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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


  • 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, Limited contribution of ancient methane to surface waters of the U.S. Beaufort Sea shelf. Science Advances. 4, eaao4842 (2018).
  • 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, doi: doi:10.1038/s41598-017-11060-z. 
  • Ruppel, C. D. and J. D. Kessler (2017), “The Interaction of Climate Change and Methane Hydrates.” Reviews of Geophysics, doi: 10.1002/2016RG000534.
  • Leonte, M., J. D. Kessler, M. Y. Kellermann, E. C. Arrington, D. L. Valentine, S. P. Sylva (2017), “Rapid rates of aerobic methane oxidation at the feather edge of gas hydrate stability in the waters of Hudson Canyon, US Atlantic Margin.” Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2017.01.009.
  • Weinstein, A., L. Navarrete, C. Ruppel, T. C. Weber, M. Leonte, M. Y. Kellermann, E. C. Arrington, D. L. Valentine, M. I. Scranton, and J. D. Kessler (2016), "Determining the flux of methane into Hudson Canyon at the edge of methane clathrate hydrate stability," Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 17, doi:10.1002/2016GC006421.
  • Garcia-Tigreros Kodovska, F., K.J. Sparrow, S.A. Yvon-Lewis, A. Paytan, N.T. Dimova, A. Lecher, J.D. Kessler. (2016) “Dissolved methane and carbon dioxide fluxes in Subarctic and Arctic regions: Assessing measurement techniques and spatial gradients.” Earth and Planetary Science Letters, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2015.12.002.
  • Chan, E., J. D. Kessler, A. Shiller, D.J. Joung, F. Colombo. (2016) “Aqueous mesocosm techniques enabling the real-time measurement of the chemical and isotopic kinetics of dissolved methane and carbon dioxide.” Environmental Science & Technology, doi: 10.1021/acs.est.5b04304.
  • Dimova, N.T., A. Paytan, J.D. Kessler, K.J. Sparrow, F. Garcia-Tigreros Kodovska, A.L. Lecher, J. Murray, and S.M. Tulaczyk. (2015) "Current Magnitude and Mechanisms of Groundwater Discharge in the Arctic: Case Study from Alaska." Environmental Science & Technology, doi: 10.1021/acs.est.5b02215.
  • Lecher, A.L., J.D. Kessler, K. Sparrow, F. Garcia-Tigreros Kodovska, N. Dimova, J. Murray, S. Tulaczyk, A. Paytan. (2015) “Methane transport through submarine groundwater discharge to the North Pacific and Arctic Ocean at two Alaskan sites.” Limnology and Oceanography, doi: 10.1002/lno.10118.
  • Paytan, A., A. Lecher, N. Dimova, K. Sparrow, F. 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 Sciences, doi:10.1073/pnas.1417392112.
  • Kessler, J.D. (2014) “Atlantic Bubble Bath.” Nature: Geoscience, doi: 10.1038/ngeo2238.
  • Pack, M.A., X. Xu, M. Lupascu, J.D. Kessler, C. Czimczik. (2015) “A rapid method for preparing high concentration CH4 and CO2 gas samples for 14C-AMS analysis.” Organic Geochemistry, doi: 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2014.10.010.
  • Du, M., S. Yvon-Lewis, F. Garcia-Tigreros, D.L. Valentine, S. Mendes, J.D. Kessler. (2014) “High resolution measurements of methane and carbon dioxide concentrations and air-sea fluxes reveal the influence of methane seepage on greenhouse gas dynamics in a massive natural seep field near Coal Oil Point, California.” Environmental Science & Technology. doi: 10.1021/es5017813.
  • Errera, R.M., S. Yvon-Lewis, J.D. Kessler, L. Campbell. (2014) “Response of the harmful alga, Karenia brevis, to pre-industrial, current, and future pCO2 and sea surface temperatures.” Harmful Algae. doi: 10.1016/j.hal.2014.05.012.
  • Chen, Y., K. Lehmann, J.D. Kessler, B. Sherwood Lollar, G. Lacrampe-Couloume, T.C. Onstott, (2013) “Measurement of the 13C/12C of atmospheric CH4 using near-IR Cavity Ring-down Spectroscopy.” Analytical Chemistry, doi:
  • Du, M. and J.D. Kessler (2012). "Assessment of the Spatial and Temporal Variability of Bulk Hydrocarbon Respiration Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill." Environmental Science & Technology, doi: 10.1021/es301363k.
  • 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, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1110564109.
  • Hu, L., S.A. Yvon-Lewis, J.D. Kessler, I.R. MacDonald (2012). "Methane fluxes to the atmosphere from deepwater hydrocarbon seeps in the northern Gulf of Mexico." J. Geophys. Res., 117 (C1), C01009, doi:10.1029/2011JC007208.
  • 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, 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. (Abstract, Full Text, Reprint)
  • Kessler, J. D., Valentine, D. L., Redmond, M. C., and Du, M. R. (2011) Response to Comment on "A Persistent Oxygen Anomaly Reveals the Fate of Spilled Methane in the Deep Gulf of Mexico". Science, 332, doi:10.1126/science.1203428.
  • Pasche, N., Schmid, M., Vazquez, F., Schubert, C. J., Wuest, A., Kessler, J. D., Pack, M. A., Reeburgh, W. S., and Burgmann, H. (2011) Methane sources and sinks in Lake Kivu. J Geophys Res-Biogeo, 116, G03006, doi:10.1029/2011JG001690.
  • S.A. Yvon-Lewis, L. Hu, J.D. Kessler (2011).  "Methane flux to the atmosphere from the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster."  Geophysical Research Letters, 38, L01602, doi: 10.1029/2010GL045928.
  • 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, C.J. Villanueva (2010). "Propane respiration jump-starts microbial response to a deep oil spill."  Science, 330, 208-211, doi:10.1126/science.1196830.
  • Crowe, S.A., S. Katsev, K. Leslie, A. Sturm, C. Magen, S. Nomosatryo, M.A. Pack, J.D. Kessler, W.S. Reeburgh, J.A. Roberts, L. Gonzalez, G. Douglas Haffner, A. Mucci, B. Sundby, D.A. Fowle (2010).  "The methane cycle in ferruginous Lake Matano."  Geobiology, doi: 10.1111/j.1472-4669.2010.00257.x.
  • Kessler, J.D., W.S. Reeburgh, D.L. Valentine, F.S. Kinnaman, E.T. Peltzer, P.G. Brewer, J. Southon, and S.C. Tyler (2008). “A survey of methane isotope abundance (14C, 13C, 2H) from five nearshore marine basins that reveals unusual radiocarbon levels in subsurface waters.” Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, C12021, doi:10.1029/2008JC004822.
  • Kessler, J.D., W.S. Reeburgh , S.C. Tyler (2006).   “Controls on Methane Concentration and Stable Isotope (δ2H-CH4 and δ13C-CH4) Distributions in the water columns of the Black Sea and Cariaco Basin .”   Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 20 (4), GB4004, doi:10.1029/2005GB002571.
  • Kessler, J.D., W.S. Reeburgh, J. Southon, R. Seifert, W. Michaelis, S.C. Tyler (2006).   “Basin-wide Estimates of Input of Methane from Seeps and Clathrates to the Black Sea.”  Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 243, 366-375.
  • Onstott, T.C., D. McGown, J. Kessler, B. Sherwood Lollar, K.K. Lehmann, S.M. Clifford (2006).   “Martian CH4: Sources, Flux, and Detection.”   Astrobiology, 6 (2), 377-395.
  • Kessler, J.D., W.S. Reeburgh, J. Southon, R. Varela (2005).   “Fossil Methane Source Dominates Cariaco Basin Water Column Methane Geochemistry.”  Geophysical Research Letters, 32, L12609, doi:10.1029/2005GL022984.

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