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Robert Chen



  • Higher Ed: Science 


A.B. Chemistry and Physics, Harvard University, 1986. Ph.D. Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, 1992. Postdoctoral Fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1993. Currently Associate Professor, Environmental, Earth and Ocean Sciences, UMassBoston. 


Organic Geochmistry
Marine Biogeochemistry
Environmental Sciences Education 


Chen, R.F. and Gardner, G.B., 2004. High resolution measurements of chromophoric dissolved organic matter in the Mississippi and Atchafalaya River plume regions. Marine Chemistry, 89: 103-125.

Chen, R.F., Zhang, Y., Vlahos, P., and Rudnick, S.M., 2002. The fluorescence of dissolved organic matter in the Mid-Atlantic Bight. Deep-Sea Research II, 49: 4439-4459.

Wang, X.C, Callahan, J., Altabet, M., and Chen, R.F., 2004. Stable carbon and nitrogen isotopic compositions of high molecular weight dissolved organic matter from four US estuaries. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 68: 2681-2691.

Siegener, R. and Chen, R.F., 2001. Caffeine in Boston Harbor Seawater. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 44: 383-387.

Wang, W.-C., Chen, R.F., Whelan, J., and Eglinton, L., 2001. Contribution of "old" carbon from natural marine seeps to sedimentary and dissolved organic carbon pools in the Gulf of Mexico. Geophysical Research Letters, 28: 3313-3316.