Meléndez Oyola, Melissa

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Department of Oceanography
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Marine Sciences Building
1000 Pope Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: 808-956-6632

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. 2020 – Oceanography, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S2013 – Chemical Oceanography, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
  • B.Sc. 2009 – Environmental Sciences, University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras

Research Interest

My research focuses on carbon chemistry and ocean acidification dynamics in open ocean, coastal, and coral reef settings. I am interested in using interdisciplinary approaches to explore how anthropogenic, physical, and biological processes drive ocean carbon chemistry variations across time and space. These approaches include modeling techniques, laboratory analyses, and autonomous instrumentation to better understand how natural processes can mask/enhance ocean acidification.

Current Research Projects

  • Evaluating Calcification on a Hawaiian Coral Reef Using a Novel, Solid-State Total Alkalinity and pH Sensor. (PI: Christopher Sabine; PI: Todd Martz, Co-PI: Ellen Briggs, Post-Doc: Melissa Meléndez)
  • Evaluate and compare carbonate chemistry and bio

Meléndez, M., Salisbury, J., Gledhill, D., Langdon, C., Morell, J. M., Manzello, D., Musielewicz, S.,and Sutton, A. Net ecosystem metabolism at two Atlantic coral reef systems using long-term CO2 time-series observations and a mass balance approach. Limnology and Oceanography, under review. 

Meléndez, M. “Effects of Nearshore Processes on Carbonate Chemistry Dynamics and Ocean Acidification” (2020). Doctoral Dissertations. 2532.

Meléndez, M., Salisbury, J., Gledhill, D., Langdon, C., Morell, J. M., Manzello, D., Musielewicz, S., Rodriguez-Abudo, S.,and Sutton, A. (2020) Seasonal variations of carbonate chemistry at two western Atlantic coral reefs, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans,

García-Troche, E. M.; Morell, J. M., Meléndez, M., and Salisbury, J. Carbonate chemistry seasonality in a tropical mangrove lagoon in La Parguera, Puerto Rico, PloS one, accepted. 

Murry, B., Colón-Merced, R.J., Colón-Rivera, R.J., Fury, C., García-Bermúdez, M., Herrera-Giraldo, J.L., Jackson, C.W., Lilyestrom, C., Llerandi-Román, I., Meléndez-Ackerman, E., Meléndez-Oyola, M., Monzón-Carmona, O., Platenberg, R., Quiñones, M., Ruiz, H., Schärer-Umpierre, M., Stys, B., Swinnerton, K., Toledo-Soto, G., & Vargas, J. An overview of the socio-ecological system of cays and islets in the US Caribbean and their vulnerability to climate change. 2019. Encyclopedia of the World’s Biomes

Sutton, A.J., Feely, R.A., Maenner-Jones, S., Musielwicz, S., Osborne, J., Dietrich, C., Monacci, N., Cross, J., Bott, R. and Kozyr, A., AJ. Andersson, N. Bates, W-J Cai, M. Cronin, E. De Carlo, B Hales, SD. Howden, CM. Lee, D. Manzello, MJ. McPhaden, M Meléndez, JB. Mickett, J. Newton, SE. Noakes, JH Noh, SR. Olafsdottir, J. Salisbury, U Send,TW. Trull, DC. Vandemark, RA. Weller.2018. Autonomous seawater pCO2 and pH time series from 40 surface buoys and the emergence of anthropogenic trends, Earth Syst. Sci. Data Discuss

Cyronak, T., Andersson, A. J., Langdon, C., Albright, R., Bates, N. R., Caldeira, K., Carlton, R., Corredor, J. E., Dunbar, R. B., Enochs, I., Erez,J., Eyre, B. D., Gattuso, J-P., Gledhill, D., Kayanne, H., Kline, D. I., Koweek, D. A., Lantz, C., Lazar, B., Manzello, D., McMahon, A., Meléndez,M., Page, H. N., Santos, I. R., Schulz, K. G., Shaw, E., Silverman, J., Suzuki, A., Teneva, L., Watanabe, A., and Yamamoto, S. 2018. Taking the metabolic pulse of the world’s coral reefs. PloS one,13(1), e0190872.

Meléndez, M., and Salisbury, J. 2017. Impacts of ocean acidification in the coastal and marine environments of Caribbean small island developing states (SIDS). Caribbean Mar. Climate Change Rep. Card Sci. Rev 2017, 31-30,  

Nesterenko,E.P., Nesterenko,P.N., Paull,B., Meléndez, M., and Corredor, J.E. 2013. Fast direct determination of strontium in seawater using high performance chelation ion chromatography, Microchemical Journal, 111:8-15

Meléndez, M., Nesterenko, E.P., Nesterenko,P.N., and Corredor, J.E. 2013. Direct Chromatographic Separation and Determination of Calcium and Magnesium in Seawater and Sediment Porewaters, Limnology and OceanographyMethods,