Chief: Dr. Jennifer Samson
James J. Howard Laboratory
Ecosystems Processes Division
Marine Chemistry Branch
The Marine Chemistry Branch focuses on a wide range of research problems related to the health and well-being of marine resource species, and the extent to which environmental conditions such as ocean acidification and contamination affects sustainability and utilization.
The Branch investigates the impacts of ocean acidification on managed fisheries and conducts studies on contaminants in water, sediment, and tissues of fishes and invertebrates to determine how contaminants accumulate and are distributed in nearshore and estuarine systems and through food web transfer.
The Branch measures carbonate chemistry, nutrients, trace metals and organic contaminants with an emphasis on developing new, more rapid and cost-effective detection techniques. Additionally, the Branch develops, tests, and applies analytical methodology to ensure the highest quality in fishery products sold or consumed in the United States.