Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory Spotlight

Investigating the Effect of Glacial-Carved Submarine Troughs on Coastal Circulation
Patrick's research focuses on submarine canyons located in the continental shelf called troughs. He's investigating the dynamics of how troughs exchange water between shelves and ocean basins to better understand the impacts of ocean circulation patterns. 
Establishing Pteropods as a Biological Indicator for Ocean Acidification
Tyler's research focuses on ocean acidification in the waters off the East Coast of the United States. She's trying to establish the relationship between the temporal and spatial distribution of pteropod species to help assess the viability of pteropods for use as a biological indicator for OA. 
Examining alkalinity in coastal water and its connection to ocean acidification
Chris' research details how coastal ocean water buffers inputs of acidity. The acidification of these important ecosystems is projected to increase in the near future due to increasing atmospheric CO2 inputs.
Does enzymatic hydrolysis of organic phosphorus compounds fuel harmful cyanobacterial blooms in western Lake Erie?
John's research combines remote sensing technologies with lab experiments to determine how internal nutrient loading fuels the blooms of potentially toxic cyanobacteria in western Lake Erie. This research is important as tens of thousands of people rely on Lake Erie for drinking water.
Marine Snow as a Potential Transport Mechanism of Spilled Oil in Cook Inlet, Alaska
Jesse is exploring how naturally occurring marine snow aggregates and how sediment may affect the fate of spilled oil. His research includes sediment trap sampling in Kachemak Bay, Alaska, as well as laboratory-scale experiments with oil and dispersants at UNH.
Predicting Species Range Boundaries in the Coastal Ocean
Will’s research models the dispersal of populations of larval organisms in coastal waters. Understanding these patterns of dispersal helps us understand the role that currents play in establishing the range boundaries of species.