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Chemical Oceanography
Gordon Research Conference

Linking the Time and Space Scales of Chemical Oceanography

Dates

August 14-19, 2011

Location

Proctor Academy
Andover, NH

Organizers

Chair:
David J. Burdige

Vice Chair:
James W. Moffett

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Conference on Chemical Oceanography has been held continuously for more than four decades, and continues to be a major forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas at the frontiers of a field that encompasses the chemical components, reaction mechanisms, and biogeochemical processes within the ocean, present and past, and at its interfaces with the atmosphere and solid earth. Due to processes such as ocean acidification and rising atmospheric carbon dioxide, chemical oceanographers are also increasingly concerned with how biogeochemical processes in the oceans will change in the future.

Historically, the conference has brought together the leading contributors in the chemical oceanography research community (from academic, industry and government laboratories) with a healthy mix of young scientists (junior faculty, post-docs, graduate students) to discuss the significant new advances shaping this highly interdisciplinary field. Part of the continued success of this conference has been that nearly all conference attendees participate directly through oral or poster presentations. The informal nature and relatively small size of the conference promotes valuable scientific and personal exchange, which often results in productive cross-fertilization of ideas and the establishment of scientific connections for future research. As a result of the conference new research is also incorporated into the courses taught by many of the attendees at academic institutions around the world. In all of these ways this conference plays a critical role in the advancement of the field of chemical oceanography as a whole.

In light of these considerations, the theme of the 2011 conference will be “linking the time and space scales of chemical oceanography.” Talks will address topics that cross time and space scales, ranging from molecular processes occurring in fractions of a second to large-scale oceanic (and whole earth) processes occurring across deep time (and into the future). Talks within each session will also be structured to explore linkages across these time and space scales.

Meeting Program

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmThe Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: A Status Report
Discussion Leader: Alex Kolker (LUMCOM)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pm Mandy Joye (University of Georgia)
"Fluxes, fate, and consequences of oil and light hydrocarbon gases released during the 2010 BP Well Blowout"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pm David Hollander (University of South Florida)
"Hydrocarbon abundance, composition and toxicity in the waters and sediments contaminated by the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmThe Marine Phosphorus Cycle: Past, Present and Future
Discussion Leader: Kathleen Ruttenberg (University of Hawaii)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Claudia Benitez-Nelson (University of South Carolina)
"Phosphorus biogeochemistry, what have we learned and where do we need to do go in the future"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Group Photo / Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Ben Van Mooy (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
"Microbial sources and biogeochemical roles of non-phosphorus lipids in the upper ocean"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Caroline Slomp (Utrecht University)
"Phosphorus dynamics in low-oxygen marine systems: reassessing the nutrient-climate connection in Earth's past and present"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmNew Insights into the Marine Nitrogen Cycle
Discussion Leader: Lihini Aluwihare (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmDon Rice (NSF)
"Chemical Oceanography: news from the NSF"
7:40 pm - 7:45 pm Discussion
7:45 pm - 8:25 pm Angela Knapp (RSMAS, University of Miami)
"Recycled nitrogen release from marine DON indicated by isotopic analysis of bulk, LMW and HMW DON δ15N"
8:25 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pm Al Devol (University of Washington)
"N2 production pathways in oxygen deficient zones"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmChemical Oceanography in Deep Time
Discussion Leader: Robert Aller (Stony Brook University)
9:00 am - 9:40 am David Johnston (Harvard University)
"An emerging picture of late Proterozoic ocean chemistry"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am David Archer (University of Chicago)
"Modeling methane hydrates and the deep carbon cycle"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Philip 'Flip' Froelich (Florida State University)
"Cenozoic and K-Pg impactor histories of lithium isotopes in seawater: Weathering, reverse weathering and subduction reflux"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmGlacial-Interglacial Changes in Ocean Chemistry
Discussion Leader: Philip 'Flip' Froelich (Florida State University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Andreas Andersson (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science)
"Ocean acidification and shallow water ecosystems: perspectives from the Last Glacial Maximum, the present, and the future"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Dan Sigman (Princeton University)
"The ocean's nitrogen isotope budget, today and during the last ice age"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmTrace Element Cycling in the Ocean: Biotic Influences and Responses
Discussion Leader: Peter Sedwick (Old Dominion University)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Mak Saito (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
"Marine metalloenzymes as biogeochemical agents"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Ben Twining (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences)
"Trace metal composition of marine plankton: linking ecosystem form to biogeochemical function"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Bill Landing (Florida State University)
"Fertilizing the photic zone: where do the bioactive trace elements come from?"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmSubmarine Groundwater Discharge
Discussion Leader: Billy Moore (University of South Carolina)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Jaye Cable (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill)
"Submarine groundwater discharge: A global or local phenomenon?"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm J. Kirk Cochran (Stony Brook University)
"Submarine groundwater discharge in deep time: Evidence from 87Sr/86Sr"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCarbon Processing in the Coastal Ocean
Discussion Leader: Elizabeth Canuel (VIMS, College of William & Mary)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Colin Stedmon (Aarhus University)
"Shedding light on life's leftovers: What can we gain from UV-Visible spectroscopy of marine dissolved organic matter?"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Tom Bianchi (Texas A&M University)
"The role of terrestrially-derived organic carbon in the coastal ocean: a changing paradigm"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Robbie Togweiller (NOAA, GFDL)
"Impact of rivers and the hydrological cycle on the carbon chemistry of the Atlantic Ocean"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmBiogeochemical Processes in Marine Sediments Across Space and Time
Discussion Leader: Clare Reimers (Oregon State University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Frank Sansone (University of Hawaii)
"The interaction between physics and biogeochemistry in controlling porewater distributions and fluxes in permeable sediments"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Steve D'Hondt (GSO, University of Rhode Island)
"Sub-seafloor respiration and its impact on ocean chemistry"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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