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Michael Vardaro

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Assistant Professor (Senior Research) - OOI Assoc. Project Scientist

Discipline: Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry
Office: Burt 295
Phone: 541-737-9350
Fax: 541-737-2064
Email: mvardaro@coas.oregonstate.edu
Vita or Résumé (PDF)

Research Interests

Deep-sea biogeochemistry, with specializations in remote sensing, invertebrate biology, time-lapse underwater photography, climate variability and change, and surface-to-seafloor connectivity.

Current Research

I am an associate project scientist on the Ocean Observatories Initiative, an NSF-funded project to record long-term environmental changes and short-term events in the marine ecosystem on a Coastal, Regional, and Global scale. My portion of the project is to help design, test, and deploy the Endurance Array off the coast of Oregon and Washington. Endurance will consist of a series of moorings and seafloor observatories, some self-contained and others connected to electro-optical cables to provide real-time data and power, and will be instrumented with various types of sensors, cameras, and autonomous vehicles.

My previous experience is in benthic invertebrate biology and ecology, deep-sea field research, and various remote observation techniques. Specifically, I have designed and deployed photographic and oceanographic instrumentation in the Gulf of Mexico, Northeastern Pacific, and Southeastern Atlantic oceans to study the links between surface productivity, carbon flux, and deep benthic populations, and how such systems change over time.


2008, Ph.D., Marine Biology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
2004, M.S., Oceanography, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
1998, B.S., Biology, Georgetown University, Washington, DC


Vardaro, M.F., Smith, K.L., Jr., Rowe, G.T., Priede, I.G., Bagley, P.M., Bett, B.J., Ruhl, H.A., Jones, D.O.B., Risien, C., Bailey, D.M., Sangolay, B.B., Walls, A., Clarke, J. (2013)  A Southeast Atlantic deep-ocean observatory: first experiences and results. Limnology & Oceanography: Methods. 11: 304-315.

Vardaro, M. F. (2010). Genetic and anatomic relationships among three morphotypes of the echinoid Echinocrepis rostrata. Invertebrate Biology 129(4): 368–375.

Vardaro, M.F., Ruhl, H.A., Smith, K.L., Jr. (2009) Climate variation, carbon flux, and bioturbation in the abyssal North Pacific. Limnology & Oceanography. 54(6): 2081-2088.

Vardaro, M.F., Parmley, D., Smith, K. L. (2007) A study of possible “reef effects” caused by a long-term time-lapse camera in the deep North Pacific. Deep-Sea Research I. 54(8): 1231-1240.

Vardaro, M.F., MacDonald, I.R., Bender, L.C., Guinasso, N.L., Jr. (2005) Dynamic processes observed at a gas hydrate outcropping on the continental slope of the Gulf of Mexico. Geo-Marine Letters. 26(1): 1432-1157

MacDonald, I.R., Bender, L.C., Vardaro, M., Bernard, B., Brooks, J.M. (2005) Thermal and visual time series at a seafloor gas hydrate deposit on the Gulf of Mexico slope. EPSL. 233: 45-59.

MacDonald, I.R., Vardaro, M., Bender, L. (2003) A temperature and photographic time-series from a seafloor gas hydrate deposit on the Gulf of Mexico slope. Geophysical Research Abstracts. 5: p. 12714.

Eastlack, M., Walter, G., Lenrow, D., Dudley, G., Swift, A., Yim, S., Gregory, C., Vardaro, M., Vandenborne, K. (1999) A Comparison of In Vitro Enzymatic Assays with In Vivo 31P MRS of Muscle Metabolism. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Vol. 31:5, p. S242.

Russ, D.W., Binder-Macleod, S.A., Elliot, M.A., Swift, A., Vandenborne, K., Vardaro, M., Walter, G. (1999) Metabolic cost of different stimulation trains during fatigue of skeletal muscle. FASEB Journal. 13(5): A690, Part 2, Suppl.

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