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Rene Boiteau

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Assistant Professor
Discipline: Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry
Office: Burt 226
Phone: 541-737-7750
Email: Rene.Boiteau@oregonstate.edu


Environmental organic chemistry
Bioinorganic chemistry
Mass spectrometry

Research Interests

Dr. Boiteau specializes in environmental organic and metal chemistry. Research in the Boiteau organic biogeochemistry lab focuses on understanding how microbes and plants impact the mobility and bioavailability of metals in the environment. Much of this work relies on the development of analytical approaches to characterize biologically produced organic metal species and determine their kinetic properties using chromatography coupled with multimodal mass spectrometry.


  • Linus Pauling Postdoctoral Fellow - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (2016-2018)
  • PhD - Chemical Oceanograph, MIT/WHOI, NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2010-2016)
  • MPhil - Earth Sciences, Cambridge University, Churchill Scholar (2009-2010)
  • BA - Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Northwestern University, Goldwater Scholar (2005-2009)

Recent Publications

  • Boiteau, R. M., Fansler, S. J., Farris, Y., Shaw, J. B., Koppenaal, D. W., Pasa-Tolic, L., & Jansson, J. K. (2019). Siderophore profiling of co-habitating soil bacteria by ultra-high-resolution mass spectrometry. Metallomics. https://doi.org/10.1039/C8MT00252E (Emerging Investigator Special Issue)
  • Munson, K. M., Lamborg, C. H., Boiteau, R. M., & Saito, M. A. (2018). Dynamic mercury methylation and demethylation in oligotrophic marine water. Biogeosciences, 15, 6451–6460.
  • Boiteau, R. M., Till, C.P., Coale, T.H., Fitzsimmons, J.N., Bruland, K.W., Repeta, D.J., (2018). Patterns of iron and siderophore distributions across the California Current System. Limnology and oceanography, 9999, 1–14.
  • Boiteau, R. M., Shaw, J. B., Pasa-Tolic, L., Koppenaal, D.W., Jansson, J.K., (2018). Micronutrient metal speciation is controlled by competitive organic chelation in grassland soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 120, 283-291.
  • Bundy, R.M., Boiteau, R.M., McLean, C., Turk-Kubo, K.A., McIlvin, M.R., Saito, M.A., Mooy, B.A. Van, Repeta, D.J., (2018). Distinct Siderophores Contribute to Iron Cycling in the Mesopelagic at Station ALOHA. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5,1-15.
  • Boiteau, R. M., D. W. Hoyt, C. D. Nicora, H. A. Kinmonth-schultz, J. K. Ward, and K. Bingol. (2018). Structure Elucidation of Unknown Metabolites in Metabolomics by Combined NMR and MS / MS Prediction. Metabolites 8: 1–12.
  • Boiteau, R. M., Hawco, N., Mende, D., McIlvin, M, Sedwick, P., Fitzsimmons J.N., Saito, M., Delong, E., Repeta, D. J. Repeta (2016) “Siderophore-based microbial adaptations to iron scarcity across the eastern Pacific Ocean.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 113(50), 14237-14242.
  • Boiteau, R. M., C. P. Till, A. Ruacho, R. M. Bundy, N. J. Hawco, K. A. Barbeau, K. W. Bruland, M. A. Saito, D. J. Repeta. (2016) “Characterization of nickel and copper binding by natural ligands along the US GEOTRACES Eastern Pacific Zonal transect.” Frontiers in Marine Science.3:243. 
  • Boiteau, R. M, D. Repeta (2015) “An extended siderophore suite from Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002 revealed by LC-ICPMS-ESIMS.” Metallomics, 7, 877-884.
  • Böttjer, D., S.P. Jungbluth, R.M. Boiteau, B. Burkhardt, F. de Leo, and B.C. Bruno (2014) “Career choices in marine and environmental sciences: Navigating a sea of options.” Oceanography, 27(2):201–207
  • Boiteau, R. M, J. Fitzsimmons, D. Repeta, and E. Boyle (2013) “Detection of Iron Ligands in Seawater and Marine Cyanobacteria Cultures by High-Performance Liquid Chromatography−Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry.” Analytical Chemistry. 85(9), 4357-62.
  • Boiteau, R., M. Greaves, and H. Elderfield (2012) “Authigenic uranium in foraminiferal coatings: A proxy for ocean redox chemistry.” Paleoceanography, 27(3), 1–8.
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