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Project Description

Stony Brook University

Contact Info

Stony Brook University
Marine Sciences Research Center
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Stony Brook, NEW YORK 11794-5000

Dr. Cindy Lee

Phone: (631) 632-8741
Fax: (631) 632-8820
Email: Cindy.Lee@sunysb.edu

Fields of Interest

Organic geochemistry; Chemical oceanography; Carbon cycle

Description of Scientific Projects

My research focuses on the distribution and behavior of biogenic organic compounds in the marine environment, and the role of these compounds in the global carbon cycle. Understanding how organic compounds behave requires knowledge of biological, geological, and physical processes in the sea. Most biogenic organic compounds are produced in surface waters by phytoplankton as a result of photosynthesis. These compounds enter the marine food chain by acting as food for bacteria or zooplankton. Organic compounds are also affected by chemical and physical processes, such as adsorption, photochemical degradation, and transport. I am interested in how these processes affect rates and mechanisms of organic compound transformation. Current research concentrates on how particulate organic matter sinks out of surface waters, and how ocean acidification affects those processes.

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