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Name: Bianchi, Thomas
Title: Jon and Beverly Thompson Endowed Chair of Geological Sciences
Organization: Geology
Education: Ph.D, Marine Sciences (Biogeochemistry), University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 1987
Office Address: Dept. of Geological Sciences,PO BOX 112120 GAINESVILLE FL 326112120
Email: tbianchi@ufl.edu
Telephone: +1 352-392-6138


Thomas S. Bianchi is currently holds the Jon and Beverly Thompson Endowed Chair of Geological Sciences in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Florida (UF). Before joining UF in 2013, he held the James R. Whatley Chair in Geosciences in the Dept. of Oceanography at Texas A&M University for 7 years, and prior to that was a Professor in the Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Tulane University for 12 years. His general areas of expertise are organic geochemistry, biogeochemical dynamics of aquatic food chains, carbon cycling in estuarine and coastal ecosystems, and biochemical markers of colloidal, particulate, dissolved and sedimentary organic carbon. He has worked in estuarine systems around the world with particular emphasis on the Mississippi River/Louisiana shelf system over the past 12 years. Some of this work has focused on the fate and transport of organic carbon source inputs to the Louisiana shelf, using chemical biomarkers as source indicators, as well as recent work on the paleo-reconstruction of hypoxia events on the shelf and relationship between carbon cycling in the Mississippi River plume and hypoxia. He has published over 135 articles in refereed journals and was lead co-editor (Bianchi, Pennock and Twilley) of a book entitled “Biogeochemistry of Gulf Mexico Estuaries,” published in 1999, by John Wiley & Sons; a sole-authored book entitled “Biogeochemistry of Estuaries” published in 2007, by Oxford University Press; a co-authors book entitled “Hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico”, published in 2010 by Springer Press, and his most recent co-authored book by Bianchi and Canuel, published in 2011 entitled “Chemical Biomarkers in Aquatic Ecosystems,” published by Princeton University Press. Just this year in 2013 he was senior editor of new book entitled “Biogeochemical Dynamics at Large River Coastal Interfaces: Linkages with Global Change,” published by Cambridge University Press. He is also working on another sole-authored book entitled “River Deltas: Global Change and Cities in Peril,” for Oxford University Press – to be completed December 2013. He is Editor-in-Chief for Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science, and also serves an Associate Editor for the journals Marine Chemistry and Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta. He has been awarded two Fulbright Research Scholarship, through Sweden and Cyprus, and in 2013 was made a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Keywords: biogeochemical cycling; carbon cycling; chemical oceanography; aquatic organic geochemisty

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