We maintain a wet chemical laboratory for processing seawater and marine sediments for various analyses. Our specialty is in thorium and uranium isotopes. A class 100 laminar flow hood and a Smart2Pure, high-purity water system, are used for contamination-prone metals. We use an on-site facility Element 2 XR: Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS). We also have the capability for total sediment dissolutions, carbon system parameters, and sedimentary biogenic silica.
Currently Funded Projects:
Uranium isotopes and past changes in Southern Ocean circulation. National Science Foundation-Marine Geology and Geophysics Program (OCE-1658445). Sole PI. $239,539. June 2017-May 2020.
Collaborative Research: Using natural radionuclides to quantify the supply and removal of trace elements in the Pacific Ocean. National Science Foundation-Chemical Oceanography Program (OCE-1737023). Co-PI with R. F. Anderson (Columbia) and R. L. Edwards and H. Cheng (Univ. Minnesota): ($1,338,805 total; $249,803 to USM). Nov. 2017-Oct. 2020.