Claudia R. Benitez-Nelson
Department of Geological Sciences
University of South Carolina
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. Water column advective and diffusive mixing. Development of new analytical techniques.
Ph.D. Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program, February 1999 Thesis Title: Phosphorus cycling in the Gulf of Maine: A Multi-tracer ApproachAdvisor: Dr. Ken Buesseler
B.S. Physical Chemistry, University of Washington, 1987 - 1992
B.S. Chemical Oceanography, Universityof Washington, 1987 - 1992
2002 - present - Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, University of South Carolina
2002 - present - Affiliate Graduate Faculty, Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii
1999 - 2001 Full Graduate Faculty, Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii
1998 - 2001 SOEST Young Investigator, University of Hawaii
1998 - 2000 NOAA/UCAR Postdoctoral Fellow in Climate and Global Change, University of Hawaii
1993 - 1998 Graduate Research Assistant, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
1996 Teaching Assistant, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
1991 Summer Student Fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
1989 - 1991 Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Washington
Honors And Awards
2002 South Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation Outstanding Mentor
1998 - 2001 SOEST Young Investigator, University of Hawaii 1998 - 2000 NOAA/UCAR Postdoctoral Fellow in Climate and Global Change
1996 - 1998 Environmental Protection Agency STAR Graduate Fellowship
1993 - 1996 Office of Naval Research Graduate Fellowship.
1993 NSF Minority Graduate Fellowship Graduate Recruitment Fellowship, University of Washington
1991 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Summer Student Fellow
Publications in Refereed Journals
Bidigare, R. R., C. R. Benitez-Nelson, C. L. Leonard, , M. P. Seki, M. L. Parsons, R. D. Vaillancourt, J. Marra and P. Quay (2002) Influence of a cyclonic eddy on photosynthesis, microheterotroph abundance and carbon export in the lee of Hawaii. J. Geophys. Res., submitted.
Benitez-Nelson, C. R., S. M. V ink, J. Heath, B. Huebert (2002) Volcanically influenced iron and aluminum cloud water deposition to Hawaii. Atm. Environment, revised
Sansone, F. J., C. R.Benitez-Nelson, E. H. DeCarlo, J. A. Resing, S. M. Vink, J. A. Heath, B. J. Huebert (2002) Geochemistry of Atmospheric Aerosols Generated from Lava-Seawater Interactions. Geophys. Res. Lett., 29, 10.1029/2001GL013882.
Benitez-Nelson, C. R. and D. M. Karl (2002) Phosphorus cycling in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre using cosmogenic 32P and 33P. Limnol. and Ocean., 47, 762-770.
Benitez-Nelson, C. R., K. O. Buesseler, D. M. Karl, J. E. Andrews (2001) A time-series study of particulate matter export in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre based on 234Th:238U disequilibrium. Deep-Sea Res. I, 48, 2595-2611.
Benitez-Nelson, C. R., K. O. Buesseler, M. Rutgers van der Loeff, J. E. Andrews, L. Ball, G. Crossin, and M. A. Charette (2001) Testing a new small volume technique for determining 234Th in seawater. J. Radioanal. and Nuc. Chem., 248, 795-799.
Dai, M. H. and C. R.Benitez-Nelson (2001) Colloidal Organic Carbon and 234Th in the Gulf of Maine. Mar. Chem., 74, 181-196.
Buesseler, K. O., C. R. Benitez-Nelson, M. Rutgers van der Loeff, J. E. Andrews, L. Ball, G. Crossin, and M. A. Charette (2001) A comparison of methods with a new small-volume technique for thorium-234 in seawater. Mar. Chem., 74, 15-28.
Benitez-Nelson, C.R. (2000) The Biogeochemical Cycling of Phosphorus in Marine Systems. Earth Sci. Rev., 51, 109-135.
Benitez-Nelson, C.R. (2000) Phosphorus cycling in coastal marine ecosystems. Investigacion Y Ciencia (Scientific American-Spanish language version), 5, 36-38.
Benitez-Nelson, C.R., K. O.Buesseler and G. Crossin (2000) Upper ocean carbon export, eddy diffusivity and horizontal transport in the southwestern Gulf of Maine. Cont. Shelf Res., 20, 707-736.
Benitez-Nelson, C.R. (2000) Phosphorus in the upper ocean. Ciencia al Dia Internacional, 3, 1:
Benitez-Nelson, C.R. and K. O. Buesseler (1999) 32P, 33P, 7Be and 210Pb: Atmospheric fluxes and utility in tracing stratosphere/troposphere exchange. J. of Geophys. Res., 104, 11745-11754.
Benitez-Nelson, C.R. and K. O. Buesseler (1999) Temporal variability of inorganic and organic phosphorus turnover rates in the coastal ocean. Nature, 398, 502-505.
Buesseler, K. O., L. Ball, J. Andrews, C. Benitez-Nelson, R. Belastock, F. Chai, and Y.Chao (1998) Upper ocean export of particulate organic carbon in the Arabian Sea derived from Thorium-234. Deep-Sea Res. II, Special Arabian Sea Issue, 45, 2461-2488.
Benitez-Nelson, C.R. and K. O. Buesseler (1998) New techniques for the measurement of 32P and 33P activities in rain and seawater. Anal. Chem., 70, 64-72.
Buesseler, K. O. and C. R. Benitez (1994) Determination of mass accumulation rates and sediment inventories in the deep Black Sea. Deep-Sea Res. II, 41, 1605-1615.
Reviewer of several proposals each year from the national Science Foundation (OCN Division, CAREER, ADVANCE)
Reviewer of manuscripts for Deep-Sea Research, Journal of Geophysical Research -atmospheres, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Limnology and Oceanography, Marine Chemistry, Journal of Marine Research, Geophysical Research Letters.
2002 Panelist, NSF Chemical Oceanography Core Program Announcement (May)