Jesse Vance received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Portland State University (2007) and began his scientific career as an analytical chemist managing several laboratory services for the research floor of the Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland, OR. With a passion for the environment, his research interest turned toward anthropogenic effects on ocean chemistry and ecology. Jesse earned his M.S. in Oceanography from Oregon State University (2012) where he developed state-of-the-art instrumentation systems for measuring carbonate chemistry in sea water and investigated biogeochemical cycling in estuarine and coastal environments off Oregon and the effects of ocean acidification on bivalves. He worked closely with industry and government agencies to understand the impacts of ocean acidification, climate forecasting and mitigation strategies for shellfish production. Prior to working at NEON, Jesse worked for the Pacific Shellfish Growers Association to engineer and retrofit hatcheries in Oregon and Washington with systems to monitor ocean chemistry in real time. Collaborating with the University of Washington, Oregon State University, and NOAA, he used these systems to contribute to the development of an ocean acidification observatory network by developing software and algorithms to share quality controlled data through NANOOS (part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative).
Jesse’s research interests have focused on measuring and understanding the global carbon cycle and its interaction with climate and ecosystem function over varying temporal and spatial scales. He is particularly interested in biogeochemical cycling in aquatic and coastal ecosystems, gas exchange and the lateral transport of carbon from land to sea.