Robinson W. Fulweiler
Assistant Professor of Biology (jointly with Earth and Environment)
My research is focused on understanding the impact humans have on marine systems. I am especially interested in how various scales of impact (e.g., local: nutrient loading and global: climate change) interact to alter fundamental ecosystem processes. As a biogeochemist and ecologist an overarching goal of my research is to answer questions about energy flow and biogeochemical cycling of nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and silica), carbon, and oxygen in a variety of environments. Current research is centered on the transformations and the ultimate fate of nitrogen in the marine environment, the impact of climate change on benthic-pelagic coupling, silica cycling in salt marshes and estuaries, and greenhouse gas production in a variety of coastal environments.
- ES 144 Introduction to Oceanography
- ES/BI 423/623 Marine Biogeochemistry
- ES/BI 558 Coastal Biogeochemistry
- ES 834 Advanced Topics in (Bio)Geochemical Cycles
- Carey J, Fulweiler RW. (2012). Human activities directly alter watershed dissolved silica fluxes. Biogeochemistry: (In Press) DOI 10.1007/s10533-011-9671-2.
- Heiss EM, Fields L, Fulweiler RW. (2012). Directly Measured Net Denitrification Rates in Offshore New England. Continental Shelf Research 45: 78-86.
- Vieillard A, Fulweiler RW, Hughes Z. (2011). The Ebb and Flood of Silica: Quantifying Dissolved and Biogenic Silica Fluxes from a Temperate Salt Marsh. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 95 (4): 415-423.
- Fulweiler RW, Heiss EM, Emery H, Berounsky V. (2011). Assessing the Role of pH in Determining Water Column Nitrification Rates in a Coastal System. (In Press, Estuaries and Coasts).DOI: 10.1007/s12237-011-9432-4.
- Fulweiler RW. (2009). Fantastic Fixers. Science 326: 377-378. (Invited).
- White J, Fulweiler RW, Li C, Bargu S, Walker N, Twilley R, Green S. (2009). Mississippi River Flood of 2008 -Observations of a Large Freshwater Diversion on Physical, Chemical and Biological Characteristics of a Shallow, Estuarine Lake. Environment, Science, and Technology 43: 5599-5604.
- Fulweiler RW, Nixon SW, Buckley BA, Granger SL. (2008). Net Sediment N2 Fluxes in a Coastal Marine System – Experimental manipulations and a Conceptual Model. Ecosystems 11: 1168-1180.
- Fulweiler RW, Nixon SW, Buckley BA, Granger SL. (2007). Reversal of the net nitrogen flux in coastal marine sediments. Nature 448: 180-182.
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- Feb 25, 2014
Current research suggests a certain type of tiny fungus may play a very large role in the global cycling of carbon. Professor Finzi, who took part in the research, asserts that the work is not only relevant to climate models and predictions of future atmospheric greenhouse gas levels, but also challenges the core foundation in modern biogeochemistry that climate exerts major control over soil carbon pools.Read more.
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