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Stuart Wakeham

Dr. Stuart G. Wakeham
Professor Emeritus
Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
10 Ocean Science Circle
Savannah, Georgia 31411
Affiliate Professor
Department of Oceanography
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington 98195

Residence: 9091 Olympus Beach Rd. NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Telephone: (206) 451-4153

B.A. Chemistry, The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, 1970
M.S. Chemistry, University of Washington, 1972
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Washington, 1976

 Research Interests 

My research has focused on the biogeochemistry of organic matter in rivers, lakes, estuarine salt marshes, and coastal and open ocean areas. Lipid biomarkers provide a link between biological sources of organic matter and organic compounds preserved in sediments. Molecular biomarkers and their isotopic compositions are used to trace processes that produce, transport, and alter and preserve organic matter in water columns and sediments. Understanding the behavior of organic substances in aquatic environments is vital because organic matter is intimately involved in life processes on Earth now and in the past.

 Selected Publications 
Wakeham, S. G., and E. A. Canuel. 2016. The nature of organic carbon in density-fractionated sediments in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (California). Biogeosciences 13(2): 567-582. doi:10.5194/bg-13-567-2016
Quintana, C. O., de Moraes, P. C., Yoshinaga, M. Y., Wakeham, S. G. and Sumida, P. Y. G. 2015. Microbial biomass response to different quantities and sources of organic matter in Brazilian coastal sediments. Marine Ecology 36:766–779. doi:10.1111/maec.12182
Cass, C. J., K. L. Daly, and S. G. Wakeham. Assessment of storage lipid accumulation patterns in eucalanoid copepods from the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. 2014. Deep-Sea Research Part 1 Oceanographic Research Papers 93:117-130.doi:org/10.1016/j.dsr.2014.08.001
Close, H. G., S. G. Wakeham, and A. Pearson. 2014. Lipid and 13C signatures of submicron and suspended particulate organic matter in the Eastern Tropical North Pacific: Implications for the contribution of Bacteria. Deep-Sea Research I 85:15-35. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2013.11.005
Liu, X. –L. C. Zhu, S. G. Wakeham, and K. -U. Hinrichs. 2014. In situ production of branched glycerol dialkyl tetraethers in anoxic marine water columns. Marine Chemistry 166:1-8. doi: org/10.1016/j.marchem.2014.08.008
Wakeham, S. G., and A. P. McNichol. 2014. Transfer of organic carbon through marine water columns to sediments – insights from stable and radiocarbon isotopes of lipid biomarkers. Biogeosciences 11(23): 6895-6914. doi:10.5194/bg-11-6895-2014
Williams, R. L., R. McKinney, S. Wakeham, and K. F. Wishner. 2014. Trophic ecology and vertical trends of carbon and nitrogen isotopes in oxygen minimum zone zooplankton. Deep-Sea Research I 90:36-47. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2014.04.008
Xie, S., X. -L. Liu, F. Schubotz, S. G. Wakeham, and K. -U. Hinrichs. 2014. Distribution of glycerol ether lipids in the oxygen minimum zone of the Eastern Tropical North Pacific Ocean. Organic Geochemistry 71:60-71. doi: 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2014.04.006
Carr, S. A., S. W. Vogel, R. B. Dunbar, J. Brandes, C. T. Mills, J. R. Spear, R. Levy, T. R. Naish, R. D. Powell, S. G. Wakeham, and K. W. Mandernack. 2013. Bacterial abundance and composition in marine sediments beneath the Ross Ice Sheet, Antarctica. Geobiology 11:377-395. doi: 10.1111/gbi.12042
Wakeham, S. G., R. Amann, K. H. Freeman, E. C. Hopmans, B. B. Jörgensen, I. F. Putnam, S. Schouten, J. S. Sinninghe Damsté, H. A. Talbot, and D. Woebken. 2007. Microbial ecology of the stratified water column of the Black Sea as revealed by a comprehensive biomarker study. Organic Geochemistry 38: 2070-2097.

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