Marine Ecosystems and Society

Department Faculty

Jerald Stephen Ault


(305) 421-4884
Jerald S. Ault is a Professor of Marine Ecosystems and Society at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Dr. Ault is an internationally renowned fisheries scientist specializing in population dynamics, predictive analytics, machine learning, sampling design, ecosystem modeling and risk...

Daniel Domingues Benetti

Director of Aquaculture

(305) 421-4889
Besides my academic and research credentials, I have extensive international professional experience, having worked, consulted, and established research, commercial and educational programs and projects for the private and government sectors in > 20 countries throughout 5 continents over the last 30 years. Expertise in obtaining funding,...

Kenneth Broad


(305) 284-2721
Dr. Kenny Broad is an environmental anthropologist who studies the relationship between humans and their environment. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University in 1999. Kenny has led or participated in extreme scientific and filmmaking expeditions on every continent – from urban jungles to the deepest caves on the...

David J Die

Research Assoc. Professor

(305) 421-4607
Research Expertise Professor Die has worked for 30 years on research devoted to the assessment and management of worldwide fisheries and his research has been instrumental in the development of major management changes to promote sustainability. He has current collaborative research links with scientists in scientific institutions all around the...

Maria Luisa M Estevanez

Senior Lecturer

(305) 421-4012
Ms. Estevanez has been conducting research on marine resource allocation policy. She has done several studies on recreational boating as they relate to environmental issues and marine policy. She uses computer-based geographic information systems in her research.

Neil Hammerschlag

Research Associate Professor
Director of the Shark Research & Conservation Program

(305) 421-4356
Dr. Neil Hammerschlag is a marine ecologist and Research Associate Professor at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy. His current research centers broadly on the behavioral ecology, conservation biology and movement ecology of marine predators, primarily...

Frederick Hanselmann


(305) 421-4347
Dr. Frederick H. Hanselmann ("Fritz") is an underwater archaeologist and Faculty in the Department of Marine Ecosystems and Society and part of the Exploration Sciences Program at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami, where he directs the Underwater Archaeology Program.  Having...

Keene Haywood

Senior Lecturer
MPS Exploration Science Track Coordinator

(305) 284-1781
Citizen science, applications of technology to exploration, video production and multimedia in science communication, and geospatial technologies. Dr. Keene Haywood is directing the Exploration Science program through the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. His background is mixture of media production, conservation, geospatial and...

David Letson


(305) 421-4733
Since 1997, I have participated in a multi-disciplinary evaluation of climate forecasting for agricultural and water resources management in the southeastern US, as part of the Southeastern Climate Consortium (, representing several universities (Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Miami). The SECC receives its...

Katharine Mach

Assoc. Professor

(305) 421-4741
Katharine Mach is an Associate Professor at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a faculty scholar at the UM Abess Center, focused on environmental science and policy. Mach's research assesses climate change risks and response options to address increased flooding, extreme heat, wildfire, and other...

Sarah K. Meltzoff

Assoc. Professor

(305) 421-4085
Associate Professor, Department of Marine Affairs and Policy Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) Secondary Appointment, Anthropology Department, University of Miami  

Renato Molina

Asst. Professor

(305) 421-4055
Renato Molina is an engineer and economist specializing in environmental and resource economics. His work focuses on topics at the intersection between game theory, sustainability, and institutional settings. His current research explores the role of property rights in the economic impact of natural disasters, the use of conservation for...

Jill L Richardson

Senior Lecturer

(305) 421-4340
Jill Richardson began working as a scientist in the marine environment over 13 years ago in the Turks and Caicos Islands, where she assessed the sustainability of local lobster harvesting. This is where her passion for other cultures and the development of resource management programs began. Her marine science adventures culminated in a Bachelor...

John D. Stieglitz

Research Asst. Professor

(305) 421-4303
John Stieglitz is a research assistant professor at UM-RSMAS. Utilizing approaches centered on applied ecophysiology and bioenergetics of marine fish, his research aims to address marine aquaculture production challenges while also developing a greater understanding of the impacts of both natural and anthropogenic induced environmental stressors...

Daniel O Suman


(305) 421-4685
My work focuses on management of coastal areas, including mechanisms to increase institutional cooperation, capacity building, development of management plans, and reduction of conflicts between various resource users. Marine and coastal protected areas and adaptation to climate change are additional areas of my work. I dedicate much of my...