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Marine Chemistry Research

Areas of Research
  • Biogeochemical cycling and speciation of metals (Angelos Hannides)
  • Environmental chemistry (Jane Guentzel, Susan Libes)
  • Seasonal hypoxia (Angelos Hannides, Susan Libes)
  • Mercury and trace element biogeochemistry and ecotoxicology (Jane Guentzel)
  • Marine and freshwater pollution and best management practices for watersheds (Susan Libes)
  • Biogeochemical cycling of coastal sands (Angelos Hannides)
  • Jane L. Guentzel, Ph.D. (Professor and Department Chair) 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. (Assistant Professor) The study of sandy habitats as a major ecosystem service provider, the advancement of autonomous biogeochemical observations of the marine environment, and the science-driven assessment and management of ocean health. 
  • Susan Libes, Ph.D. (Professor), a marine and environmental chemist, conducts research on aquatic and marine pollution. She also is the program director of the Environmental Quality Lab, which is certified by the state of South Carolina to perform water quality measurements. This laboratory, under the direction of Libes, is used to train students for careers in environmental chemistry and marine analytical technology. She also is the author of a textbook in marine chemistry that is used in graduate and undergraduate programs worldwide.