Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Sunita (Suni) R. Shah
Suni Shah's photoSunita (Suni) R. Shah

Contact Information:
Work: 508 289 2585
Building: McLean 241

Mailing Address:
Mailstop 08
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests
  • Carbon metabolism of uncultivable archaeal groups
  • Isotopic signatures of microbial carbon metabolisms
  • Improved understanding of tetraether-based paleo-proxies
  • Novel techniques and instrumentation for radiocarbon and stable carbon isotopic measurement of individual biomarker compounds.

Ph.D. Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, 2008
A.M. Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, 2006
M.S. Atmospheric and Space Sciences, University of Michigan, 2001
B.A. Biochemistry, Columbia University, 1999

Shah, S.R., Griffith, D.R., McNichol, A.P., Galy V., Eglinton, T.I (2013) Prominent bacterial heterotrophy and sources of 13C-depleted fatty acids to the interior Canada Basin. Biogeosciences 10, 7065-7080, 2013. doi: 10.5194/bg-10-7065-2013.

Ussler, W., Preston, C., Tavormina, P., Pargett, D., Jensen, S., Roman, B., Marin, R., Shah, S.R., Girguis, P.R., Birch, J.M., Orphan, V., Scholin, C. (2013) Autonomous Application of Quantitative PCR in the Deep Sea: In Situ Surveys of Aerobic Methanotrophs Using the Deep-sea Environmental Processor. ES&T, Articles ASAP. doi: 10.1021/es4023199.

Close, H.G., Shah, S.R.., Ingalls, A.E., Diefendorf, A.F., Brodie, E.L., Hansman, R.L., Freeman, K.H., Aluwihare, L.I., Pearson, A. (2013) Export of submicron particulate organic matter to mesopelagic depth in an oligotrophic gyre. PNAS, early edition. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1217514110.

Shah, S.R., Joye, S.B., Brandes, J.A., McNichol, A.P. (2013) Carbon isotopic evidence for microbial control of carbon supply to Orca Basin, Gulf of Mexico at the seawater-brine interface. Biogeosciences, 10, 3175-3183. doi: 10.5194/bg-10-3175-2013.

Wankel, S.D., Joye, S.B., Samarkin, V.A., Shah, S.R., Friederich, G., Melas-Kyriazi, J., Girguis, P.R. (2010) New constraints on diffusive methane fluxes and rates of anaerobic methane oxidation in a Gulf of Mexico brine pool via deep sea in situ mass spectrometry. Deep Sea Res. I 57, 2022-2029. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2010.05.009.

Liu, Z., Pagani, M., Zinniker, D., DeConto R., Huber, M., Brinkhuis H., Shah, S.R., Lecki R.M., Pearson, A. (2009) Global cooling during the Eocene-Oligocene Climate Transition. Science 323,1187-1190. doi: 10.1126/science.1166368.

Schouten, S., Hopmans, E.C., van der Meer, J., Mets, A., Bard, E., Bianchi, T.S., Diefendorf A., Escala M., Freeman, K.H., Furukawa, Y., Huguet C., Ingalls A., Menot-Combes G., Nederbragt, A.J., Oba, M., Pearson, A., Pearson, E.J., Rosell-Mele, A., Schaeffer, P., Shah, S.R., Shanahan, T.M., Smith, R.W., Smittenberg, R., Talbot, H.M., Uchida, M., Van Mooy, B.A.S., Yamamoto, M., Zhang Z.H. and Sinninghe Damsté, J.S. (2009) An interlaboratory study of TEX86 and BIT analysis using high-performance liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry, G-Cubed, 10, Q03012, doi:10.1029/2008GC002221.

Shah, S. R., Mollenhauer G., Ohkouchi N., Eglinton, T. I. and A. Pearson. (2008) Origins of archaeal tetraether lipids in sediments: Insights from radiocarbon analysis. Geochim. et Cosmochim. Acta 72, 4577-4594. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2008.06.021.

Shah, S.R. and A. Pearson. (2007) Ultra-microscale (5-25μg C) analysis of individual lipids by 14C AMS: Assessment and correction for sample processing blanks. Radiocarbon 49, 69-82.

Ingalls, A.E.*, Shah, S.R.*, Hansman, R.L., Aluwihare, L.I., Santos, G.M., Druffel, E.R.M. and A. Pearson. (2006) Quantifying archaeal community autotrophy in the mesopelagic ocean using natural radiocarbon. PNAS 103, 6442-6447. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0510157103. *co-first authors.

Mecray, E.L., M.R. Buchholtz ten Brink and S. Shah. (2000) "Metals in the Surface Sediments of Long Island Sound." Chapter 6 In: Geo-Referenced Sea-Floor Mapping and Bottom Photography in Long Island Sound. V.F. Paskevich and L.J. Poppe, Eds., USGS Open-File Report 00-304.

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