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]

Benitez-Nelson was born in New York City, NY in May of 1972. Benitez-Nelson lived alone with her mother, Nurith Benitez, and attended college classes with her from a very young age, even attending classes with her while she was in nursing school. This experience instilled an importance of school in Benitez-Nelson. She lived in NYC until she was in the third grade, when she and her mother moved to Seattle, Washington. She later attended the University of Washington, receiving her Bachelor in Science in Chemistry and Oceanography in 1992.[1][2]

Benitez-Nelson obtained her passion for oceanography after taking Introduction to Oceanography at the University of Washington, taught by Roy Carpenter,[3] her future mentor, guiding her towards a career in oceanography. Benitez-Nelson earned her Ph.D. through the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Oceanography in 1999.[2][1] Her mentor at during her PhD was Ken Buesseler, a marine chemistry and geochemistry senior scientist.[4] Benitez-Nelson then moved to 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 from 1998 to 2001.[1][5] Here Benitez-Nelson met her mentor, Carl Meyer, a professor of marine biology, at the University of Hawaii.[6]

Career and research[edit]

Dr. Benitez-Nelson is a Distinguished Professor in Marine Science in the Department of Earth and Ocean 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, Dr. Benitez-Nelson joined the Department of Geology at the University of South Carolina as an Assistant Professor, she became a full professor in 2010.[1]

Dr. Benitez-Nelson's research focuses on the impact of human and natural processes on the biogeochemical cycle and the export fluxes of phosphorus, carbon and other nutrients within the Earth's oceans.[7] Her work has examined how increased atmospheric CO2 levels have led to ocean acidification and in turn how these changes have affected the world's delicate coral reefs.[8] Dr. Benitez-Nelson further studies cosmogenic and uranium series radioisotopes to investigate historic and modern climate change events in a global context.[1] She has used some of these same isotopic tools to study the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, where most of the radioactive materials from this incident ended up in the ocean.[9]

Awards and honors[edit]

A major award Benitez-Nelson received was the Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring in 2014 from the American Geophysical Union.[10] Benitez-Nelson has received several grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Other awards and honors Benitez-Nelson has received include:

Publications[edit]

Benitez-Nelson's major publications include:[16]

  • 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.[17]
  • 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.[18]
  • 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.[19]
  • 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.[20]
  • 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.[21]
  • 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.[22]
  • 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.[23]

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.[24] 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 to Brian Benitez-Nelson, has two children and a dog. Benitez-Nelson is an "avid soccer player."[1]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ Halton, Mary (2018-03-14). "Carbon dioxide levels threaten reefs". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  9. ^ Powell, Steven. "Fukushima, 5 years on". University of South Carolina. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
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  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ "Dissolved and Particulate Phosphorus Distributions and Elemental Stoichiometry throughout the Chukchi Sea | Request PDF". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ "Cycling of suspended particulate phosphorus in the redoxcline of the Cariaco Basin | Request PDF". ResearchGate. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  23. ^ 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.
  24. ^ "Home | Claudia Benitez-Nelson". Home | Claudia Benitez-Nelson. Retrieved 2018-11-08.