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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Alison O'Connor

Master's Student

Email : [[aeoconnor]]
Phone : (804) 684-7494
Office : CBH N 309
Department : Physical Sciences, Chemical Oceanography

Education
B.A. in Chemistry and Environmental Studies, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
Advisor
Dr. Aaron Beck
Research Interests

Submarine groundwater discharge, the flow of water from coastal sediments into the ocean, can deliver large amounts of metals and nutrients to the sea. As outflowing groundwater meets seawater within sandy beaches, biogeochemical reactions transform its composition. I study how the reactions that take place at this interface affect the concentrations of redox-sensitive trace metals (Mo, U, V, and Cr) in the water and sediments. My work integrates chemistry, biology, and geology to understand the delivery of these elements to the oceans.