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Sikes, Elisabeth
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Sikes, Elisabeth
Associate Professor

Phone: 732-932-6555, ext. 518

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990

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Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Paloeceanography, Marine Organic Geochemistry.
Teaching Areas
Paleoceanography and Organic Geochemistry.
Memberships and Professional Service
American Geophysical Union; Geological Society of America; Assistant Editor Paleoceanography.
Sikes, Elisabeth
Liz snorkeling in Saddleback Cay, 1983
Grants, Honors, and Awards
National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Fellow, 2004; American Geophysical Union Editors' Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, Paleoceanography, 1997; Australian Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1991; NSF Graduate Fellowship: Honorable Mention, 1983.
Academic Interests and Plans
My general research area is paleoceanography. Within this broader field, I employ isotopic (d13C, d18O, and 14C) and organic (biomarker, Uk37) geochemical techniques to the questions of sea surface temperature and global circulation change. My studies on deep-water ventilation, employing isotopic tools (primarily radiocarbon) are elucidating Southern Ocean influence on carbon cycling during climate driven circulation changes in the past. These concordant studies investigate the interplay between ocean circulation and glacial/interglacial regimes. The unifying theme in my work is carbon cycling. These paleoclimate studies are complimented by work on sediment trap and coastal studies investigating sources, pathways, and sinks of both terrestrial and marine carbon in modern environments. Presently I am implementing work to further integrate my biomarker and isotopic studies by employing compound-specific stable and radiocarbon isotopic studies to improve the assessment of carbon partitioning (marine, terrestrial, organic inorganic) and the influences of climate change on carbon pathways over multi-million, millennial, and decadal time scales.