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Aron Stubbins

Associate Professor,  Marine and Environmental Sciences
Jointly Appointed,  Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Associate Professor,  Civil and Environmental Engineering

Contact

Office

  • 110D MU
  • 617.373.5872

Lab

  • 107/108 MU

Research Focus

environmental chemistry; geochemistry; the carbon cycle; freshwater, coastal and ocean biogeochemistry; feedbacks between natural biogeochemical cycles and climate change; permafrost; black carbon; aquatic microplastics

Education

  • PhD, Newcastle University, 2002

Research Overview

environmental chemistry; geochemistry; the carbon cycle; freshwater, coastal and ocean biogeochemistry; feedbacks between natural biogeochemical cycles and climate change; permafrost; black carbon; aquatic microplastics

Selected Research Projects

  • CBET: The Role of Sunlight in Determining the Fate and Microbial Impact of Microplastics in Surface Waters
    • – Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation, Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and
      Transport Systems
  • Constraining the Source of Oceanic Dissolved Black Carbon Using Compound-Specific Stable Carbon Isotopes
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Linking Microbial Diversity, Gene Expression, and the Transformation of Terrestrial Organic Matter in Major U.S. Rivers
    • – Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation

Selected Publications

  • S. Wagner, J.H. Fair, S. Matt, J. Hosen, P. Raymond, J. Saiers, J. Shanley, T. Dittmar, A. Stubbins, Molecular Hysteresis: Hydrologically‐Driven Changes in Riverine Dissolved Organic Matter Chemistry during a Storm Event, Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 124(4), 2019, 759-774
  • M. Jennings, H. Abdulla, A. Stubbins, L. Sun, R. Wang, K. Mopper, A Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) Analyzer Capable of Detecting Sub‐μM DOC Differences in Natural Fresh Waters: A Proof of Concept Study, Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 16, 2018, 309-321
  • S. Wagner, R. Jaffé, A. Stubbins, Dissolved Black Carbon in Aquatic Ecosystems, Limnology and Oceanography Letters, 3, 2018, 168-185
  • J.T. Van Stan, A. Stubbins, Tree‐DOM: Dissolved Organic Matter in throughfall and Stemflow, Limnology and Oceanography Letters, 3, 2018, 199-214

Faculty

Dec 02, 2019

Investigating the Source of Oceanic Black Carbon

COS/CEE Associate Professor Aron Stubbins is investigating the source of the black carbon located at the bottom of the oceans.

Faculty

Nov 20, 2019

New Research Raises Questions About Global Carbon Cycle

COS/CEE Associate Professor Aron Stubbins’ article on “Isotopic composition of oceanic dissolved black carbon revels non-riverine source” was published in Nature Communications.

Faculty

Jul 30, 2019

Investigating if Sunlight Degrades Microplastics

COS/CEE Associate Professor Aron Stubbins, in collaboration with Kara Lavender Law from the Sea Education Association (SEA), is leading a $420K NSF grant for “The role of sunlight in determining the fate and microbial impact of microplastics in surface waters”.

Graduate

Jun 07, 2019

Abd-Alla Receives Society of Women Engineers Boston Scholarship

BS/MS Environmental Engineering student Areeg Abd-Alla, E’22, received a 2019 Society of Women Engineers Boston Chapter Scholarship, an award given to women studying engineering and engineering technology.

Faculty

Apr 09, 2019

FY20 TIER 1 Award Recipients

25 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY20 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 18 different projects representing up to $900K dollars of investment in research.

Faculty

Mar 29, 2018

Studying How Dissolved Organic Carbon is Effecting Climate Change

COS/CEE Associate Professor Aron Stubbins is studying how carbon moves off the land, such as in frozen permafrost, and into rivers, where it eventually gets converted into carbon dioxide—a greenhouse gas that’s causing global warming.

Faculty

Jan 08, 2018

New Faculty Spotlight: Aron Stubbins

Aron Stubbins joins the Civil and Environmental Engineering department in January 2018 as an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in Marine and Environmental Sciences.

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