Mary Jane Perry

University of Maine, School of Marine Sciences
Darling Marine Center
Walpole, ME 04573
Phone: 207.563.8339

Professional Preparation and Current Appointments

B.A. – 1969 College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, N. Y.
Ph.D. – 1974 Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
1999 – present Professor of Oceanography, University of Maine, Orono, Maine
1999 – present Affiliate Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Research Interests

My long-term goal is to understand the mechanisms responsible for the variability in phytoplankton biomass, primary production, and species composition. I started my oceanographic career by studying the role of phosphate availability in controlling phytoplankton biomass and production in the subtropical Central North Pacific. Although I retain my interest in nutrient dynamics, my focus shifted to the interaction of phytoplankton and light in the ocean. I started this phase of my career with a study of the photoadaptive changes in the absorption cross section of photosystem I in marine phytoplankton.

My present research interests include primary production (at the level of the single cell and as well as the entire phytoplankton assemblage); photosynthetic physiology as well as phytoplankton physiology in general; biological optics; and ocean observations using in-situ optics and remote sensing. I have participated in a number of cruises in both the north Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Specific research projects have included:
  • the behavior of the photosynthetic quantum yield to different environmental conditions;
  • the use of flow cytometry to study phytoplankton photoadaptive states and vertical mixing;
  • the development of immunological methods to determine the presence of specific bacterial and phytoplanktonic species in field samples;
  • the development of immunological methods to determine concentrations of photosynthetic components; and
  • and a variety of direct and inverse methods to determine the phytoplankton absorption coefficient from total absorption coefficients.

Publications - recent

Mahadevan, A., E. D'Asaro, C. Lee, and M. J. Perry. 2012. Eddy-driven stratification initiates a North Atlantic Spring phytoplankton bloom. Science 337: 54-58; doi: 10.1126/science.1218740

Cetinić, I., M. J. Perry, N. Briggs, E. Kallin, E. A. D'Asaro, C. M. Lee. 2012. Particulate organic carbon and inherent optical properties during the 2008 North Atlantic Bloom Experiment. Journal of Geophysical Research 117, C06028, 18 pp. doi:10.1029/2011JC00777

Alkire, M. B., E. D'Asaro, C. Lee, M. J. Perry, A. Gray, I. Cetinić, N. Briggs, E. Rehm, E. Kallin, J. Kaiser, and A. Gonzalez-Posada. 2012. Estimates of net community production and export using high-resolution, Lagrangian measurements of O2, NO3-, and POC through the evolution of a spring diatom bloom in the North Atlantic. Deep-Sea Research Part I 64: 157-174;

Zhang, L., T. Bidleman, M. J. Perry, and R. Lohmann (2012). Fate of chiral and achiral organochlorine pesticides in the North Atlantic Bloom Experiment. Environmental Science and Technology 46: 8106-14. DOI: 10.1021/es3009248

Fennel, K., I. Cetinić, E. D'Asaro, C. Lee, and M. J. Perry. (2011) Autonomous data describe North Atlantic spring bloom. Eos Trans. AGU, 92(50), 465; doi:10.1029/2011EO500002

deCharon, A., C. Companion, I. Cetinić, C. Lee, A. Mahadevan, E. D'Asaro, N. Poulton, M. J. Perry. 2011. North Atlantic Bloom series webinar. LINK TO WEBINAR CONTENTS

Briggs, Nathan, Mary Jane Perry, Ivona Cetinić, Craig Lee, Eric D'Asaro, Amanda Gray, Eric Rehm. 2011. Underwater gliders observe aggregate flux event in high vertical and temporal resolution during the North Atlantic spring bloom. Deep-Sea Research Part I 58 (2011) pp. 1031-1039, 10.1016/j.dsr.2011.07.007

Martin, P., R. S. Lampitt, M. J. Perry, R. Sanders, C. Lee, D'Asaro. 2011. Export and mesopelagic particle flux during a North Atlantic spring diatom bloom, Deep-Sea Research I 58: 338-349 doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2011.01.006

Bagniewski, W., K. Fennel, M. J. Perry, and E. A. D'Asaro. 2011. Optimizing models of the North Atlantic spring bloom using physical, chemical and bio-optical observations from a Lagrangian float. Biogeosciences Discussion 7, 1-44, 2010 doi:10.5194/bgd-7-1-2010

Johnson, K.S., W. M. Berelson, E. Boss, Z. Chase, H. Claustre, S. R. Emerson, N. Gruber, A. Körtzinger, M.J. Perry, S. C. Riser. 2009. Observing biogeochemical cycles at global scales with profiling floats and gliders: prospects for a global array. Oceanography 22:216-225.

Perry, M. J., B. S. Sackmann, C. C. Eriksen, and C. M. Lee. 2008. Seaglider observations of subsurface chlorophyll maxima off the Washington coast. Limnology and Oceanography 53(5, part 2): 2169-2179.

Boss, E., D. Swift, L. Taylor, P. Brickley, R. Zaneveld, S. Riser, and M.J. Perry. 2008. Robotic in-situ and satellite based observations of pigment and particle distributions in the Western North Atlantic. Limnology and Oceanography 53(5, part 2): 2112-2122

Dickey, T. D., E. C. Itsweire, M. Moline, and M. J. Perry. 2008. Introduction to the Limnology and Oceanography Special Issue on Autonomous and Lagrangian Platforms and Sensors (ALPS). Limnology and Oceanography 53(5, part 2): 2057-2061.

Sackmann, B., and M. J. Perry. 2006. Ocean color observations of a surface water transport event: Implications for Pseudo-nitzschia on the Washington coast. Harmful Algae 5: 608-619.


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