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James E. Bauer

Adjunct Professor of Marine Science

Department: Physical Sciences

  • B.A., Boston University
  • M.S., SUNY, Stony Brook
  • Ph.D., University of Maryland
Research Interests
  • Isotope geochemistry of marine organic matter
  • Marine biogeochemistry
  • Role of bacteria in elemental cycles and food webs
Current Projects
  • Radiocarbon studies of dissolved and particulate organic carbon in the deep open ocean.
  • Transport of dissolved and particulate organic matter to the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by rivers and estuaries.
  • Assessing the role of heterotrophic bacteria in controlling organic matter turnover.
  • Transformation rates and fate of dissolved, colloidal and particulate organic carbon in ocean margins.
Selected Publications
  • Bauer, J.E., E.R.M. Druffel, D.M. Wolgast and S. Griffin. 2002. Temporal and spatial variability in sources and cycling of DOC and POC in the northwest Atlantic continental margin. Deep-Sea Research-II 49: 4,387-4,419.
  • Bauer, J.E. Carbon isotopic composition of DOM. 2002. In: D.A. Hansell and C.A. Carlson, Eds., “Biogeochemistry of Marine Dissolved Organic Matter”, Elsevier Science Publishers, pp. 405-453.
  • Raymond, P.A. and J.E. Bauer. 2001. Riverine export of aged terrestrial organic matter to the North Atlantic Ocean. Nature 409: 497-500.
  • Bauer, J.E., E.R.M. Druffel, D.M. Wolgast and S. Griffin. 2001. Cycling of dissolved and particulate organic radiocarbon in the northwest Atlantic continental margin. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 15(3): 615-636.
  • Raymond, P.A. and J.E. Bauer. 2001. DOC cycling in a temperate estuary: a mass balance approach using natural 14C and 13C. Limnology and Oceanography 46:655-667.
Past Students
  • Leigh McCallister, Ph.D. degree awarded Fall 2002
  • Ai Ning Loh, Ph.D. degree awarded Fall 2002
  • Carol Pollard, M.S. degree awarded Fall 2002
  • Peter Raymond, Ph.D. degree awarded Summer 1999
  • Megan Bohlen, M.S. degree awarded Summer 1999
  • Ai Ning Loh, M.S. degree awarded Summer 1998
  • Jennifer Cherrier, Ph.D. degree awarded Spring 1997 (Florida State University)
  • Gary Schultz, M.S degree awarded Fall 1994 (Florida State University)
  • Padma Venkatraman, awarded Summer 2000
Courses Taught/Teaching
  • Fundamentals of Marine Science (graduate)
  • Advanced Principles of Chemical Oceanography (graduate)
  • Marine Organic Geochemistry (graduate)
  • Introduction to Oceanography (undergraduate)
  • Biogeochemistry Seminar (graduate)
  • Special Topics (graduate)
  • Marine Microbial Ecology (graduate)
  • Biogeochemistry of Marine Food Webs (graduate)
Faculty/Student Awards
  • 1999. Distinguished Visiting Marine Scientist, University of Georgia, Department of Marine Science, Athens, GA.
  • 1998. Best Paper in Geochemistry. The Geochemical Society, American Chemical Society (for: Eglinton, Benitez-Nelson, McNichol, Bauer and Druffel. 1997. Variability in radiocarbon ages of individual organic compounds from marine sediments. Science 277: 796-799).
  • 1997. Alumni Fellowship Award, for excellence in teaching. Society of the Alumni, College of Wm. & Mary.
  • 1988. NASA Planetary Biology Fellowship, NASA-Ames Research Center, Mtn. View, CA.
  • 1987-89. CBL Fellowship, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland.
  • 1985. Kenneth P. Stoudte Award, for best dissertation in environmental sciences. State University of New York, Stony Brook.
Professional Memberships
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
  • American Society of Microbiology
Collaborative/Interdisciplinary Efforts
  • 2003-present. Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans
  • 2001-2002. Guest Editor, “Carbon Cycling and Biogeochemistry in the Northwest Atlantic Shelf and Slope: Results of the Ocean Margins Program”, Deep-Sea Research-II, Volume 49
  • Oceanographic Cruises - Chief Scientist, co-Chief Scientist, or participant on 22 major oceanographic research cruises.
  • Public Outreach – present frequent (~2 per year) public lectures as part of the VIMS Mini-School of Marine Science in various local communities.
  • 2001. Co-Chair, ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting Special Session, “Carbon Cycling in Margins of Ocean and Large Lake Basins”, Albuquerque.
  • 2000-2001. Guest Co-Editor, Deep-Sea Research II special volume “The Ocean Margins Program – Carbon Cycling in the Northwest Atlantic Continental Shelf and Slope”.
    2000-present. Member, Steering Committee, River-Dominated Ocean Margins (RiOMar) Program, NSF.
  • 2000-present. Associate Editor, Marine Chemistry.
  • 1999-2000. Member, Organizing Committee, Ocean Sciences 2000 Meeting, San Antonio.