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Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO)

Principal Investigators: Peter Wiebe (Biology), Robert Groman (Biology), David Glover (MC&G) and Cynthia Chandler (MC&G)
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.

Cafe Thorium: The Buesseler Group

Nutrient Analytical Facility

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.

Coastal Groundwater Geochemistry

Coastal Groundwater Geochemistry

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).

 Computational Biogeochemistry Group

Computational Biogeochemistry Group

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.

Marine Microbial Biogeochemistry Lab

Marine Microbial Biogeochemistry Lab

Principal Investigator: Karen Casciotti
Developing genetic and stable isotopic tools with which to study the biological controls on nitrogen cycling and N2O production in cultures and in the natural world.

Mar. Microb.

Microbial Biogeochemistry Group at WHOI

Principal Investigators: Joan M. Bernhard, Karen Casciotti, Marco J.L. Coolen, Sonya Dyhrman, Elizabeth B. Kujawinski, Carl H. Lamborg, Dennis J. McGillicuddy, Daniel J. Repeta, Mak Saito, Stefan Sievert, Benjamin van Mooy, John B. Waterbury 
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. Our research draws from biology, chemistry, and geology to explore how microbial processes are altering today’s world, and to look into the past to the very origin of life in the sea.

Petroleum Organic Geochemistry Group

Petroleum Organic Geochemistry Group (POGG)

Principal Investigator(s): Jean Whalen, Jeffrey Seewald
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.


SEA-AER Group: The Development of Aerosol & Rainwater Samplers and Sensors for Ocean Buoys

Principal Investigator: Edward Sholkovitz
Collectors and sensors on buoys are a new line of research tools for the oceanic and atmospheric community. Buoys have potential to be new platforms from which to determine the temporal and spatial variations of the aerosol composition entering and leaving oceans and of the rainwater composition entering the oceans. In tandem, aerosol and rainwater sensors are being developed to provide real-time and time-series data on atmospheric concentrations and fluxes of important biogeochemical elements, iron in particular..


U.S Joint Ocean Global Flux Study (JGOFS)

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.