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  • 2012-Present, 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, X. Xu (2018), "Limited contribution of ancient methane to surface waters of the U.S. Beaufort Sea shelf." Science Advances. 4, eaao4842, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aao4842.

  • 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 Reportsdoi: 10.1038/s41598-017-11060-z.

  • Ruppel, C. D. and J. D. Kessler (2017), “The Interaction of Climate Change and Methane Hydrates.” Reviews of Geophysicsdoi: 10.1002/2016RG000534.

  • Paytan, A., A. Lecher, N. Dimova, K. SparrowF. Garcia-Tigreros Kodovska, 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 Sciencesdoi:10.1073/pnas.1417392112.

  • Kessler, J.D. (2014) “Atlantic Bubble Bath.” Nature: Geosciencedoi: 10.1038/ngeo2238.

  • 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 Sciencesdoi: 10.1073/pnas.1110564109.

  • Kessler, J.D., D.L. Valentine, M.C. Redmond, M. DuE.W. ChanS.D. Mendes, E.W. Quiroz, C.J. VillanuevaS.S. ShustaL.M. Werra, S.A. Yvon-Lewis, T.C. Weber (2011). "A Persistent Oxygen Anomaly Reveals the Fate of Spilled Methane in the Deep Gulf of Mexico."  Science, 331, 312-315, doi:10.1126/science.1199697.

  • Valentine, D.L., J.D. Kessler, M.C. Redmond, S.D. MendesM.B. Heintz, C. Farwell, L. Hu, F.S. Kinnaman, S.A. Yvon-Lewis, M. DuE.W. Chan, F. Garcia-TigrerosC.J. Villanueva (2010). "Propane respiration jump-starts microbial response to a deep oil spill."  Science, 330, 208-211, doi:10.1126/science.1196830.

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