Aquatic Geochemistry


Collin Ward

Our lab is interested in characterizing transformations of organic carbon by abiotic and biotic pathways in inland and marine surface waters. The organic carbon sources we study vary widely from dissolved and particulate organic matter flushed from terrestrial to aquatic ecosystems, to crude oil released naturally or accidentally to the oceans. We seek students that have interests in environmental organic chemistry or organic geochemistry, as well as an interest in gaining experience handling large environmental datasets.

Potential projects for a Fellow include:

  • Characterizing the coupled photochemical and biological degradation of dissolved organic matter in surface waters
  • Quantifying rates of petroleum hydrocarbon photochemical oxidation at the sea surface
  • Evaluating the impact of photochemical weathering on the efficacy of tools used to respond to oil spills in marine waters

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