Mike Jankulak

Research Highlights

Research Interests

Maintenance and deployment of field instrumentation that report data in near-real-time.

Data management and analysis of the AOML Coral program’s environmental data.

Mike Jankulak

Senior Research Associate (University of Miami/CIMAS), Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division


4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149

“Ocean Science produces an enormous amount of data, and keeping track of all those numbers – not to mention the details of where, when and how they were collected – is a crucial task, and a richly rewarding one.”

Mike Jankulak is a data and sensor engineer for the Coral Program. He designs and builds databases for oceanic sensor data and metadata as well as carbonate chemistry parameters from lab-analyzed water samples. He manages sensor calibration, programming, deployment and inventory for the program. He acts as systems administrator for public-facing coral servers including CHAMP (https://www.coral.noaa.gov) and Coral-List (https://coral.aoml.noaa.gov). He participates in field operations in his capacity as Operator In Charge (OIC) in the NOAA Small Boats program and as a scientific diver under the auspices of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS). Jankulak received his M.S.E.C.E. from the University of Miami in 2012 for his work on association rule mining for the prediction of rapid intensity changes of tropical cyclones.

Current Work

Data and Sensor Engineer for the Coral Program, Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division

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2012, M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Miami, Miami, FL

1993, B.S. Computer Science Specialist, Minor, English, Graduated with High Distinction, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

  1. Manzello, D.P., M.V. Matz, I.C. Enochs, L. Valentino, R.D. Carlton, G. Kolodziej, X. Serrano, E.K. Towle, and M. Jankulak. Role of host genetics and heat-tolerant algal symbionts in sustaining populations of the endangered coral Orbicella faveolata in the Florida Keys with ocean warming. Global Change Biology, 25(3):1016-1031, https://doi:10.1111/gcb.14545 2019
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  2. Obura, D.O., G. Aeby, N. Amornthammarong, W. Appeltans, N. Bax, J. Bishop, R.E. Brainard, S. Chan, P. Fletcher, T.A.C. Gordon, L. Gramer, M. Gudka, J. Halas, J. Hendee, G. Hodgson, D. Huang, M. Jankulak, A. Jones, T. Kimura, J. Levy, P. Miloslavich, L. Ming Chou, F.E. Muller-Karger, K. Osuka, M. Samoilys, S.D. Simpson, K. Tun, and S. Wongbusarakum. Coral reef monitoring, reef assessment technologies, and ecosystem-based management. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6:580, https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2019.00580 2019
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  3. Enochs, I.C., D.P. Manzello, P.J. Jones, C. Aguilar, K. Cohen, L. Valentino, S. Schopmeyer, G. Kolodziej, M. Jankulak, and D. Lirman. The influence of diel carbonate chemistry fluctuations on the calcification rate of Acropora cervicornis under present day and future acidification conditions. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 506:15-143, https://doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2018.06.007 2018
    Ref. 3557

Department of Commerce Bronze Medal 2005

For implementing a unique oceanographic and meteorological monitoring network in coral reef areas under goals established by the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force and NOAA.