Rob

Since the moment I rode away on my first bike I’ve loved cycling.  When I moved to downtown St. Petersburg I tried commuting using a road bike without shoes that clip into the pedals.  My feet slipped off the pedals and the seat was really uncomfortable without padded cycling shorts.  It was then that I embraced the urban lifestyle and bought a funky bike.  Little was I to know that this bike would be the beginning of Rob’s Radical Rides.

The central part of my research for my PhD in chemical oceanography was building underwater sensors for small submarines.  While pedaling my new heavy bike around I realized that I could couple the technologies I was using in the underwater sensors (brushless dc motors and rechargeable batteries) with my new urban ride to build a machine that would be even greener than pedaling.

Some of my other interests include alpine climbing, bigwall climbing, whitewater kayaking, and music.  A few years back I formed original music rock band, which led to building an extensive recording studio to record the music we created.  The backing music to the Rob’s Radical Rides video on Youtube is one product of those sessions.  From these springs came the rock’n-roll/adventure driven inspiration for my e-choppers, making them the ultimate urban electric bike experience.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

6/94-5/05 University of South Florida, St. Petersburg FL, Ph. D. Marine Science 5/05
8/93-6/94 University of South Florida, Tampa FL, graduate studies in chemistry
8/89-5/93 University of Tampa, Tampa FL. B.S. Marine Science and Chemistry 5/93

Employment

2011-Present     Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Tampa

2005-Presnt        Director of the Oceanic Nutrient Laboratory at the University of South Florida

Areas of Specialization

Chemical oceanography

In situ nutrient sensor development

Nutrient chemistry

Scientific seawater systems

High sensitivity chemistry development

Major Oceanographic Research Expedition Experience

9/04 Florida Shelf Lagrangian Experiment VII.
Aboard R/V. Walton Smith duration = 17 days
Chief Scientist

11/02 Florida Shelf Lagrangian Experiment VI.
Aboard R/V. Walton Smith duration = 14 days
Chief Scientist

4/02-5/02 Southern Ocean Global Ecosystems Dynamics Program III
Aboard R/V. Nathaniel B. Palmer, duration = 40 days
Oversaw and preformed shipboard nutrient analysis

7/01-8/01 Southern Ocean Global Ecosystems Dynamics Program II
Aboard R/V. Nathaniel B. Palmer, duration = 39 days
Oversaw and preformed shipboard nutrient analysis

4/01 Florida Shelf Lagrangian Experiment V.
Aboard R/V. Walton Smith duration = 14 days
Chief Scientist

11/00 Florida Shelf Lagrangian Experiment IV.
Aboard R/V. Pelican, duration = 10 days
Coordinate cruise activities and provide shipboard nutrient and data analysis.

7/00 Florida Shelf Lagrangian Experiment III.
Aboard R/V. Pelican, duration = 10 days
Coordinate cruise activities and oversee in situ nutrient sensor deployment.

11/99 North East Gulf of Mexico (NEGOM) Cruise
Aboard R/V. Gyre, duration = 10 days
Independent Contract to provide shipboard nutrient and data analysis.

8/99 ONR funded AUV-Nutrient Sensor Field Test
Aboard R/V. Suncoaster, duration = 3 days
Field test of nutrient-sensor-equipped automated underwater vehicle, the sensor was conceived and designed primarily by myself.

11/98 North East Gulf of Mexico (NEGOM) Cruise
Aboard R/V. Gyre, duration = 13 days
Independent Contract to provide shipboard nutrient and data analysis.

9/98 ONR Collaboration Cruise for ECOHAB
Aboard R/V. Suncoaster. duration = 3 days
Provided shipboard high sensitivity nitrogen nutrient and data analysis.

2/98-3/98 JGOFS Southern Ocean
Aboard R/V. Roger Revelle, duration = 35 days
Hydrographic work including rosette maintenance, oxygen, salinity, and nutrient sample collection, as well as oxygen sample analysis.

12/97-1/98 Research on Ocean-Atmosphere Variability and Ecosystem Response in the Ross Sea study (ROAVERRS)
Aboard R/V. Nathaniel B. Palmer, duration = 21 days
Independent Contract to provide shipboard nutrient and data analysis.

8/96 Florida Shelf Lagrangian Experiment II.
Aboard R/V. Suncoaster. duration = 5 days
Organized cruise, including cruise plan and personnel.
Provided shipboard nutrient analysis and data analysis.

3/96 Florida Shelf Lagrangian Experiment.
Aboard R/V. Malcolm Baldrige, duration = 21 days
Provided shipboard nutrient analysis and data analysis.

11/95-01/96 Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (JGOFS) Arabian Sea Process Cruise VII
Aboard R/V. Thomas G. Thompson, duration = 30 days
Hydrographic work including rosette maintenance, oxygen, salinity, and nutrient sample collection, as well as salinity sample analysis.

Awards and Scholarships

Received Gulf Oceanographic Charitable Trust Fellowship in 2002.

Received Jack Lake Fellowship in 2001.

Received Jack Lake Fellowship in 2000.

Received Gulf Oceanographic Charitable Trust Fellowship in 1999.

Received Von Rosenstiel Award for first year graduate student research excellence for high sensitivity nutrient chemistry method development in 1994.

Four year recipient of a Presidential Academic Scholarship at the Univ. of Tampa. Graduated Cum Laude from the Univ. of Tampa

Publications

Darrow, B., Walsh, J., Vargo, G., Masserini, R., Fanning, K., Zhang, J., 2002. A simultation study of the growth of benthic microalgae following the decline of a surface phytoplankton bloom. Continental Shelf Research

Masserini, R.T. Jr. and Fanning K. A., 2000. A sensor package for the simultaneous determination of nanomolar concentrations of nitrite, nitrate, and ammonia in seawater by fluorescence detection. Marine Chemistry 68: 323-333.

Wanninkhof, R., Hitchcock, G., Wiseman, W. Vargo, G. Ortner, P. B., Asher, W. Ho, D. T. Schosser, P., Dickson, M.L., Masserini, R., Fanning, K. and Zhang, J. Z. 1997. Gas Exchanger, dispersion, and biological productivity on the west Florida shelf: Results from a Lagrangian tracer study. Geophysical Research Letters 24(14): 1767-1770.

Abstracts, Oral, and Poster Presentations

Masserini, R.T., Fanning, K.A 2008 High Resolution Monitoring of Episodic Nutrient Events. 2008 Ocean Sciences Meeting

Masserini, R.T., Fanning, K.A., & Wanninkhof, R. 2004. Diurnal cycling of ammonium and chlorophyll within a bolus of seawater labeled with the deliberate tracer sulfurhexafluoride. Eos Trans. AGU, 84(52), Ocean Sci. Meet. Suppl., Abstract 0S32H-07.

Issued Patent

Subject: Method for Measuring Nitrite and Nitrate in Aqueous Medium
Serial No. 08/915,704
Filed March 21, 1997
Inventors: Robert T. Masserini Jr. and Kent A. Fanning

Professional Organizations

Member of the National Academy of Inventors