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College of Arts & Sciences
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

Claudia Benitez-Nelson

College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor
School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment

Phone Number: 803-777-0018
Office: EWS 408
Research Areas: Biogeochemistry & Geochemistry
Climate Change
Coastal Processes
Society, Policy & Environment
Water Resources & Hydrology
Research Summary:

Biogeochemical cycling and export fluxes of nutrients. Global climate change in past and present day environments. Utilization of cosmogenic and uranium series radioisotopes to study ecological processes. Development of new analytical techniques.

SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS (* Denotes undergraduate and graduate student or postdoc author):

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Buesseler, KO, Dai, M, Aoyama, M, BenitezNelson, CR, Charmasson, S, Higley, K, Maderich, V, Masque, P, Morris, PJ, Oughton, D, Smith, J. (2017) Fukushima Daiichi‐derived radionuclides in the Ocean: transport, fate, and impacts, Annual Reviews of Marine Science, 9, 10.1146/annurev-marine-010816-060733.

*Piper, M, Benitez-Nelson, CR, Frey, K, Mills, MM, Pal, S (2016) Dissolved and Particulate Phosphorus Distributions and Elemental Stoichiometry throughout the Chukchi Sea, Deep-Sea Research II, 130, 76-87,

*Puigcorbé, V., Benitez-Nelson, C.R., Masqué, P., Verdeny, E., White, A.E., Popp, B.N., Prahl, F.G., Lam, P.J. (2015) Small particles drive summertime carbon and nutrient export in the Gulf of California and Eastern Tropical North Pacific. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 29, 1309–1332, doi:10.1002/2015GB005134.

Stukel, MR, Benitez-Nelson, CR, Decima, M., Taylor, AG, Buchwald, C, Landry, MR (2015) The biological pump in the Costa Rica Dome: An open ocean upwelling system with high new production and low export. Journal of Plankton Research, first published online November 30, 2015  doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbv097.

Benitez-Nelson, C.R. (2015) Ocean chemistry. The missing link in oceanic phosphorus cycling? Science, 348, 759-760.

*McParland, E., Benitez-Nelson, C.R., Taylor, G.T., Rollings, A., and Lorenzoni, L (2015) Cycling of suspended particulate phosphorus in the redoxcline of the Cariaco Basin.  Marine Chemistry, 176, 64–74, doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2015.07.008.

Pinckney, J.L., Benitez-Nelson, C.R., Thunell, R.C., Muller-Karger, F. Troccoli, L., and Varela, R. (2015) Changes in phytoplankton community structure in the 1 Cariaco Basin from 1995 to 2011 in response to changes in physical forcing.  Deep-Sea Research, 101, 27-37. DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr.2015.03.004