Ocean Acidification & Coastal Carbon Flux
- Research on the impact of ocean acidification on West Coast ecosystems and native species.
- Laboratory and field based experiments to understand future impacts
- Collaboration with Hog Island Oyster Co. to understand the natural geochemical variability of Tomales Bay, CA
- Research on seagrass ecosystems and how they modify estuarine geochemistry and store carbon (e.g., "blue carbon")
California Margin CLIMATE RECORDS
- Motivated by a need to understand the Earth's climate system to predict consequences of future change
- Utilizing past climate events to understand how ocean currents, temperatures, oxygenation and marine ecosystems respond
- Emphasis on understanding paleoecology in the context of geochemical changes, supported by a NSF CAREER award
deep sea Bamboo corals - records of ocean change
- Coral archive of ocean climate and environmental change, much like 'tree rings'
- Record of both surface and deepwater processes through different aspects of the coral skeleton
- Collaboration with Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary to understand impacts of global change on deep sea ecosystems
Oceanic methane rich environments
- Identification of methane rich environments in the paleo record
- Methane seeps as sources of CH4 to the atmosphere during climatic warming