Adam Kustka

Adam Kustka


kustka [at]



Office Location

101 Warren Street,
Smith Hall Room 140
Newark, New Jersey, 07102

Field of Specialization: Algal Physiology and Biogeochemistry

Courses Taught

Research Initiatives


Select Publications

For complete list, see Lab Website

McQuaid J.B., A.B. Kustka, M. Oborník, A. Horák, J.P. McCrow, B.J. Karas, H. Zheng, T. Kindeberg, A.J. Andersson, K.A. Barbeau, A.E. Allen (2018). Carbonate-sensitive phytotransferrin controls high-affinity iron uptake in diatoms. Nature. 555(7697):534-537.

Kustka, A.B., B.M. Jones PD, M.P. Field, M. Hatta, A.J. Milligan. The influence of iron and siderophores on marine phytoplankton growth rates and community composition in the Ross Sea. (2015) Marine Chemistry 173: 195-207.

Kustka, A. B., A.J. Milligan, H. Zhang, C.M. Gates UG, A.M. New GS, K.D. Bidle, and J.R. Reinfelder. Low CO2 results in a rearrangement of carbon metabolism to support C4 photosynthetic carbon assimilation in Thalassiosira pseudonana.  (2014) New Phytologist 204:507-520.

Kustka, A.B., A. Allen, and F.M.M. Morel. Sequence analysis and regulation of iron acquisition genes in two marine diatoms. (2007) Journal of Phycology 43: 715-729.

Professional Preparation 

Sabbatical Fellow, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, Rutgers University; Piscataway, New Jersey; July-December 2017 (Peter Lobel, David Sleat)

Research Associate, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey; December 2006-July 2008 (Co-advisors: Kay Bidle and John Reinfelder). 

Post-doctoral Associate, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey; September 2002-November 2006 (Advisor: François M. M. Morel)

Ph.D. in Coastal Oceanography, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York; August 2002 (Co-advisors: Sergio Sañudo-Wilhelmy & Edward J. Carpenter).

B.S. in Natural Resources Management (Fisheries Science), Cook College, Rutgers University; May 1993.

Associated Programs

Faculty Member
Graduate Program in Oceanography
Institute of Marine & Coastal Sciences
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901