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Clifton Buck

Dr. Clifton Buck
Assistant Professor
Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
10 Ocean Science Circle
Savannah, Georgia 31411
Telephone: (912) 598-2418
Fax: (912) 598-2310

Ph.D. Florida State University

 Research Interests and Projects 

My research is on marine biogeochemistry with a focus on trace element cycling in coastal and marine environments. I am interested in the pathways by which trace elements enter these systems and how physical, chemical, and biological cycling affects their distribution. Trace elements are important because they are often required by plants and animals to perform biological processes. Other trace elements can serve as tracers of natural and anthropogenic physical and chemical processes. These elements are often redox sensitive and can react with particles as well as dissolved organic matter. Past research has focused on atmospheric transport and deposition of mineral aerosols. I have also explored riverine mercury fluxes and cycling within estuaries.

Current Projects:
  • GEOTRACES Pacific Section: Collection and Analysis of Atmospheric Deposition NSF-OCE 1454368.
  • GEOTRACES Arctic Section: Sampling and Analysis of Atmospheric Deposition NSF-OCE 1438047.
  • Trace element fluxes from Antarctic groundwater.
  • Trace element fluxes to the South Atlantic Ocean from the Rio de la Plata plume.
 Selected Publications 
Buck, C. S., C. R. Hammerschmidt, K. L. Bowman, G. A. Gill, and W. M. Landing. 2015. Flux of total mercury and methylmercury to the northern Gulf of Mexico from U.S. estuaries. Environmental Science & Technology 49:13992-13999. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.5b03538
Barrett, P. M., J. A. Resing, N. J. Buck, R. A. Feely, J. L. Bullister, C. S. Buck, and W. M. Landing. 2014. Calcium carbonate dissolution in the upper 1000m of the eastern North Atlantic. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 28(4): 386-397. doi: 10.1002/2013GB004619
Grand, M. M., C. S. Buck, W. M. Landing, C. I. Measures, M. Hatta, W. T. Hiscock, M.Brown, and J. A. Resing. 2014. Quantifying the impact of atmospheric deposition on the biogeochemistry of Fe and Al in the upper ocean: A decade of collaboration with the USCLIVAR-CO2 Repeat Hydrography Program. Oceanography 27(1): 62-65. doi: 10.5670/oceanog.2014.08
Buck, C. S., W. M. Landing, and J. Resing. 2013. Pacific Ocean aerosols: Deposition and solubility of iron, aluminum, and other trace elements. Marine Chemistry 157:117-130. doi: 10.1016/j.marchem.2013.09.005
Morton, P. L., W. M. Landing, S.-C. Hsu, A. Milne, A. M. Aguilar-Islas, A. R. Baker, A. R. Bowie, C. S. Buck, Y. Gao, S. Gichuki, M. G. Hastings, M. Hatta, A. M. Johansen, R. Losno, C. Mead, M. D. Patey, G. Swarr, A. Vandermark, and L. M. Zamora. 2013. Methods for the sampling and analysis of marine aerosols: results from the 2008 GEOTRACES aerosol intercalibration experiment. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods 11:62-78. doi:10.4319/lom.2013.11.62
Barrett, P. M, J. A. Resing, N. J. Buck, C. S. Buck, W. M. Landing, and C. I. Measures. 2012. The trace element composition of suspended particulate matter in the upper 1000 m of the eastern North Atlantic Ocean: A16N. Marine Chemistry 142-144:41-53. doi: 10.1016/j.marchem.2012.07.006
Buck, C. S., and A. Paytan. 2012. Evaluation of commonly used filter substrates for the measurement of aerosol trace element solubility. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods 10:790-806. doi:10.4319/lom.2012.10.790
Buck, C. S., W. M. Landing, and J. A. Resing. 2010. Particle size and aerosol iron solubility: A high-resolution analysis of Atlantic aerosols. Marine Chemistry 120:14-24. doi: 10.1016/j.marchem.2008.11.002
Buck, C. S., W. M. Landing, J. A. Resing, and C. I. Measures. 2010. The solubility and deposition of aerosol Fe and other trace elements in the North Atlantic Ocean: Observations from the A16N CLIVAR/CO2 repeat hydrography section. Marine Chemistry 120:57-70. doi: 10.1016/j.marchem.2008.08.003
Buck, C. S., W. M. Landing, J. A. Resing, and G. T. Lebon. 2006. Aerosol iron and aluminum solubility in the northwest Pacific Ocean: Results from the 2002 IOC cruise. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 7,Q04M07. doi:10.1029/2005GC000977

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