Mackenzie Gerringer, PhD

Mackenzie Gerringer at Sea
Mackenzie Gerringer, at sea above the Mariana Trench

Mackenzie Gerringer (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Geneseo. Her research centers on the physiology and ecology of deep-sea animals, including the planet’s deepest-living fishes.

She earned her PhD in Marine Biology from the University of Hawaii in 2017 before working as a postdoctoral researcher at Friday Harbor Labs, University of Washington. As a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, she studied drivers of depth zonation in the hadal zone, depths ranging 6,000–11,000 meters, and the notable success of hadal snailfishes (family Liparidae).

Her research explores how fishes are adapted to life in the amazing pressures, cold temperatures, and eternal darkness of the deep-sea using comparative techniques in taxonomy, functional morphology, cellular physiology, energetics, age and growth studies, and diet analysis.

She has spent over 180 days at sea exploring the ocean’s depths with free-vehicle landers, ROVs, and submersibles. Her work has been covered by Science Magazine, National Geographic, Atlas Obscura, and a David Attenborough-narrated documentary by Japan’s national broadcasting company, NHK.

Dr. Gerringer is committed to education and science outreach, including through experience teaching as a Fulbright Fellow in Bremen, Germany and serving as an onboard scientist on NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer, narrating telepresence-enabled exploration of the deep sea. 

At SUNY Geneseo, she teaches Animal Physiology, Marine Biology, and Science Communication. 

Curriculum Vitae

Lander deployment aboard the RV Falkor
Lander deployment aboard the RV Falkor

Ryan Bohen

Ryan Bohen,
SUNY Geneseo Biology

Ryan Bohen (’22) comes from Buffalo, New York and graduated from St. Francis High School in 2018 as a member of the National Honor Society. In high school, he wrote for the school newspaper, played baseball, and ran track. At Geneseo he is a Biology Major with a minor in environmental studies and participates in the Club Baseball team and Fishing Club. After graduating, he plans on pursuing a career in ecology or biology.

Nikki Fuller

Nikki Fuller, SUNY Geneseo Biology

Nikki Fuller ‘22 is from Rochester, NY and graduated from Greece Olympia High School. Aside from being a full time student, she balances being a mother and working part time at Strong Memorial Hospital. She volunteers for Cub Scouts and is an active member of Walking for Rochester, a volunteer organization aimed at cleaning up litter. After graduating, she plans on pursuing a career in biology, focusing on environmental sciences.

Gabriel Rosado

Gabriel Rosado, SUNY Geneseo Biology

Gabriel Rosado (‘22) is from the Bronx, New York and graduated from Discovery Highschool in 2018 as the Salutatorian. When he attended Discovery, he was a part of the improv organization named Opening Act and participated in Game club as well. At Geneseo, Gabriel pursues a biology major. After graduating, he seeks to intertwine science communication and poetry. He aims to use poetry to depict scientific works and ideas in order to better communicate science to public audiences in a captivating way. He is also interested in nursing, aside from wanting to aid the science community.

Abisage Sekarore

Abisage Sekarore, SUNY Geneseo Biology

Abisage Sekarore (‘25) is from Syracuse, NY and graduated from Manlius Pebble Hill school. During her time at Manlius Pebble Hill, she was a part of the volleyball team, soccer team, and was a facilitator for a Community Wide Dialogue club. At Geneseo she is a Biology Major and participates in African Student Association. After graduating, Abisage hopes to pursue a career in biology or continue her education in medicine.

Samantha Shepard

Samantha Shepard,
SUNY Geneseo Biology

Samantha Shepard ‘23 is from Rochester, New York and graduated from Fairport High School as a member of the National Honor Society. During her time at Fairport, Samantha played on the ultimate frisbee team and rode horses competitively. At Geneseo, she is a Biology major as well as a Tri-Beta member and Co-Captain of the Varsity Equestrian team. After graduating, Samantha plans to pursue a career in biology potentially focusing on marine biology or genetics.

Chryssanthi Tzetzis

Chryssa Tzetzis, SUNY Geneseo Biology

Chryssanthi Tzetzis ‘23 is from Syracuse, New York and graduated from Jamesville-Dewitt High School. During her time at Jamesville-Dewitt she was a part of the swim team, golf team, musicals, National Honors Society, and Spanish National Honors Society. She is a Biology Major here at Geneseo, a member of TriBeta and the President of American Cancer Society On Campus Club. After graduating she plans on pursuing a career in biology. 

Brett Woodworth

Brett Woodworth, SUNY Geneseo Biology

Brett Woodworth ’22 comes from Liverpool, New York and graduated from Liverpool High School. At Liverpool, Brett was a part of the Liverpool basketball team and was a member of the National Honors Society. As part of National Honors Society, he volunteered at an AIDS Walk to help raise money for charity. At Geneseo, Brett plans to continue his major in Biology and participates in both intramural volleyball and basketball on campus. After graduation, he intends to further his education with the intent to specialize in either cancer research or another genetics field.

Previous Lab Members

Kara Burke ’21

Arline Camilo Hernandez ’21

Kayla Cannon ’21

Kiersten Coates ’21

Alice Bea Dipzinski ’20

Patrick Flannery ’21

Lydia Fregosi ’21

Yumna Ismail ’21

Franchesca Gonzales ’21

Jessica Palmeri ’21

Taylor Oleyourryk ’21

Sarah Suplicz ’23

Omar Suri ‘20