What Do We Do?

My current research focuses on a wide variety of research topics that are centered on the carbon cycle science in estuarine, coastal, and open ocean environments. In my group, we employ state-of-the-art techniques to quantify carbonate parameters, including total titration alkalinity, total dissolved inorganic carbon (both concentration and stable isotope composition), pH, and partial pressure of CO2, in both water column and marine sediments.

Given both cyclic and noncyclic climate variability and anthropogenic pressure on the marine environments, including CO2 buildup caused climate change, fluctuations in freshwater inflow into semi-enclosed estuaries, and eutrophication in both estuaries and coastal ocean, significant changes in both water carbonate chemistry and carbon fluxes across different interfaces will occur. Our research goals incorporate studying the effects of climate change on estuarine biogeochemistry, carbon cycle in the coastal ocean, and ocean acidification.

Prospective students can email or call me directly to discuss possible research projects that can be conducted in my lab.

January 22, 2020: Melissa gives a talk at OneNOAA Science Seminar Series entitled "Carbonate Chemistry in Two Semiarid Estuaries: Controls and Correlates".

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Novermber 2014 - Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.
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