Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry


Research Marine and Atmospheric
    • Global carbon cycling in the atmosphere, water column, and sediments anthropogenic and biogenic).
    • Effect of global warming and sea level rise on the remineralization of organic matter in coastal and estuarine sediments.
    • Biogeochemical controls on methyl mercury production and flux in estuarine sediments.
    • Isotopic characterization of carbon to elucidate sources and cycling of organic matter.
Steve Skrabal
Dr. Steve Skrabal
  • Marine and environmental geochemistry.
  • Speciation and cycling of trace metals (especially Hg) in natural waters.
  • Sediment-water exchange in estuaries and coastal waters.
    • Structure/activity relationships of harmful algal bloom toxins as they interact with receptors in biological systems.
    • Analytical methods for identifying natural ligands and receptors
    • Solid phase and liquid phase measurement of dissociation constants and dynamic equilibria in biological systems.
  • Chemical composition and reactions in rainwater, including trace metal speciation, redox reactions, photochemical reactions and nutrient fluxes.
  • Impacts of atmospheric deposition (rain, dust, gas exchange) on the chemistry of surface seawater.
  • Chemical speciation, biogeochemical transformations and fluxes of mercury, in rainwater, river water, estuarine water and seawater.
Dr. Bob Keiber
  • Air sea exchange processes especially as they relate to global warming issues.
  • Trace metal speciation in estuarine and atmospheric waters.
  • Photochemically mediated processes and their impact on environmental systems.
  • Isolation and identification of bioactive compounds from marine organisms.
  • Identification and analysis of naturally occurring marine toxins.
  • Chemical composition and reactions in rainwater, including trace metal speciation, redox reactions, photochemical reactions and nutrient fluxes.
  • Impacts of atmospheric deposition (rain, dust, gas exchange) on the chemistry of surface seawater.
  • Chemical speciation, biogeochemical transformations and fluxes of mercury, in rainwater, river water, estuarine water and seawater.