Labs & Groups
BCO-DMO was created to serve investigators funded by the NSF Geosciences Directorate (GEO) Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) Biological and Chemical Oceanography Sections and Office of Polar Programs (OPP) Antarctic Sciences (ANT) Organisms & Ecosystems Program. BCO-DMO manages and serves oceanographic biogeochemical, ecological, and companion physical data and information developed in the course of scientific research and contributed by the originating investigators.
Principal Investigator: Matthew Charette
The main research goal of the Coastal Groundwater Geochemistry group is to better understand the impact of submarine groundwater discharge on chemical cycles in coastal ocean systems. Specifically, we are interested in the chemical cycles of naturally occurring radioisotopes (e.g. radium, radon), trace metals (e.g. barium, uranium), and nutrients (e.g. nitrate, phosphate).
Principal Investigator(s): Scott Doney and David Glover
The focus of the group is on the interactions of chemical/biological/physical processes in the ocean and the coupling of the carbon-cycle and climate in the ocean and on a global-scale. Most of the present work involves the use of numerical models and satellite remote sensing.
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Nutrient Analytical Facility utilizes several state of the art methods and instruments for quantifying bio-element concentrations in environmental samples.
Scientists in the microbial biogeochemistry group at WHOI are studying microbes and microbial processes in environments as different as boiling hot deep sea hydrothermal vents and subzero arctic permafrost.
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Kujawinski
The lab combines research in analytical chemistry, chemical oceanography, microbiology and microbial ecology to elucidate the controls on dissolved organic matter composition in aquatic systems.
OCB is a dynamic network of scientists working across disciplines such as ocean chemistry, biology, and physics to understand the ocean’s role in the global carbon cycle and how marine ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles are responding to environmental change.
The Petroleum Organic Geochemistry Group at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution focuses on using a variety of carbon containing compounds to understand processes which have affected petroleum basins and sediment-covered hydrothermal vent areas. A particular focus of the group is gas. Gas formation and migration processes strongly affect subsurface fluid flow which ultimately determines where and how much gas is available to drive geological processes and as an energy resource.
The U.S. launched the Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (JGOFS) in the late 1980s to study the ocean carbon cycle. An ambitious goal was set to understand the controls on the concentrations and fluxes of carbon and associated nutrients in the ocean.