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James Moffett

Professor of Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Phone: (213) 740-5626
Office: AHF 204

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Ph.D. Chemical Oceanography, University of Miami, 1986
B.S. Chemistry, University of Otago, 1981

Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic institution, 12/1986-12/1988  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Speciation and redox chemistry of trace elements in natural waters, with emphasis on transport processes and catalytic processes. Metal -phytoplankton interactions; characterization of biologically produced chelators Effects of protozoans on chemical fate Bacterially mediated metal precipitation reactions


Journal Article

Jacquot, J. E., Horak, R. E., Amin, S. A., et, a. (2014). Assessment of the potential for copper limitation of ammonia oxidation by Archaea in a dynamic estuary Mar. Chem. Vol. 162, pp. 37-49.
Vedamati, J., Goepfert, T., Moffett, J. W. (2014). Iron speciation in the Eastern Tropical South Pacific oxygen minimum zone off of Peru. Limnol. Oceanogr.
Qin, W., Urakawa, H., Amin, S. A., Martens-Habbena, W., Devol, A., Walker, C. B., Moffett, J. W., Armbrust, E. V., Ingalls, A. E. (2014). Novel isolates of marine ammonia-oxidizing archaea display obligate mixotrophy and wide ecotypic variation. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.
Jacquot, J. E., Kondo, Y., Knapp, A. N., Moffett, J. W. (2013). The speciation of copper across active gradients in nitrogen-cycle processes in the eastern tropical South Pacific. Limnol. Oceanogr.. Vol. 58 (4), pp. 1387-1394, doi:10.4319/lo.2013.58.4.1387.
Amin, S. A., Moffett, J. W., Martens-Habbena, W., Jacquot, J. E., Han, Y., Devol, A., Ingalls, A. E., Stahl, D. A., Armbrust, E. V. (2013). Copper requirements of the ammonia-oxidizing archaeon Nitrosopumilus maritimus SCM1 and implications for nitrification in the marine environment. Limnol. and Oceanogr.. pp. 58, 2037-2045.
Kondo, Y., Moffett, J. W., Nishioka, J. (2013). Dissolved Fe(II) in the Arabian Sea oxygen minimum zone and western tropical Indian Ocean during the inter-monsoon period Deep Sea Res. Part 1. Vol. 73, pp. 73–83.
Horak, R. A., Qin, W., Schauer, A. J., et, a. (2013). Ammonia oxidation kinetics and temperature sensitivity of a natural marine community dominated by Archaea. ISME Journ. Vol. 7 (10), pp. 2023-2033.
Kondo, Y., Moffett, J. W. (2013). Dissolved Fe(II) in the Arabian Sea oxygen minimum zone and western tropical Indian Ocean during the inter-monsoon period. Deep Sea Res. Vol. Part 1, pp. 73 : 73-83.
Moffett, J. W., Tuit, C. B., Ward, B. B. (2012). Chelator-induced inhibition of Cu metalloenzymes in denitrifying bacteria Limnol. OceanogrLimnol. Oceanogr. Vol. 57 (1), pp. 272-280.
Naqvi, S., Moffett, J. W., Gauns, M. (2010). The Arabian Sea as a high-nutrient, low-chlorophyll region during the late Southwest Monsoon. Biogeosciences. Vol. 7 (7), pp. 2091-2100..

Service to the Profession

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Associate Editor, Marine Chemistry, 2010-2011   
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