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Marine Biogeochemistry

Marine biogeochemistry is challenging because chemical concentrations and transformation rates are determined by complex combinations of transport and reaction. To a first approximation, the chemical structure of the oceans is determined by ubiquitous sinking of biogenic particles and local upwelling of solutes regenerated from the chemical and biological dissolution of such particles, but the details are far more intriguing than this broad-brush summary can reveal. Recent topics of particularly active research include the cycling of metals, such as iron and zinc, that constitute essential components of enzyme molecules and whose scarcity can limit phytoplankton production over broad regions of the oceans. They also include the transition area between particulate and dissolved forms represented by colloids and polymers. Problems in rate determination are exceptionally challenging because they often involve complex interactions among biological, physical and chemical processes, making it difficult to identify which steps in transport or reaction are limiting.

Participating Faculty

 

Emmanuel Boss

Emmanuel Boss

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Interests: biological-physical interactions, geophysical fluid dynamics, Lagrangian and Eulerian dynamics and kinematics, marine optics, marine acoustics, remote sensing, mesoscale (fronts, jets, and eddies) dynamics, mixed-layer dynamics, science teaching methodology, Oceanography, Ocean Observing systems, Ocean Modeling and prediction.
emmanuel.boss@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.4378

Damian C. Brady

Damian C. Brady

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Interests: Marine Biogeochemistry, Environmental Oceanography, Marine Physiological Ecology, Water Quality Modeling, Individual-based Modeling, Ocean Modeling and Prediction
damian.brady@maine.edu
Phone: 207.312.8752

Fei Chai

Fei Chai

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Interests: Biological-Physical Interactions, Fisheries Sciences, Ocean Modeling and Prediction, Marine Biogeochemistry, Biological Oceanography, Marine Climate Change
fchai@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.4317

Lawrence Mayer

Lawrence Mayer

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

Mary Jane Perry

Mary Jane Perry

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Interests: Biological-Physical Interactions, Phycology, Ocean Observing Systems, Marine Physiological Ecology, Marine Biogeochemistry, Marine Optics, Biological Oceanography, Marine Climate Change
perrymj@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.5339

Mark Wells

Mark Wells

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Interests: Phytoplankton Physiology, Trace Metals, Iron, Marine Biogeochemistry, Iron Limitation, CDOM, Sensors, Harmful Algal Blooms, Biological-Physical Interactions, Marine Aquaculture, Marine Optics, Marine Physiological Ecology, Ocean Observing Systems, Biological Oceanography, Marine Climate Change
mlwells@maine.edu
Phone: 207. 581.4322

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