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Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies
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Division of Environmental Chemistry

Marine chemists in the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine & Wetland Studies investigate the link between natural and anthropogenic chemical constituents and their influence on biological, geological, and physical processes. Current efforts in environmental chemistry involve (1) determining nutrient dynamics in Long Bay, South Carolina and how those cycling behaviors might lead to the formation of coastal hypoxia, (2) using natural chemical tracers to identify sources of groundwater input to coastal areas, and the resulting nutrient fluxes associated with this process, and (3) examining the sources of various environmental contaminants (e.g., mercury) and the associated impact on ecosystem functioning. Student involvement in each of these realms strengthens the project as well as the students’ educational opportunities.

Project Title: Project Description:
Determining the Role of Estuarine 'Swashes' on Water Quality Impairment Along the Grand Strand of South Carolina: Impacts of Land Use and Stormwater
Collaborative Research: Development of a Submersible, Autonomous Rn-222 Survey System Intellectual Merit: Submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) is quickly gaining recognition as an important delivery mechanism of new and recycled nutrients to the coastal ocean. Chemical tracers such...
Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER Supplement 2011
Water Level and Salinity Variability Drivers in Singleton Swash, Horry County, South Carolina
Submarine Groundwater Discharge to Long Bay, SC: Preliminary Assessment of Land Use Impact, Geological Controls and Nutrient Loads
The South Carolina Clean Metals Project Mercury exists in many different physical and chemical forms in the environment and it is the interconversions between these species that mediate its distribution patterns and biogeochemical cycling...
Water Quality Dynamics in Long Bay, SC The nearshore region of Long Bay has been the site of a growing number of hypoxic events (dissolved oxygen [DO] <2 mg/L) primarily during summer months. Although anecdotal evidence...
NGOMEX (2009-2014) - Mechanisms Controlling Hypoxia: Integrated Causal Modeling The physical and biogeochemical processes that control and maintain the hypoxic zone in the northern Gulf of Mexico are complex and their relative strengths are known to vary temporally and...
The Bioavailability and Fate of Terrestrial Nutrients and Dissolved Organic Matter in the Coastal Setting
Effects of Urbanization on Groundwater Chemistry and Coastal Microbial Responses
The Origin, Fate, and Bioavailability of Dissolved Organic Nitrogen in Coastal Waters
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