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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Phoebe J Lam
Dr Phoebe J Lam's photoPhoebe J Lam
Associate Scientist
Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry

Contact Information:
Work: 508 289 3792
pjlam@whoi.edu
Building: Clark 461

Mailing Address:
Mailstop 25
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

I am a “marine particle geochemist” interested in the role that marine particles play in the biogeochemical cycling of major and minor elements in the ocean such as carbon, iron, and other trace elements.  This includes the factors affecting the efficiency of the biological carbon pump; the past and current role of iron in stimulating primary production; the chemical speciation and bioavailability of marine particulate iron; the role of major particle composition on particle export (the ballast hypothesis) and on trace metal scavenging; and much more!  I am actively involved in the International GEOTRACES program, which is greatly expanding our understanding of the cycling of trace elements in the ocean, and revealing new questions about the role of particles every day.

Our standard mode of operation is to collect size-fractionated marine particles from the water column, and analyze their composition using a range of wet geochemical  (e.g., ICP-MS) and spectroscopic (e.g., synchrotron x-ray absorption spectroscopy) techniques.  We are constantly expanding our toolkit in collaboration with colleagues specializing in modeling (e.g., using inverse methods to study scavenging and particle dynamics), isotope geochemistry (e.g., using Nd isotopes to study provenance, or Cd and Zn isotopes to study biological uptake and remineralization), or radiochemistry (e.g., using 234Th-238U disequilibrium to measure particle export flux) to deepen our understanding of the role of particles in the marine environment.



Education
Ph.D., UC Berkeley, December 2005, Earth and Planetary Science M.A., Princeton University, May 1999, Geosciences S.B., MIT, June 1997, Environmental Engineering Science


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