Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry (OEB) is the study of the ocean's biological, chemical, and geological processes, and their interplay Most broadly, Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry is concerned with the structure and function of ecosystems across space and time, including feedbacks between land, atmosphere and ocean. Research backgrounds of our faculty include paleo-reconstruction, population and community ecology, biogeochemical cycling, atmospheric sciences, optics, acoustics, remote sensing, hydrology, deep-biosphere, and climate science. This diversity provides opportunities to break down traditional disciplinary boundaries and explore new lines of research, and to provide students with basic core knowledge of the traditional disciplines while encouraging them to work more closely at disciplinary interfaces in an earth system science context.

OEB Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Document Version 1 March 5, 2021 (PDF on Box)

Teaching and Research Faculty

Andrew Barnard, Kim Bernard, Rene Boiteau, Ed Brook, Kristen Buck, Lorenzo Ciannelli, Rick Colwell, Byron Crump, Jennifer Fehrenbacher, Miguel Goñi, Burke Hales, Brian Haley, Laurie Juranek, Maria Kavanaugh, Ricardo Letelier, Jennifer McKay, Alan Mix, Clare Reimers, Andreas Schmittner, Alyssa Shiel, Yvette Spitz, Andrew Thurber, George Waldbusser, James Watson

Spring 2023 Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry Seminars

Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. in Burt 193 (except where noted)

April 12 – Randelle (Randie) Bundy, Trace metal availability shapes microbial community composition in the North Pacific Ocean

April 19 – Davide Oppo, Individual benthic foraminifera analysis and its use in reconstructing the history of methane seeps, (abstract)

April 26 – Jorge León Muñoz, Northwestern Patagonia: climate, landscape, and aquaculture

May 3 – Robin Rohwer, Seasonal patterns and decadal shifts: microbial change in a 20-year freshwater time series

May 16 (special extra seminar at 3:30 p.m. in Burt 193)Lisa Herbert, Benthic cycling of trace metals: Impact on polar oceans and global climate (abstract)

May 17 (CANCELED)Mary Hunsicker, Efforts to incorporate ecosystem and climate information in U.S. west coast fisheries management decisions

May 24 – Ana Spalding, Assessing coastal community vulnerability and adaptation to climate change:  Pathways to resilient coastal futures (abstract & bio, also on Zoom)

May 31 (in Wilkinson 203)Patrick Rafter, Global reorganization of deep-sea circulation and carbon storage after the last ice age (abstract)

June 7 – Nate Fillman, Variable Stoichiometry Effects on Glacial/Interglacial Ocean Model Biogeochemical Cycles and Carbon Storage