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  • 2019-Present, Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Science, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
  • 2012-2019, Associate Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Science, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
  • 2008-2012, Assistant Professor, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
  • 2005-2008, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Geosciences, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
  • 2000-2005, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Earth Systems Science, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA
  • 1998-2000, Research Chemist, Atmospheric Chemistry Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD


  • 2005-2008, Postdoctoral Research, Department of Geoscience, Princeton University
  • 2005, Ph.D., Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine
  • 2003, M.S., Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine
  • 1998, B.S., Chemistry and Mathematics, Gettysburg College


  • 2017-2018: Professor of the Year in the Natural Sciences, award by the Student Association
  • 2015: The Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
  • 2014: National Academy of Sciences: U.S. Kavli Frontiers of Sciences
  • 2012: Sloan Research Fellow: Ocean Sciences
  • 2011: Discover Magazine: Top 100 Stories of 2011
  • 2001: Distinguished Scholar Award: Microbean Analysis Society



  • Sparrow, K. J., J. D. Kessler, J. R. Southon, F. Garcia-Tigreros, K. M. Schreiner, C. D. Ruppel, J. B. Miller, S. J. Lehman, and X. Xu (2018). Limited contribution of ancient methane to surface waters of the U.S. Beaufort Sea shelf. Science Advances, 4(1), eaao4842.

  • Shiller, A. M., E. W. Chan, D. J. Joung, M. C. Redmond, and J. D. Kessler (2017). Light rare earth element depletion during Deepwater Horizon blowout methanotrophy. Nature: Scientific Reports, 7, 10389.

  • Ruppel, C. D. and J. D. Kessler (2017). The Interaction of Climate Change and Methane Hydrates. Reviews of Geophysics, 55(1), 126-168.

  • Paytan, A., A. Lecher, N. Dimova, K. Sparrow, F. Garcia-Tigreros Kodovska, and J. D. Kessler (2015). Methane transport from the active layer to lakes in the Arctic using Toolik Lake, Alaska, as a case study. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(12), 3636-3640.

  • Kessler, J. D. (2014). Atlantic Bubble Bath. Nature: Geoscience, 7(9), 625-626.

  • Ryerson, T. B., R. Camilli, J. D. Kessler, E. B. Kujawinski, C. M. Reddy, D. L. Valentine, E. Atlas, D. R. Blake, J. de Gouw, S. Meinardi, D. D. Parrish, J. Peischl, J. S. Seewald, and C. Warneke (2012). Chemical data quantify Deepwater Horizon hydrocarbon flow rate and environmental distribution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(50), 20246-20253.

  • Kessler, J. D., D. L. Valentine, M. C. Redmond, M. Du, E. W. Chan, S. D. Mendes, E. W. Quiroz, C. J. Villanueva, S. S. Shusta, L. M. Werra, S. A. Yvon-Lewis, and T. C. Weber (2011). A Persistent Oxygen Anomaly Reveals the Fate of Spilled Methane in the Deep Gulf of Mexico. Science, 331(6015), 312-315.

  • Valentine, D. L., J. D. Kessler, M. C. Redmond, S. D. Mendes, M. B. Heintz, C. Farwell, L. Hu, F. S. Kinnaman, S. A. Yvon-Lewis, M. Du, E. W. Chan, F. Garcia-Tigreros, and C. J. Villanueva (2010). Propane respiration jump-starts microbial response to a deep oil spill. Science, 330(6001), 208-211.

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