IAS Fast Track Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Robert Sherrell, Rutgers University, USA

28 June - 12 July 2015

Robert Sherrell

Dr Robert Sherrell is a marine geochemist from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He received his PhD from the MIT - Woods Hole Joint Program in Oceanography in 1989, making the first accurate measurements of the trace metal composition of open ocean particulate matter under Dr Edward Boyle, now a member of the National Academy of the U.S. He was then a postdoctoral fellow at MIT, working on the early stages of the GISP2 Greenland ice core drilling. He joined the faculty at Rutgers in 1992, and was promoted to Professor in 2010. He has also conducted research periods in France, Spain, and Israel during sabbatical leaves. Dr Sherrell studies the geochemical behaviour of trace metals in the world's oceans, and is involved in studies of paleoclimate and past ocean circulation, chemistry and biology. He has participated in over 30 oceanographic field expeditions, is one of the few people ever to conduct marine research in the remote Amundsen Sea, West Antarctica, and will soon participate in a major Arctic Ocean cruise as part of the US GEOTRACES program. He has studied metal-phytoplankton interactions, the cycling of nutrients and metals in the American Great Lakes, geochemical processes in submarine hydrothermal vent plumes, biocalcification and the development of novel geochemical paleo-proxies in the skeletons of tropical and deep-sea corals, speleothem records of paleo-climate in South Pacific island caves, and method developments in marine geochemistry using plasma source mass spectrometry. He is devoted to interdisciplinary collaborative research and education, and enjoys scientific and other discussions with a broad range of people at all levels of endeavor. 

During his stay in Bristol Professor Sherrell will give a talk "Vent locally, act globally: Trace metal behaviour in the world's largest hydrothermal vent plume" (7 July).

For further information on Professor Sherrell's visit please contact Dr Kate Hendry (k.hendry@bristol.ac.uk).