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Benthic Oceanography

Benthic oceanography is the study of environmental processes at, just below and just above the interface between the seabed and its overlying water. In this suite of environments, gradients in physical, chemical, biological and geological properties are steep and often interact strongly, so studies characteristically are highly interdisciplinary. They range from very fundamental to quite applied. Many pollutants that have caused problems in marine settings are hydrophobic and tend to adsorb onto suspended particles, eventually depositing on or into the seabed, so it is important to understand the linked dynamics of adsorption, deposition and exposure of biota. Another of the many interesting and important applied benthic problems is that of anthropogenic sediment disturbance through trawling. Basic science questions range from the factors controlling community structure to the physical and chemical consequences of burrowing and digestion by animals that eat sediments.

Participating Faculty

 

Peter A. Jumars

Peter A. Jumars

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Interests: Benthos, Benthic Oceanography, Biological-Physical Interactions, Bioacoustics, Biological-Physical Interactions, Ocean Observing Systems, Ocean Modeling and Prediction, Marine Invertebrate Zoology, Marine Climate Change
jumars@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.5114

Sara Lindsay

Sara Lindsay

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Interests: Benthic Oceanography, Marine Physiological Ecology, Marine Invertebrate Zoology, sensory biology,microscopy, invertebrate biology, benthic ecology, polychaetes, Marine Biology
slindsay@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.2739

Lawrence Mayer

Lawrence Mayer

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Interests: Marine Biogeochemistry, Benthic Oceanography, Environmental Oceanography
lmayer@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.5118

Robert Steneck

Robert Steneck

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Interests: Marine Ecology, Benthic Oceanography, Marine Invertebrate Zoology, Marine Biology, Biological Oceanography, Marine Policy, Marine Climate Change, coral reefs, coastal marine ecosystems
steneck@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.5315

Richard (Rick) Wahle

Richard (Rick) Wahle

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Interests: benthic oceanography, fisheries sciences, marine invertebrate zoology
richard.wahle@maine.edu
Phone: 207.563.3146 ext249

Rhian Waller

Rhian Waller

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Interests: Marine Invertebrate Zoology; Benthic Oceanography; Marine Climate Change
rhian.waller@maine.edu
Phone: 207.563.8310

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