Student-Led Evaluations & Development (SLED)

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Student-Led Evaluations & Development (SLED) is a student-led group that represents the academic interests of graduate students at the Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science. The primary focus of SLED is evaluating the state of mentorship on the Rosenstiel School campus and developing tools and resources for the administration to use in order to effect broad and long-lasting impacts on the programmatic success of student-mentor relationships. This committee is also charged with having a role in facilitating the professional and academic development of the Rosenstiel School graduate student body. Click here to view or download the official SLED committee charter (pdf).

Current SLED committee representatives:

Sisam Shrestha

Sisam Shrestha (ATM)
Committee Chair

I’m a third year PhD student working with Dr. Brian Soden. I have a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. My research deals with upper tropospheric humidity and tropical circulation strength.

Anna Bakker

Anna Bakker (MGS)

I am a 2nd year PhD student in MGS working with Dr. Sam Purkis in his Remote Sensing Lab. I grew up in Northern California and later received my B.S. in Oceanography from the University of Washington. My current research focuses on the predictive modelling of the health and resilience of remote, tropical coral reef ecosystems in the face of natural and anthropogenic disturbance.

Anne Barkley

Anne Barkley (ATM)

I'm a fourth-year PhD student studying atmospheric particles called aerosols and their effect on marine and terrestrial biogeochemical cycles.

Mike Connelly

Mike Connelly (MBE)

I am a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Nikki Traylor-Knowles' lab researching coral innate immunity and bacteria community interactions, with the ultimate goal of improving coral reef conservation and restoration strategies. Also, I strive to limit the impacts of climate change at a local level as an avid bicycle commuter and advocate for safe bicycling infrastructure in Miami."


Cailin Harrell (MPS PD)

I am a M.S. student in the Marine Biology & Ecology Department completing my thesis in Dr. Diego Lirman's Coral Restoration and Benthic Ecology Lab. My research focuses on developing restoration methods for massive coral species that will limit fish predation and enhance the diversity of coral reef restoration.

Matt Grossi

Matt Grossi (MPO)

I am a 4th year MPO Ph.D. student working with Dr. Tamay Ozgokmen. I am currently testing the potential of machine learning techniques as new tools for predicting submesoscale ocean dynamics. We are particularly interested in applications such as the transport of spilled oil and marine debris in the ocean. I received my B.S. in physical oceanography from the Florida Institute of Technology and an M.S. in oceanography from the University of Delaware.

Glorianne Rivera

Glorianne Rivera (OCE)

I am a 3rd year Ph.D. student in the Ocean Science department working with Dr. William Drennan at the Surge Structure Atmosphere Interaction (SUSTAIN) Lab. My research focuses on the effects of sea spray on oil transport during high wind conditions. I am originally from the beautiful town of Adjuntas, Puerto Rico and received my B.Sc. in Meteorology from the University of Miami.

Samantha Sierra-Martinez

Samantha Sierra-Martinez (MBE)

I am a 2nd year PhD student in Dr. Oleksiaks and Dr. Crawfords lab. My current research focuses on the evolution of mitochondrial and nuclear genomic variations on metabolic processes. I am from Miami and received my BS in Biotechnology from Miami Dade College.

Matt Varkony

Matt Varkony (EVR)

I am a second year PhD student in the Environmental Science and Policy department working with Dr. Renato Molina. My work focuses on integrating natural processes with causal impacts on society. I received my BS in Math and Economics and an MPS in Natural Hazard Analysis from the University of Miami.

The Rosenstiel School Outstanding Mentor Award:

Effective mentoring is one of the cornerstones of a fruitful graduate student education. The annual Rosenstiel School Outstanding Mentor Award recognizes a Rosenstiel School faculty or staff member who displays excellent mentoring qualities. The awardee receives a certificate at a school-wide reception and their name is engraved on a plaque and displayed on campus. For current and previous recipients, contact the MSGSO.

The Student - Mentor Relationship Survey:

This survey is administered to the students in order to gather data on the status of student-mentor relationships. This survey has 2 primary goals:

1) Gather data as a means of tracking historical trends in student-mentor interaction at the Rosenstiel School

2) Provide analysis that will inform the current administration on how to improve the Rosenstiel School graduate mentorship.