Marine Chemistry Research - Coastal Carolina University
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Marine Chemistry Research

Areas of Research
  • Biogeochemical cycling and speciation of metals (Angelos Hannides)
  • Environmental chemistry (Jane Guentzel)
  • Seasonal hypoxia (Angelos Hannides)
  • Mercury and trace element biogeochemistry and ecotoxicology (Jane Guentzel)
  • Biogeochemical cycling of coastal sands (Angelos Hannides)
  • Water quality monitoring (Susan Libes)

April Abbott, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor) is a sea-going marine geochemist working with modern and ancient marine sediments. Her research interests span isotope geochemistry, marine sediments and diagenesis, ocean chemistry, sediment-water interactions, and paleoclimate. Her research group uses a variety of sedimentological and geochemical tools to understand the sedimentary response to environmental conditions, the impact of sediment composition on chemical cycling, and how we use sediments to understand Earth's past climates. Dr. Abbott earned her Ph.D. from the College of Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University (CEOAS, OSU), M.S. from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and B.S. from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She was the 2022 recipient of The Oceanographic Society's Early Career Award. For more information, visit Dr. Abbott's research page or Google Scholar Profile.

Jane L. Guentzel, Ph.D. (Professor) is a marine and environmental chemist whose research focuses on 1) the biogeochemistry of mercury and other trace elements in aquatic systems, 2) the influence of atmospheric deposition and transport on the cycling of mercury and trace elements in these systems, 3) the influence of chemical speciation on the behavior of mercury and other trace metals in aquatic and atmospheric environments, 4) methods development for the analysis of mercury and other trace elements using ultra-clean techniques.

Angelos Hannides, Ph.D. (Associate Professor) is a marine biogeochemist. His current research centers on sandy shores, diagenetic processes in sandy sediments, land-ocean exchange of pollutants, specific nutrients, and the biogeochemical implications of coastal engineering interventions such as beach nourishment and channel realignment. He also has a keen interest in sensors for biogeochemical parameters on static, ship-borne, and autonomous platforms. Finally, he is invested in the process of science informing policy, based on prior experience as an EU-member-state government scientist, policy maker, and consultant for the private environmental consulting sector. He received his B.S. from the University of Miami as a dual major in Marine Science and Biology with minors in Chemistry and Math.

Hannides received his M.S. in Marine Environmental Sciences from SUNY Stony Brook (now Stony Brook University) with a thesis on animal-sediment interactions, and his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a dissertation on the function of permeable coral reef sands as intense natural bioreactors. For more information, see Dr. Hannides’ profile on CCU’s website.