Cristina M. Orrico

Senior Research Associate and Research Project Manager, WET Labs Inc.
Philomath, OR 97370
Phone: (541) 929-5650 x 46 E-mail:

2002 M.A. Biological Science, California Polytechnic State University
Thesis: In-Situ classification of phytoplankton in optically complex coastal waters. 

1998 B.A. Biological Science & Marine Science, Rutgers University, New Jersey
Thesis: Ultraviolet light-induced suppressions in the photosynthetic activity in Thalassiosira pseudonanna:

monochromatic action spectra for photosystem II quantum yields. 

2006–present: Senior Research Associate & Research Project Manager, WET Labs Inc., Philomath, Oregon 
2003–present: Assistant Research Specialist III, University California Santa Barbara 
2000–2002: Research Assistant, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo 
2001–2002 Teaching Assistant: Phycology & Marine Biology labs, San Luis Obispo
1999 Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences Laboratory Manager 
1998 Rutgers University Field Marine Station Technician 
1997 Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences Fellow & Henry Rutgers Scholar

2006: Penobscot River & Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System (ONR, NASA-IDS)
2003: Adaptive Ocean Sampling Network & SPOKES projects, MBARI (ONR)
1997–2001: Long-term Ecosystem Observatory, Rutgers University (ONR, NOPP)

1997 R/V Caleta
1998 R/V Northstar-5
1999–2001 R/V Walford
2000 R/V Endeavor
2003 R/V Pt. Sur , R/V Shana Rae
2006–2008 R/V Argo Maine

Ocean-Optical Instrumentation: ac-9, ac-s, MODAPS, DH4, ECO, Hydrorad-3, a-Beta, c-Beta Hydroscatt-6, OCR507, OCR504, TSRB, LISST, FSI & Sea-Bird CTDs, MBBP G2 & G3, U-BAT

Laboratory Instrumentation: PAM fluorometer, spectrophotometer, spectrofluorometer, UV-Monochrometer, Fast Repetition Rate Fluorometry

Biotechnology: Western and Immunoblotting, radioisotopes, scintillation counter

Software: Matlab, Visual Basic, Fortner Transform, Minitab, S-Plus, WL Host, WAP

PADI Open Water, HAZMAT training (1999)

2002 Academic Distinction, California Poly Technique University , San Luis Obispo , CA
2001 UNOCAL Scholarship, California Poly Technique University , San Luis Obispo , CA
2000 Applegarth Scholarship , California Poly Technique University, San Luis Obispo , CA
1998 Henry Rutgers Scholar, Rutgers University
1997 Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences Fellow, Rutgers University

Grembowicz, K.P., R. J. Pluhar, C.M. Orrico, M. J. Natter, C.C. Carson. 2009 Advancements in bioluminescence instrumentation for naval applications. Proceedings of the Ocean Optics in Natural Waters Conference, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Orrico, C.M., M.A. Moline, A.H. Barnard, I. Robbins, B. Zelenke, W. Strubhar, J. Koegler, C. Moore. 2009. Long-term use and servicing requirements of the commercial Underwater Bioluminescence Assessment Tool (U-BAT): A new tool for monitoring ecosystem dynamics in coastal environments, Proceedings of the Oceans 2009 Conference, Biloxi, MS.

Orrico, C.M., A.H. Barnard, C. Moore, M. Moline, I. Robbins, J. Morgan, C. Johnson, J.F. Case, J. Koegler, W. Strubhar. 2008. The underwater bioluminescence assessment tool (UBAT) a new platform adaptable bioluminescence sensor for coastal and open ocean environments. Proceedings of Ocean Optics XIX, Tuscany , Italy .

Orrico, C.M., C. Moore, D. Romanko, A. Derr, A.H. Barnard, C. Janzen, N. Larson, D. Murphy, R. Johnson, J. Bauman. 2007. WQM: A new integrated water quality monitor package for long-term in-situ observation of physical and biogeochemical parameters. Proceedings of the Oceans 2007 Conference, Vancouver , B.C.

Moline, M, S.M. Blackwell, J.F. Case, S.H.D. Haddock, C.M. Herren, C.M. Orrico , E. Terrill. 2008. Structure and interaction of coastal planktonic communities using bioluminescence. Deep-Sea Research II , doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2008.08.002 .

Orrico, C. , A. Barnard, C. Roesler, W. Balch, H. Franklin, D. Anderson. 2006. Seasonal variability of ocean color remote sensing reflectance in Penobscot Bay , ME. Proceedings of Ocean Optics XVIII, Montreal , Canada

Barnard, A., C. Orrico , C. Roesler. Using temporal and spatial variability in optical signal measured from a network of mooring within Penobscot Bay and river system to discern between coastal riverine CDOM success. 2006. Proceedings of Ocean Optics XVIII, Montreal , Canada

Herren, C.M., S.H.D. Haddock, C. Johnson, C. Orrico, M. Moline, J.F. Case. 2005. A multi-platform 
bathyphotometer for fine-scale, coastal bioluminescence research. Limnology and Oceanography 
Methods. 3:247–262.

Moline, M., R. Arnone, T. Bergmann, S. Glenn, M. Oliver, C. Orrico, O. Schofield, S. Tozzi. 2004.
Variability in Spectral Backscatter Estimated From Satellites and its Relation to in-situ 
measurements in optically complex coastal waters. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 25 
(7–8) 1465–1468.

Oliver, M., O. Schofield,. T. Bergmann, S. Glenn, M. Moline, C. Orrico. 2004. Deriving in situ phytoplankton 
absorption for bio-optical productivity models in turbid waters. Journal of Geophysical Research (109) C07S11.

Glenn, S., R. Arnone, T. Bergmann, W.P. Bissett, M. Crowley, J. Cullen, J. Gryzmski, D. Haidvogel, J. 
Kohut, M. Moline, M. Oliver, C. Orrico, R. Sherrell, T. Song, A. Weidemann, R. Chant, and O. 
Schofield. 2004. Biogeochemical impact of summertime coastal upwelling on the New Jersey 
Shelf. Journal of Geophysical Research (109) C12S02.

Schofield, O., T. Bergmann, M.J. Oliver, A. Irwin, G. Kirkpatrick, W.P. Bissett, M.A. Moline, and C. 
. 2004. Inversion of spectral absorption in the optically complex coastal waters of the Mid-
Atlantic Bight. Journal of Geophysical Research (109) C12S04.

Orrico, C. 2002. In-Situ classification of phytoplankton in optically complex coastal waters. Masters 
Thesis at CalPoly.

Kirkpatrick, G. C. Orrico, M. Moline, M. Oliver, O. Schofield. 2002. Continuous, hyperspectral absorption 
measurements of colored dissolved organic material in aquatic systems. Journal of Applied Optics, 
Vol 42 (33):6564–6568.Grzymski, J. C. Orrico, O. Schofield. 2001. Monochromatic action of UVB on in vivo PSII activity in the marine diatom Thalassiosira pseudonanna. Photosynthesis Research, Vol 68:181–192.

Orrico, C. 1998.. Ultraviolet light-induced suppressions in the photosynthetic activity in Thalassiosira 
pseudonanna: monochromatic action spectra for photosystem II quatnum yields. Henry Rutgers Thesis Publications at Rutgers University.

Orrico, C., S.H.D. Haddock, K. Johnson, S. Blackwell, M. Moline, C.M. Herren, C. Johnson, K. Maynard,
J.F. Case. 2004. Modeled bioluminescence response during an upwelling-relaxation period in Monterey Bay, CA. Ocean Sciences. Honolulu, HI.

Orrico, C., M. Moline, Y. Agrawal, T. Bergmann, J. Kerfoot, A. Schaffner, O.M. Schofield. 2003. In-Situ 
classification of phytoplankton in optically complex coastal waters. Ocean Sciences. Salt Lake 
City, UT.

Orrico, C., T. Bergmann, P. Bissett, M. Moline, O. Schofield. 2002. Deconvolution of spectral 
measurements to derive active constituents in turbid coastal waters. Ocean Sciences. Honolulu, HI.