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Researcher: Van Der Merwe, P (Mr Pier Van Der Merwe)

Fields of Research

Chemical Oceanography
Biological Oceanography
Ecosystem Function
Environmental Chemistry (incl. Atmospheric Chemistry)
Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Oceanography
Atmospheric Aerosols
Analytical Spectrometry
Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Glaciology

Research Objectives

Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Marine Environments
Environment
Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Oceanography
Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments (excl. Social Impacts)
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments
Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Marine Oceanic Processes (excl. climate related)
Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
Atmospheric Composition (incl. Greenhouse Gas Inventory)
Expanding Knowledge in the Mathematical Sciences
Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability

Career Best Publications

Biogeochemical observations during the winter-spring transition in East Antarctic sea ice: Evidence of iron and exopolysaccharide controls; Marine Chemistry: An International Journal for Studies of All Chemical Aspects of The Marine Environment
Distribution of dissolved and particulate metals in Antarctic sea ice; Marine Chemistry: An International Journal for Studies of All Chemical Aspects of The Marine Environment
Role of sea ice in global biogeochemical cycles: emerging views and challenges; Quaternary Science Reviews: International Multidisciplinary Review and Research Journal
Sourcing the iron in the naturally fertilised bloom around the Kerguelen Plateau: particulate trace metal dynamics; Biogeosciences
Southern Ocean iron fertilization by baleen whales and Antarctic krill; Fish and Fisheries

Research Publications

Advances in the offline trace metal extraction of Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Cd, and Pb from open ocean seawater samples with determination by sector field ICP-MS analysis; Analytical Methods
Analysis of trace metals in open ocean seawater samples using resin extraction methods with SF-ICP-MS detection; PACIFICHEM, 2015 International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies
Biogeochemical observations during the winter-spring transition in East Antarctic sea ice: Evidence of iron and exopolysaccharide controls; Marine Chemistry: An International Journal for Studies of All Chemical Aspects of The Marine Environment
Carbon export in the naturally iron-fertilized Kerguelen area of the Southern Ocean based on the 234Th approach; Biogeosciences
Chlorophyll a in Antarctic sea ice from historical ice core data; Geophysical Research Letters
Detection, dispersal and biogeochemical contribution of hydrothermal iron in the ocean; Marine and Freshwater Research
Dissolved and Particulate Metals Distribution in Antarctic Sea Ice and their Role in Tracing Iron Sources; AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting 2010
Dissolved and particulate trace metals in the vicinity of the Kerguelen Islands, Southern Ocean, during the KEOPS2 experiment; ASLO 2013 Aquatic Sciences Meeting
Dissolved iron and iron(II) distributions beneath the pack ice in the East Antarctic (120 °E) during the winter/spring transition; Deep-Sea Research: Part II
Distribution of dissolved and particulate metals in Antarctic sea ice; Marine Chemistry: An International Journal for Studies of All Chemical Aspects of The Marine Environment
Distribution of dissolved iron in Antarctic sea ice: Spatial, seasonal, and inter-annual variability; Journal of Geophysical Research
Fractional iron solubility of atmospheric iron inputs to the Southern Ocean; Marine Chemistry
High temporal resolution observations of spring fast ice melt and seawater iron enrichment in East Antarctica; Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics
High variability in dissolved iron concentrations in the vicinity of the Kerguelen Islands (Southern Ocean); Biogeosciences
Impact of the natural Fe-fertilization on the magnitude, stoichiometry and efficiency of particulate biogenic silica, nitrogen and iron export fluxes; Deep-Sea Research. Part 1
Iron biogeochemistry in Antarctic pack ice during SIPEX-2; Deep-Sea Research II
Iron budgets for three distinct biogeochemical sites around the Kerguelen Archipelago (Southern Ocean) during the natural fertilisation study, KEOPS-2; Biogeosciences
Iron fractionation in pack and fast ice in East Antarctica: Temporal decoupling between the release of dissolved and particulate iron during spring melt; Deep-Sea Research. Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Iron in sea ice: review and new insights; Elementa
Iron partitioning in pack and fast ice in East Antarctica: potential for temporal decoupling between the release of dissolved and particulate iron during spring melt; AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting 2010
Iron Whales
Large flux of iron from the Amery Ice Shelf marine ice to Prydz Bay, East Antarctica; Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Large flux of iron from the Amery Ice Shelf marine ice to Prydz Bay, East Antarctica; Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Modern sampling and analytical methods for the determination of trace elements in marine particulate material using magnetic sector inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry; Analytica Chimica Acta
Modern sampling and analytical methods for the determination of trace elements in marine samples using sector field ICP-MS; 18th RACI Research and Development Topics Conference in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry
Organic ligands control the concentrations of dissolved iron in Antarctic sea ice; Goldschmidt2015
Organic ligands control the concentrations of dissolved iron in Antarctic sea ice; Marine Chemistry
Phytoplankton let us breathe
Preliminary investigation into the stimulation of phytoplankton photophysiology and growth by whale faeces; Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Primary productivity induced by iron and nitrogen in the Tasman Sea: an overview of the PINTS expedition; Marine and Freshwater Research
Role of sea ice in global biogeochemical cycles: emerging views and challenges; Quaternary Science Reviews: International Multidisciplinary Review and Research Journal
Role of sea ice in global biogeochemical cycles: emerging views and challenges; Quaternary Science Reviews
Size fractionation of iron, manganese and aluminium in Antarctic fast ice reveals a lithogenic origin and low iron solubility; Marine Chemistry
Size fractionation of iron, manganese and aluminium in Antarctic fast ice reveals a lithogenic origin and low iron solubility; Ocean Sciences Meeting
Size fractionation of particulate metals during a time series in East Antarctic fast ice; EGU General Assembly
Sourcing the iron in the naturally fertilised bloom around the Kerguelen Plateau: particulate trace metal dynamics; Biogeosciences
Southern Ocean iron fertilization by baleen whales and Antarctic krill; Fish and Fisheries
Suitability of high-volume aerosol samplers for ultra-trace aerosol iron measurements in pristine air masses: blanks, recoveries and bugs; Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussions
The characteristics of dissolved organic matter (DOM) and chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) in Antarctic sea ice; Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Trace metals (Fe, Mn, Co, Cu, Pb, Cd, Ni) analysis in open ocean samples using sector field ICP-MS; 2012APWC - Asia Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry

Research Projects

The Role of Iron as a Micro-Nutrient to the Antarctic Sea-Ice Zone Algal Community ; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)

Research Candidate Supervision

Manganese Distributions in the Southern Ocean and the Co-impact Mn-Fe-Cu on Phytoplankton
The impact of hydrothermal vents on trace metal biogeochemistry in the Southern Ocean. Locate HVs in the Heard Island region, quantify trace metal inputs and determine impacts on surface biological productivity