Coastal Biogeochemical Dynamics Lab

In the Coastal Biogeochemical Dynamics Laboratory in the Department of Marine Science at the University of Connecticut we use models to study ocean processes,  coastal biogeochemistry, and better understand the impacts of changing biogeochemical cycles to local ecosystems.

We use models as tools to integrate observations and theory.  They can be used to investigate processes and mechanisms, or to try and understand future scenarios.  In addition, we explore ways to quantify and relate biological impacts with environmental variability.  Our interests include:

  • The role of the coastal ocean in global biogeochemical cycles
  • How will climatic changes in sea level, winds, and stratification affect the exchange between the coastal and open ocean?
  • How are dissolved nutrients transported onto and off continental margins? Is particulate organic matter transported differently than dissolved nutrients?
  • Given the role of retention in governing spatial variability of hypoxia and probably ocean acidification as well, how will retention change in response to changing environmental conditions in the future?
  • How important is freshwater discharge to local ocean acidification events?
  • How important is the cycling of calcium carbonate in coastal regions to the surface alkalinity balance? How is that expected to change in the future?