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Robert Thompson

Graduate Trainee

My research has been focused on carbonate chemistry dynamics in the waters surrounding the reefs and atolls throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago. My master's research was investigating the effects of some nearshore processes, such as dissolution of carbonate minerals, primary productivity, and mixing on various parameters of the inorganic carbon system. My current research interests are focused specifically on the process of carbonate dissolution. The most soluble carbonates are known as the magnesian calcites, and these will be the first affected by ocean acidification. Unfortunately, the kinetics of their dissolution are not well known, so I will attempt to better constrain that reaction. This knowledge will enable others to better predict how the carbonate dissolution feedback process will respond to an increasingly acidic ocean.

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2525 Correa Road, HIG 238 Honolulu, HI 96822