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Chemistry & Environmental Sciences
Assistant Professor


PhD, Marine Science, Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MS, Marine Science, University of South Florida

Classes Taught:

Oceanography Laboratory
Introduction to Environmental Science I
Introduction to Environmental Science I Laboratory
Principles of Earth Science Laboratory
Research Problems in Environmental Science
General Chemistry
General Chemistry I Laboratory
General Chemistry II Laboratory
Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Environmental Chemistry
Research Problems in Chemistry

Research Interest:

Marine Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry
Organic Geochemistry


Biogeochemistry of the Gulf of Mexico
Coral Reef Bleaching and Recovery
Interactions Among Deposit-Feeding, Diagenesis & Animal Nutrition in an Infaunal Community (PI)
Impact of the Deep Horizon Oil Spill to Gulf of Mexico Ecosystems (PI)
In Situ Environmental Raman Spectroscopy (PI)

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications:

Rodrigues, L.J., A. G. Grottoli and T.K. Pease. 2008. Lipid class composition of bleached and recovering Porites compressa Dana, 1846 and Montipora capitata Dana, 1846 corals from Hawaii. J. Exp. Mar. Biol Ecol. 358: 136-143.

Wakeham,S.G., A.P. McNichol, J. Kostka, and T.K. Pease. 2006. Natural-abundance radiocarbon as a tracer of assimilation of petroleum carbon by bacteria in salt marsh sediments. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 70:1761-1771.

Muri, G., S.G. Wakeham, T.K. Pease, and J. Faganeli. 2004. Evaluation of lipid biomarkers as indicators of changes in organic matter delivery to sediments from Lake Planina, a remote mountain lake in NW Slovenia. Org. Geochem. 35:1083-1093.

Wakeham, S.G., T.K. Pease and R. Benner. 2003. Hydroxy fatty acids in marine dissolved organic matter as indicators of bacterial membrane material. Org. Geochem. 34:857-868.

Hee C., T.K. Pease, M.J. Alperin, and C.S. Martens. 2001. DOC production and consumption in anoxic marine sediments: A pulsed-tracer experiment. Limnol. Oceanogr. 46:1908-1920.

Pease, T.K., E.S. Van Vleet, J.S. Barre, and H.D. Dickins. 1998. Simulated degradation of glyceryl ethers by hydrous and flash pyrolysis. Org. Geochem. 29:979-988.

King, L.L, T.K. Pease and S.G Wakeham. 1998. Archaea in Black Sea water column particulate matter and sediments - evidence from ether lipid derivatives. Org. Geochem. 28:677-688.

Wakeham, S.G., K.H. Freeman, T.K. Pease, and J.M. Hayes. 1993. A photoautotrophic source for lycopane in the marine water column and sediments. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 57:159-165.

Wakeham, S.G., J.I. Hedges, C. Lee, and T.K. Pease. 1993. Effect of poisons and preservatives on the composition of organic matter in a sediment trap experiment. J. Mar. Res. 51:669-696.

Pease, T.K., E.S. Van Vleet, and J.S. Barre. 1992. Diphytanyl glycerol ether distributions in sediments of the Orca Basin. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 56:3469-3479.

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