The Chemical Oceanography Lab investigates the geochemical, physical and biological processes that regulate the distribution of trace metals and nutrients in estuarine, coastal and open-ocean environments. Our field research involves mapping the distributions of trace metals in different marine environments in order to quantify their sources, sinks, biogeochemical cycling and role in modulating biological productivity. Our research activities also include the development and testing of autonomous microfluidic (optofluidic) analyzers, which are well suited to observe complex nutrient and trace metal dynamics onboard research ships and at ocean observatories.

The overarching goal of the Chemical Oceanography Lab is to improve the spatial and temporal resolution of nutrients and trace metal observations in the marine environment. We achieve this through field studies, oceanographic cruises and the development of automated analyzers with potential for in situ deployment.

We are always looking for motivated students and volunteers! Please follow the links at the top of the page to learn more about our current research activities. If our research interests spark your curiosity, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Grand to discuss.