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Carol Pride

Associate Professor
Marine Science Program, Savannah State University


1. Interpreting records of climatic (coastal winds, frontal positions) and oceanic change (seawater temp, degree of stratification, upwelling, nutrient availability, and primary production) from marine sediments and time-series sediment traps.
2. Analyzing sources of organic matter (marine vs. terrestrial); determining sedimentation and accumulation rates of organic matter and other particulates; and detecting the occurrence of denitrification in modern and ancient depositional environments.

Tools used:
foraminifera species identification, 18O and 13C of foraminifera (modern and ancient), 15N and 13C of organic matter, 30Si of diatoms and dissolved silica, grain size determinations, 210Pb and 14C dating, and analyses of the biogenic contributions (calcium carbonate, biogenic silica, and organic matter) and lithogenic contributions to marine sediments.

Issues of Interest:

Seasonal, interannual, and long time-scale variations in currents, fronts, nutrient availability and primary production in the South Atlantic Bight

Anthropogenic impacts (pollutants, development, dredging) on water quality and sedimentation in salt marshes and estuaries

Current Projects and Activities:

  • Impact of El Niño on upwelling, sea surface temperature, nutrient availability, diatom production and planktonic foraminifera distribution in the Gulf of California.

  • Glacial-interglacial scale variations in nitrate and dissolved silica availability in the Southern Ocean and potential impacts on CO2 drawdown and nutrient export to lower latitudes.

I am just beginning to investigate research opportunities in the region. The bulk of my work to date has been in deep-water environments (Gulf of California and Southern Ocean). I have some experience studying sedimentation and benthic foraminifera in New England salt marshes and with variations in turbidity and primary production in the Charleston Harbor, S.C.

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