Claudia Benitez-Nelson

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Claudia Benitez-Nelson
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Claudia Benitez-Nelson out in the field.
BornMay of 1972
EducationUniversity of Washington and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alma materUniversity of Washington
OccupationProfessor at the University of South Carolina
Known forHer work in the fields of oceanography and her mentorship of college students in the realm of STEM.
AwardsSulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring from the American Geophysical Union (2014)

The Early Career Award in Oceanography from the American Geophysical Union (2006)

The National Faculty of the Year Award from the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (2005)
Websitehttps://cbnelson.wixsite.com/researchlab

Claudia Benitez-Nelson is an Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Science and professor in the School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment at the University of South Carolina. Her research is in chemical oceanography and marine biogeochemistry.

Early life and education[edit]

Claudia Benitez-Nelson spent her earliest years in New York City, NY, where she attended college and graduate classes with her mother from a very young age. She and her mother later moved to Seattle, Washington, where she spent most of her remaining childhood. Benitez-Nelson attended the University of Washington, receiving her Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Oceanography in 1992.[1][2]

Benitez-Nelson found her passion for oceanography after taking an Introduction to Oceanography course at the University of Washington, taught by Roy Carpenter,[3] and then by conducting research with Jim Murray, who helped guide her towards a career in oceanography. Benitez-Nelson earned her Ph.D. through the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program/Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Oceanography in 1999.[2][1] Her Ph.D. advisor, Ken Buesseler, now a senior scientist in Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, played a pivotal role in Benitez-Nelson's development as a scientist and person. [4] Upon graduation, Benitez-Nelson moved to the University of Hawaii as a School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) Young Investigator & National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA)/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Postdoctoral Fellow, where she worked with David Karl, a professor in Oceanography at the University of Hawaii. and member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Career and research[edit]

Benitez-Nelson is a Carolina Distinguished Professor in the School of Earth, Ocean & Environmental Sciences at the University of South Carolina where she serves as the Associate Dean for Instruction, Community Engagement, and Research.[1] After finishing her postdoctoral work in Hawaii, Benitez-Nelson joined the then Department of Geology at the University of South Carolina as an Assistant Professor, she became a Full Professor in 2010.[1]

Benitez-Nelson's research examines the mechanisms of aquatic particle formation, export, and burial and how the composition of these particles changes both temporally and spatially.[5] Much of this work focuses specifically on phosphorus[6][7][8] and carbon biogeochemistry,[9] but includes other elements and compounds ranging from mercury to the neurotoxin, domoic acid. She uses a variety of geochemical techniques in her laboratory, including cosmogenic and uranium series radioisotopes. She participated in the Cariaco Basin project in the Caribbean Sea.[10]

Awards and honors[edit]

Benitez-Nelson has received awards for her research, teaching, and mentoring, such as the Early Career Award in Oceanography [11] and the Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring from the American Geophysical Union. An active researcher, Benitez-Nelson has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Other awards and honors Benitez-Nelson has received include:

Selected works[edit]

Benitez-Nelson's major publications include:[18]

  • Buesseler, Ken; Dai, Minhan; Aoyama, Michio; Benitez-Nelson, Claudia; Charmasson, Sabine; Higley, Kathryn; Maderich, Vladimir; Masqué, Pere; Morris, Paul J.; Oughton, Deborah; Smith, John N. (2017). "Fukushima Daiichi-Derived Radionuclides in the Ocean: Transport, Fate, and Impacts". Annual Review of Marine Science. 9: 173–203. Bibcode:2017ARMS....9..173B. doi:10.1146/annurev-marine-010816-060733. PMID 27359052.[19]
  • Piper, Meryssa M.; Benitez-Nelson, Claudia R.; Frey, Karen E.; Mills, Matthew M.; Pal, Sharmila (2016). "Dissolved and particulate phosphorus distributions and elemental stoichiometry throughout the Chukchi Sea". Deep Sea Research Part Ii: Topical Studies in Oceanography. 130: 76–87. doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.05.009.[20]
  • Puigcorbé, Viena; Benitez-Nelson, Claudia R.; Masqué, Pere; Verdeny, Elisabet; White, Angelicque E.; Popp, Brian N.; Prahl, Fredrick G.; Lam, Phoebe J. (2015). "Small phytoplankton drive high summertime carbon and nutrient export in the Gulf of California and Eastern Tropical North Pacific". Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 29 (8): 1309. Bibcode:2015GBioC..29.1309P. doi:10.1002/2015GB005134.[21]
  • Stukel, Michael R.; Benitez-Nelson, Claudia R.; Décima, Moira; Taylor, Andrew G.; Buchwald, Carolyn; Landry, Michael R. (2016). "The biological pump in the Costa Rica Dome: An open-ocean upwelling system with high new production and low export". Journal of Plankton Research. 38 (2): 348–365. doi:10.1093/plankt/fbv097. PMC 4889986. PMID 27275035.[22]
  • Benitez-Nelson, Claudia (2015). "The missing link in oceanic phosphorus cycling?". Science. 348 (6236): 759–760. Bibcode:2015Sci...348..759B. doi:10.1126/science.aab2801. PMID 25977538.[23]
  • McParland, Erin; Benitez-Nelson, Claudia R.; Taylor, Gordon T.; Thunell, Robert; Rollings, Anna; Lorenzoni, Laura (2015). "Cycling of suspended particulate phosphorus in the redoxcline of the Cariaco Basin". Marine Chemistry. 176: 64–74. doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2015.07.008.[24]
  • Pinckney, James L.; Benitez-Nelson, Claudia R.; Thunell, Robert C.; Muller-Karger, Frank; Lorenzoni, Laura; Troccoli, Luis; Varela, Ramon (2015). "Phytoplankton community structure and depth distribution changes in the Cariaco Basin between 1996 and 2010". Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers. 101: 27–37. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2015.03.004.[25]

Public engagement[edit]

Benitez-Nelson is one of the creators of the GeoScholars Program at the University of South Carolina, a program designed to aid students of color pursuing undergraduate degrees in the geosciences through financial and academic support. Benitez-Nelson also helped form the Women in GeoSciences Club at the University of South Carolina where she mentors female-identifying students in continuing their careers as scientists.[26] She also aids in an after school program known as ScienceQuest, where undergraduate and graduate students work with K-7th grades students explore science.

Personal life[edit]

Benitez-Nelson is married and has two children and a dog. She is an "avid soccer player."[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Claudia R. Benitez-Nelson – Progress". geosciencewomen.org. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  2. ^ a b "Faculty Spotlight: Claudia Benitez-Nelson - College of Arts and Sciences | University of South Carolina". www.sc.edu. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  3. ^ Griffin and Marmor, Tom and Jon. "25 Years of Top Teachers: The Early Decades". University of Washington. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  4. ^ "People Directory : Ken Buesseler". Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  5. ^ Benitez-Nelson, Claudia; Buesseler, Ken O.; Karl, David M.; Andrews, John (2001-12-01). "A time-series study of particulate matter export in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre based on 234Th:238U disequilibrium". Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers. 48 (12): 2595–2611. doi:10.1016/S0967-0637(01)00032-2. ISSN 0967-0637.
  6. ^ Benitez-Nelson, Claudia R (2000-08-01). "The biogeochemical cycling of phosphorus in marine systems". Earth-Science Reviews. 51 (1): 109–135. doi:10.1016/S0012-8252(00)00018-0. ISSN 0012-8252.
  7. ^ Benitez-Nelson, C. R.; O'Neill, Lauren; Kolowith, Lauren C.; Pellechia, Perry; Thunell, Robert (2004). "Phosphonates and particulate organic phosphorus cycling in an anoxic marine basin". Limnology and Oceanography. 49 (5): 1593–1604. doi:10.4319/lo.2004.49.5.1593. ISSN 1939-5590.
  8. ^ Benitez-Nelson, Claudia R.; O'Neill Madden, Lauren P.; Styles, Renée M.; Thunell, Robert C.; Astor, Yrene (2007-04-25). "Inorganic and organic sinking particulate phosphorus fluxes across the oxic/anoxic water column of Cariaco Basin, Venezuela". Marine Chemistry. 105 (1): 90–100. doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2007.01.007. ISSN 0304-4203.
  9. ^ Thunell, Robert; Benitez‐Nelson, Claudia; Varela, Ramon; Astor, Yrene; Muller‐Karger, Frank (2007). "Particulate organic carbon fluxes along upwelling-dominated continental margins: Rates and mechanisms". Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 21 (1). doi:10.1029/2006GB002793. ISSN 1944-9224.
  10. ^ Muller-Karger, Frank E.; Astor, Yrene M.; Benitez-Nelson, Claudia R.; Buck, Kristen N.; Fanning, Kent A.; Lorenzoni, Laura; Montes, Enrique; Rueda-Roa, Digna T.; Scranton, Mary I. (2019-01-03). "The Scientific Legacy of the CARIACO Ocean Time-Series Program". Annual Review of Marine Science. 11 (1): 413–437. doi:10.1146/annurev-marine-010318-095150. ISSN 1941-1405.
  11. ^ "Benitez-Nelson Receives 2006 Ocean Sciences Early Career Award - Honors Program". Honors Program. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  12. ^ "Claudia R. Benitez-Nelson". Loop. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  13. ^ a b c "Internal Faculty Award Winners - Office of the Provost | University of South Carolina". www.sc.edu. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  14. ^ http://www.nasonline.org, National Academy of Sciences -. "Claudia Benitez-Nelson". www.nasonline.org. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  15. ^ {{Cite web|url=http://science.sciencemag.org/content/350/6264/1047%7Ctitle=AAAS Members Elected as Fellows |
  16. ^ "US NSF - GEO - 2010 Membership List". www.nsf.gov. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  17. ^ "Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson - University of South Carolina | Department of Geography & Earth Sciences | UNC Charlotte". geoearth.uncc.edu. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  18. ^ "Claudia Benitez-Nelson - College of Arts and Sciences | University of South Carolina". sc.edu. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  19. ^ Buesseler, Ken; Dai, Minhan; Aoyama, Michio; Benitez-Nelson, Claudia; Charmasson, Sabine; Higley, Kathryn; Maderich, Vladimir; Masqué, Pere; Morris, Paul J. (2017-01-03). "Fukushima Daiichi–Derived Radionuclides in the Ocean: Transport, Fate, and Impacts". Annual Review of Marine Science. 9 (1): 173–203. Bibcode:2017ARMS....9..173B. doi:10.1146/annurev-marine-010816-060733. ISSN 1941-1405. PMID 27359052.
  20. ^ "Dissolved and Particulate Phosphorus Distributions and Elemental Stoichiometry throughout the Chukchi Sea | Request PDF". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  21. ^ Puigcorbé, Viena; Benitez-Nelson, Claudia R.; Masqué, Pere; Verdeny, Elisabet; White, Angelicque E.; Popp, Brian N.; Prahl, Fredrick G.; Lam, Phoebe J. (2015). "Small phytoplankton drive high summertime carbon and nutrient export in the Gulf of California and Eastern Tropical North Pacific". Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 29 (8): 1309–1332. Bibcode:2015GBioC..29.1309P. doi:10.1002/2015gb005134. ISSN 0886-6236.
  22. ^ Stukel, Michael R.; Benitez-Nelson, Claudia R.; Décima, Moira; Taylor, Andrew G.; Buchwald, Carolyn; Landry, Michael R. (2015-11-30). "The biological pump in the Costa Rica Dome: an open-ocean upwelling system with high new production and low export". Journal of Plankton Research. 38 (2): 348–365. doi:10.1093/plankt/fbv097. ISSN 0142-7873. PMC 4889986. PMID 27275035.
  23. ^ Benitez-Nelson, Claudia (2015-05-15). "The missing link in oceanic phosphorus cycling?". Science. 348 (6236): 759–760. Bibcode:2015Sci...348..759B. doi:10.1126/science.aab2801. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 25977538.
  24. ^ "Cycling of suspended particulate phosphorus in the redoxcline of the Cariaco Basin | Request PDF". ResearchGate. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  25. ^ Pinckney, James L.; Benitez-Nelson, Claudia R.; Thunell, Robert C.; Muller-Karger, Frank; Lorenzoni, Laura; Troccoli, Luis; Varela, Ramon (2015). "Phytoplankton community structure and depth distribution changes in the Cariaco Basin between 1996 and 2010". Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers. 101: 27–37. Bibcode:2015DSRI..101...27P. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2015.03.004. ISSN 0967-0637.
  26. ^ "Home | Claudia Benitez-Nelson". Home | Claudia Benitez-Nelson. Retrieved 2018-11-08.