Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

David Nicholson
David Paul Nicholson's photoDavid Nicholson
Associate Scientist
Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry

Contact Information:
Work: 508 289 3547
Building: Clark 411

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

Research Interests
Earth's climate is profoundly influenced by the biogeochemical cycling of carbon and other radiatively active elements.  My interests lie in understanding the role of upper ocean ecosystems in cycling these elements in the ocean as well as interactions with the physical climate.  My research to date, as well as my future goals relate to studying how the ocean regulates atmospheric pCOand the impact of climate change on ocean ecosystems.  To this end, I seek to use the measurement and modeling of geochemical tracers and ocean ecosystems to address these questions.  I utilize data, ranging from geochemical mesurements, to in situ sensors to remotely sensing products and models of varying complexity to interpret and give context to field measurements.


Nicholson, D., R.H.R Stanley, E. Barkan, D. M. Karl, B. Luz, P. Quay, S. Doney. (2012) Evaluating triple oxygen isotope estimates of gross primary production at the Hawaii Ocean Time-series and Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study sites. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans

Nicholson, D., (2011) Comment on: "Technical note: Consistent calculation of aquatic gross production from oxygen triple isotope measurements" by Kaiser (2011), Biogeosciences 8, 2993-2997. 

Nicholson, D., S. Emerson, S. Khatiwala, R. C. Hamme. (2011) An inverse approach to estimate bubble-mediated air-sea gas flux from inert gas measurements. Proceedings on the 6th International Symposium on Gas Transfer at Water Surfaces. Kyoto University Press.

Nicholson, D., S. Emerson. 2010. Constraining  ventilation during deepwater formation using the dissolved gas ratios Kr/Ar and δ40/36Ar. Journal of Geophysical Research, Oceans. C11015

Nicholson, D., S. Emerson, C.C. Eriksen. 2008. Net community production in the deep euphotic zone of the subtropical North Pacific gyre from glider surveys. Limnology and Oceanography. 53: 2226-2236.

Emerson, S., C. Stump, D.P. Nicholson 2008. Net biological oxygen production in the ocean: remote and in-situ measurements of O2 and N2 in surface waters. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 22, GB3023.

Nicholson, D., Sonya Dyhrman, Francisco Chavez and Adina Paytan. 2006. Alkaline phosphatase activity in the phytoplankton communities of Monterey Bay and San Francisco Bay. Limnology and Oceanography. 51(2), 874-883.

Sabine, C. L., L. Juranek, C. Lee, D. Nicholson, and A. Ver . 2004. Understanding North Pacific Carbon Cycle Changes, Eos Trans. AGU, 85(42), 419.


Ph.D.  Oceanography. October 2009. University of Washington, Seattle, WA Thesis title: Nitrogen, oxygen and the noble gases as tracers of upper-ocean productivity and air-sea gas fluxes Advisor: Professor Steve Emerson

M.S. Geological and Environmental Sciences, January 2004 B.S. in Geological and Environmental Science, chemistry minor, June 2002 Stanford University, Stanford, CA Thesis title: Phosphorus status of phytoplankton in Monterey and San Francisco Bays Advisor: Professor Adina Paytan

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