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Details of Prof. Cindy Lee   


Gender female
Job title Distinguished Professor
Department Marine Sciences Research Center
Stony Brook University, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences ( SOMAS)
Stony Brook University Stony Brook NY 11794-5000
Stony Brook University, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences Stony Brook University
Stony Brook
New York
NY 11794-5000
United States
Regions Sea of Azov
Tel 631-632-8741
Fax 631-632-8820
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Degree Ph.D., 1975, University of California at San Diego/
Job type Research
Research Area(s) Chemical Oceanography , Chemical Oceanography
Research Activities My research is concerned with the distribution and behavior of biogenic organic compounds in the marine environment, and the role of these compounds in the global carbon cycle. Understanding how organic compounds behave requires knowledge of the biological, geological, and physical processes in the sea. Most biogenic organic compounds are produced in surface waters by phytoplankton as a result of photosynthesis. These compounds can enter the marine food chain by acting as food for bacteria or zooplankton. Organic compounds can also be affected by chemical and physical processes such as adsorption, photochemical degradation, and transport by currents. I am interested in the rates and mechanisms of the transformation reactions which occur as organic compounds are affected by these processes. To study transformation reactions, my students and I identify and measure the amount of individual organic compounds present in the environment with analytical techniques like gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). We also use radiolabeled compounds as tracers to simulate the behavior of naturally occurring compounds. I am interested in organic compounds in all environments, particularly seawater, surface microlayer and sediments of open ocean and coastal areas.
Research Region 102

Created: 2000-03-21 Last Updated: 2015-05-15 by Cindy LEE