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Gender male
Job title Professor
Department College of Marine Science, Institute for Marine Remote Sensing
University of South Florida, College of Marine Science ( USF CMS)
140 7th Avenue South St. Petersburg FL 33701
St. Petersburg
Regions Sea of Azov
Nationality Venezuela
Tel +1 727-553-3335
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Website http://imars.usf.edu, http://www.marine.usf.edu
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Degree PhD, MSc, BSc
Job type Research , Institutional Management
Research Area(s) Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Policy, Law, Economics, Management , Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Policy, Law, Economics, Management
Research Activities My current focus is the study of carbon and nutrient cycles in the ocean with particular emphasis on the role of continental margins in the productivity of the global oceans. I head the Institute for Marine Remote Sensing (IMaRS) at the University of South Florida which specializes in applications of satellite observation of continental shelves. We do much work in situ to validate satellite ocean color data. Our group is a member in various NASA ocean remote sensing programs. We collect AVHRR, MODIS and SeaWiFS data. We maintain the CARIACO Ocean Time-Series Program in the Cariaco basin in collaboration with Venezuelan scientists at the Fundacion La Salle (EDIMAR) on Margarita Island, the Universidad de Oriente, and Universidad Simon Bolivar. We have been actively involved in research of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico using satellite data. Our group also works on harmful algal blooms (HAB) including red tides, and in the assessment and classification of coral reef, wetland, and other coastal environments using traditional oceanographic and remote sensing data. Our group is engaged in hyperspectral studies of ecological and biogeochemical processes in these systems.
Working languages English, Spanish
Skills/Expertise Satellite remote sensing, Ocean Policy, Ecosystem dynamics
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Dr. Frank MULLER-KARGER)

Taylor, Phil, Erik Hankin, Lora Clark, Jana Davis, Scott Doney, Robert Gagosian, Miriam Kastner, Margaret Leinen, Frank Muller-Karger, Susan Roberts, Martin Visbeck, and Robert Weller. 2013 (In press). Ocean Research and Education Are Foundations for Economic Growth. AGU Ocean Policy Statement.
Le, Chengfeng, Chuanmin Hu, Jennifer Cannizzaro, David English, Frank Muller-Karger, Zhongping Lee. 2013. Evaluation of chlorophyll-a remote sensing algorithms for an optically complex estuary. Remote Sensing of Environment. 129. 75?89.
Lorenzoni, Laura, Gordon T. Taylor, Claudia Benitez-Nelson, Dennis Hansell, Robert Masserini, Enrique Montes, Kent Fanning, Ramón Varela, Yrene Astor, Laurencia Guzmán, and Frank E. Muller-Karger. 2013 (In Press). Spatial and seasonal variability of dissolved organic matter in the Cariaco Basin. Journal of Geophysical Research ? Biogeosciences.
Muller-Karger F., M. Roffer, N. Walker, M. Oliver, O. Schofield, M.Abbott, H. Graber, R.Leben. 2013. Satellite Remote Sensing in Support of IOOS Remote Sensing Observations for the IOOS Global and Coastal Ocean Regional Associations, US IOOS Summit Community White Paper.
Muller-Karger, Frank. 2013. Remote Sensing Applications to Ocean and Human Health. Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology.
Astor, Y.M.a, Lorenzoni, L.b, Thunell, R.c, Varela, R.a, Muller-Karger, F.b, Troccoli, L.d, Taylor, G.T.e, Scranton, M.I.e, Tappa, E.c, Rueda, D. (2013) Interannual variability in sea surface temperature and fCO2 changes in the Cariaco Basin. Deep-Sea Research II, special issue of Ocean Biogeochemistry Time Series Research. Doi 10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.01.002.
Peloquin, J., Swan, C., Gruber, N., Vogt, M., Claustre, H., Ras, J., Uitz, J., Barlow, R., Behrenfeld, M., Bidigare, R., Dierssen, H., Ditullio, G., Fernandez, E., Gallienne, C., Gibb, S., Goericke, R., Harding, L., Head, E., Holligan, P., Hooker, S., Karl, D., Landry, M., Letelier, R., Llewellyn, C. A., Lomas, M., Lucas, M., Mannino, A., Marty, J.-C., Mitchell, B. G., Muller-Karger, F., Nelson, N., O'Brien, C., Prezelin, B., Repeta, D., Jr. Smith, W. O., Smythe-Wright, D., Stumpf, R., Subramaniam, A., Suzuki, K., Trees, C., Vernet, M., Wasmund, N., and Wright, S.: 2013. The MAREDAT global database of high performance liquid chromatography marine pigment measurements, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 5, 109-123, doi:10.5194/essd-5-109-2013.
Mutshinda, Crispin M., Luis Troccoli-Ghinaglia, Zoe V Finkel, Frank E Muller-Karger, Andrew J Irwin. 2013. Environmental control of the dominant phytoplankton in the Cariaco basin: a hierarchical Bayesian approach. Marine Biology Research. 9: 247-261. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17451000.2012.731693.
Church, Matthew J., Michael W. Lomas, and Frank Muller-Karger. 2013 (In press). Sea Change: Charting the course for biogeochemical ocean time series research in a new millennium. Deep-Sea Research II, special issue of Ocean Biogeochemistry Time Series Research.
Zhao, Jun, Brian Barnes, Nelson Melo, David English, Brian Lapointe, Frank Muller-Karger, Blake Schaeffer, Chuanmin Hu. (Accepted, 2013). Assessment of satellite-derived diffuse attenuation coefficients and euphotic depths in south Florida coastal waters. Remote Sensing of Environment.
Montes, Enrique, Mark Altabet, Frank Muller-Karger, Mary Scranton, Laura Lorenzoni, and Yrene Astor. (2013) Biogenic nitrogen gas production at the oxic-anoxic interface in the Cariaco Basin, Venezuela. Biogeosciences. Biogeosciences, 10, 267-279, doi:10.5194/bg-10-267-2013.
Bout-Roumazeilles, Viviane, Armelle Riboulleau, Eric Armynot du Châtelet, Laura Lorenzoni, Nicolas Tribovillard, Richard W. Murray, Frank Müller-Karger, Yrene M. Astor. (Accepted, 2013.) Clay mineralogy of surface sediments as a tool for deciphering river contributions to the Cariaco Basin (Venezuela). Journal of Geophysical Research. DOI: 10.1002/jgrc.20079.
Montes, Enrique, Robert Thunell, Frank E. Muller-Karger, Eric Tappa, Laura Lorenzoni, Luis Troccoli, Yrene Astor, Ramón Varela. 2013. Sources of ?15N variability in sinking particulate nitrogen in the Cariaco Basin, Venezuela. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0967064513000076
Chollett, Iliana, Frank E Müller-Karger, Scott F Heron, William Skirving, Peter J Mumby. 2012. Seasonal and spatial heterogeneity of recent sea surface temperature trends in the Caribbean Sea and southeast Gulf of Mexico. Marine Pollution Bulletin. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.02.016
Soto-Ramos, Inia Mariel, Chuanmin Hu, Karen A. Steidinger, Frank Muller-Karger, Jennifer Cannizzaro, Jennifer Wolny, Sergio Cerdeira-Estrada, Eduardo Santamaria-del-Angel, Fausto Tafoya-del-Angel, Porfirio Alvarez-Torres, Jorge Herrera-Silveira, and Jeanne Allen. 2012. Bi-National Collaborations on Harmful Algal Blooms Research in the Gulf of Mexico. Eos AGU Transactions. Eos, Vol. 93, No. 5, 31. 0. 49-50.
Muhling, B.A., M.A. Roffer, J.T. Lamkin, G.W. Ingram Jr., M.A. Upton, G. Gawlikowski, F. Muller-Karger, S. Habtes, W.J. Richards. 2012. Overlap between Atlantic bluefin tuna spawning grounds and observed Deepwater Horizon surface oil in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Mar. Pollut. Bull. (2012), doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.01.034.
Montes, E., F.E. Muller-Karger, R. Thunell, D. Hollander, Y. Astor, R. Varela, I. Soto, L. Lorenzoni. 2012. Vertical fluxes of particulate biogenic material through the euphotic and twilight zones in the Cariaco Basin, Venezuela. Deep-Sea Research Part I. 67:73?84.
Lindo-Atichati, David, Francis Bringas, Gustavo Goni, Barbara Muhling, Frank E. Muller-Karger, and Sennai Habtes. 2012. Variability of mesoscale structures with effects on larval fish distribution in the northern Gulf of Mexico during spring months. Marine Ecology Progress Series. Vol. 463: 245?257; doi: 10.3354/meps09860.
Taylor, Gordon T., Frank E. Muller-Karger, Robert C. Thunell, Mary I. Scranton, Yrene Astor, Ramon Varela, Luis Troccoli Ghinaglia, Laura Lorenzoni, Kent A. Fanning, Sultan Hameed, and Owen Doherty. 2012. Ecosystem responses in the southern Caribbean Sea to global climate change. PNAS. Vol. 109, no. 47, 19315?19320.
Lorenzoni, Laura; Claudia R Benitez-Nelson; Robert C Thunell; David Hollander; Ramón Varela; Yrene Astor; Franck A Audemard; Frank E Muller-Karger. 2012. Potential role of event-driven sediment transport on sediment accumulation in the Cariaco Basin, Venezuela. Marine Geology. Marine Geology, 307-310, 105?110.
Yu, Kun, Chuanmin Hu, Frank E. Muller-Karger, Dianmei Lu and Inia Soto. 2011. Shoreline changes in west-central Florida between 1987 and 2008 from Landsat observations. International Journal of Remote Sensing. DOI:10.1080/01431161.2010.535045.
Soto Ramos, Inia Mariel, Frank Muller-Karger, P. Hallock, and Chuanmin Hu. 2011. Sea surface temperature variability in the Florida Keys and its relationship to coral cover. Journal of Marine Biology. Volume 2011, Article ID 981723, pages 1-10. doi:10.1155/2011/981723.
Lirman D, Schopmeyer S, Manzello D, Gramer LJ, Precht WF, F. Muller-Karger, et al. (2011) Severe 2010 Cold-Water Event Caused Unprecedented Mortality to Corals of the Florida Reef Tract and Reversed Previous Survivorship Patterns. PLoS ONE 6(8): e23047. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023047.
Nababan, Bisman, Frank E.Muller-Karger, Chuanmin Hu and Douglas C. Biggs. 2011. Chlorophyll variability in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. International Journal of Remote Sensing (TRES). Taylor and Francis Group. DOI:10.1080/01431161.2010.542192. Pages 1?19.
Lorenzoni, Laura, Chuanmin Hu, Ramón Varela, Glenda Arias, Laurencia Guzman, and Frank Muller-Karger. 2011. Bio-optical characteristics of Cariaco Basin (Caribbean Sea) waters. Continental Shelf Research. Volume 31, Issue 6, 15 April 2011, Pages 582-593.
Hu, C., J. Cannizzaro, K.L. Carder, Z. Lee, F.E. Muller-Karger, I. Soto (2011) Red Tide Detection in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Using MODIS Imagery. In: Handbook of Satellite Remote Sensing Image Interpretation: Applications for Marine Living Resources Conservation and Management. Morales, J., Stuart, V., Platt, T., Sathyendranath, S. (Eds.) EU PRESPO and IOCCG, Dartmouth, Canada.
Martinez, N. C., R. W. Murray, R. C. Thunell, L. C. Peterson, F. Muller-Karger, L. Lorenzoni, Y. Astor, and R. Varela. 2010. Local and regional geochemical signatures of surface sediments from the Cariaco Basin and Orinoco Delta, Venezuela. Geology. 38; no. 2; p. 159?162; doi: 10.1130/G30487.1.
Muller-Karger, Frank. E., R. Varela, R. C. Thunell, M. I. Scranton, G. T. Taylor, Y. Astor, C. R. Benitez-Nelson, L. Lorenzoni, E. Tappa, M. A. Goñi, D. Rueda, and C. Hu. 2010. The CARIACO Oceanographic Time Series. In: Carbon and Nutrient Fluxes in Continental Margins: A Global Synthesis. JGOFS Continental Margins Task Team (CMTT). Editors: Kon-Kee Liu, Larry Atkinson, Renato Quinones, Liana Talaue-McManus. Springer-Verlag, Berlin/Heidelberg.
Yu, Kun, Chuanmin Hu, Frank E. Muller-Karger, Dianmei Lu, and Inia Soto. 2010 (Accepted March 2010). Shoreline changes in the west-central Florida between 1987 ? 2008 from Landsat observations. International Journal of Remote Sensing.
Muller-Karger, Frank., Kent Fanning, Albert Hine , William Hogarth, and Jacqueline Dixon. 2010 (published 2012). The College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida. Gulf of Mexico Science. Vol. XXVIII, No. 1-2. p. 164-172.
Hu, C., D. Li, C. Chen, J. Ge, F. E. Muller-Karger, J. Liu, F. Yu, and M.-X. He. (Accepted, April 2010), On the recurrent Ulva prolifera blooms in the Yellow Sea and East China Sea, J. Geophys. Res., 115, XXXXXX, doi:10.1029/2009JC005561.
National Research Council. 2010. Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Report of the Committee on ?NOAA?s Education Program: Review and Critique?. National Academies press. John Farrington and Michael Feder, editors.
Moses, Christopher S., Serge Andréfouët, Christine J. Kranenburg, Frank E. Muller-Karger. 2009. Regional estimates of reef carbonate dynamics and productivity using Landsat 7 ETM+, and potential impacts from ocean acidification. Marine Ecology Progress Series. Vol. 380: 103?115, 2009. doi: 10.3354/meps07920.
Lorenzoni, Laura, Robert C Thunell, Claudia R. Benitez-Nelson, David Hollander, Nahysa Martinez, Eric Tappa, Ramón Varela, Yrene Astor and Frank E. Muller-Karger. 2009. The importance of subsurface nepheloid layers in transport and delivery of sediments to the eastern Cariaco Basin, Venezuela. Deep-Sea Research Part I 56, pp. 2249-2262. DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr.2009.08.001
Soto, I., S. Andrefouet, C. Hu, F. E. Muller-Karger, C. C. Wall, J. Sheng, B. G. Hatcher. 2009. Physical connectivity in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System inferred from 9 years of ocean color observations. Coral Reefs. DOI 10.1007/s00338-009-0465-0.
Thunell, R. C., C. R. Benitez-Nelson, R. Varela, Y. Astor, and Muller-Karger, Frank. E.. 2007 (In press). Particulate Organic Carbon Fluxes Along Upwelling-Dominated Continental Margins: Rates and Mechanisms. Global Biogeochemical Cycles.
Biggs, Douglas C., Chuanmin Hu, and Frank E. Muller-Karger. 2007 (in press). Remotely sensed sea surface chlorophyll and calculated POC flux at Deep Gulf of Mexico Benthos sampling stations. Deep-Sea Res II. Topical issue on DGoMB program.
Oey, Lie-Yauw, Tal Ezer, Chuanmin Hu, Frank Muller-Karger. 2007 (in press). Baroclinic tidal flows and inundation processes in Cook Inlet, Alaska: Numerical modeling and satellite observations. Ocean Dynamics.
Chen, Z., Hu, C., Conmy, R.N., Swarzenski, P., & Muller-Karger, F. 2007 (in press). Colored Dissolved Organic Matter in Tampa Bay, Florida. Marine Chemistry.
Tedesco, Kathy, Robert Thunell, Yrene Astor, and Frank Muller-Karger. 2007. The oxygen isotope composition of planktonic foraminifera from the Cariaco Basin, Venezuela: Seasonal and interannual variations, Marine Micropaleontology. Vol. 62. 180-193.
Muller-Karger, Frank. E., R. Varela, R. C. Thunell, M. I. Scranton, G. T. Taylor, Y. Astor, C. R. Benitez-Nelson, L. Lorenzoni, E. Tappa, M. A. Goñi, D. Rueda, and C. Hu. 2007 (Accepted) The CARIACO Oceanographic Time Series. In: Carbon and Nutrient Fluxes in Continental Margins: A Global Synthesis. JGOFS Continental Margins Task Team (CMTT). Editors: Kon-Kee Liu, Larry Atkinson, Renato Quinones, Liana Talaue-McManus (2006) Springer-Verlag New York.
Taylor GT, Iabichella-Armas M, Varela R, Muller-Karger F, Lin X & Scranton MI. 2006. Microbial ecology of the Cariaco Basin's redoxcline: the U.S.-Venezuela CARIACO times series program. In: Neretin L, Jørgensen BB & Murray J (eds), Past and Present Water Column Anoxia, NATO Sci Ser., Springer. 473-499.
Scranton, Mary I., Michelle McIntyre, Gordon T. Taylor, Frank Muller-Karger, Kent Fanning, Yrene Astor. 2006. Temporal Variability in the Nutrient Chemistry of the Cariaco Basin. In: Neretin L, Jørgensen BB & Murray J (eds), Past and Present Water Column Anoxia, NATO Sci Ser., Springer. 139-160.
Muller-Karger, Frank E., Ramon Varela, Robert Thunell, Remy Luerssen, Chuanmin Hu, and John J. Walsh. 2005. The importance of continental margins in the global carbon cycle. Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 32, L01602, doi:10.1029/2004GL021346, 2005.
Muller-Karger, F. E., C. Hu, S. Andréfouët, and R. Varela. 2005. The Color of the Coastal Ocean and applications in the solution of research and management problems. In: Remote Sensing of Coastal Aquatic Environments: Technologies, Techniques and Application, R.L. Miller, C.E. Del Castillo and B.A. McKee [Eds.], Springer, 101-127.
Muller-Karger, F. E., R. Varela, R. Thunell, Y. Astor, H. Zhang, and C. Hu. 2004. Processes of Coastal Upwelling and Carbon Flux in the Cariaco Basin. Deep-Sea Research II. Special Issue: Views of Ocean Processes from the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) Mission: Volume 2 - Edited by D. A. Siegel, A. C. Thomas and J. Marra. Vol 51/10-11 pp 927-943.
Rueda-Roa, Digna T., Frank E. Muller-Karger, The Southern Caribbean Upwelling System: Sea surface temperature, wind forcing and chlorophyll concentration patterns, Deep-Sea Research I, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr.2013.04.008.
Barnes, Brian B., Chuanmin Hu, and Frank Muller-Karger. 2011. An improved high-resolution SST climatology to assess cold water events off Florida. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters. Vol 8 (4).
Chollett, Iliana, Peter J. Mumby, Frank E. Müller-Karger, and Chuanmin Hu. 2012. Physical environments of the Caribbean Sea. Limnology and Oceanography. Limnol. Oceanogr., 57(4), 2012, 1233?1244. doi:10.4319/lo.2012.57.4.1233.
Goñi, Miguel A., H. Aceves, B. Benitez-Nelson, E. Tappa, R. Thunell, D.E. Black, F. Muller-Karger, Y. Astor, R. Varela. 2009. Oceanographic and Climatologic Controls on the Compositions and Fluxes of Biogenic Materials in the Water Column and Sediments of Cariaco Basin over the Late Holocene. Deep-Sea Research Part I., v.56(4), 2009, p. 614.

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