Jessica Valenti
Postdoctoral Researchers
Graduate Program in Oceanography
Postdoctoral Researcher
Rutgers University Marine Field Station, 800 Great Bay Blvd , Tuckerton, NJ 08087
Research Interests

I am broadly interested in anthropogenic influences on the marine environment. My research has examined the impacts of spilled oil and urbanization (human development of the land), as well as natural stressors, such as Hurricane Sandy, on estuarine fishes over multiple spatial and temporal scales. For my post-doc, I will continue studying anthropogenic stressors on fishes by using the Rutgers University Marine Field Station’s 30-year larval fish collection to investigate microplastic intake in larval fish from the past and present.

Short History

While at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey for my undergraduate degree, I became interested in anthropogenic stressors on the marine environment after studying the effects of the BP oil spill on Louisiana marsh fish assemblages during a Research Experiences for Undergraduates internship at Rutgers. After completing my B.S. in Marine Science with minors in Chemistry and Biology, I enrolled in the Rutgers Oceanography Program where I studied urbanization effects on estuarine fishes and completed my Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Grothues and Dr. Ken Able. I am currently a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow working closely with Dr. Grace Saba (Rutgers University) and Dr. Ashok Deshpande (NOAA James J. Howard Marine Science Laboratory) on microplastics research.


2014, B.S., Marine Science, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
2020, Ph.D., Graduate Program in Oceanography, Rutgers University