The marine biome is a major component of earth’s climate system, yet we still know little about how it will respond to future changes in global circulation, ocean acidification and rising global temperature. Much of the unknown is in the interaction between physical and biological systems.
I use geochemical tracers and sensors on autonomous vehicles to estimate the magnitude and rates of biological production and physical transport mechanisms within coastal and open ocean ecosystems. These processes are intimately linked to the sources and fate of nutrients, like carbon, nitrogen and oxygen, in the marine environment. Below are a few topics I am perpetually interested in and summaries of the work I’ve done in those areas: