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"Peer-reviewed publications" Papers and Publications


Wilcox, C., B. D. Hardesty, K. L. Law*, 2019. Abundance of floating plastic particles is increasing in the western North Atlantic Ocean. Environ. Sci. Technol. 54, 790-796. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.9b04812

Research themes and publication type: Research at SEA, Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Peer-reviewed publications


Maximenko, N., P. Corradi, K. L. Law*, E. van Sebille, S. Garaba, R. S. Lampitt, F. Galgani, V. Martinez-Vicente, et al. (62 authors), 2019. Toward the integrated marine debris observing system. Front. Mar. Sci. 6, 447. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00447

Research themes and publication type: Research at SEA, Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Peer-reviewed publications


Harden, B.E.*, G. G. Gawarkiewicz, M. Infante, 2020. Trends in physical properties at the southern New England shelfbreak. J. Geophys. Res. e2019JC015784. doi: 10.1029/2019JC015784

Research themes and publication type: Research at SEA, Climate Change, Field Oceanography, Ocean circulation, Nutrients and seawater chemistry, Peer-reviewed publications


Pieper, C., L. Amaral-Zettler, K. L. Law*, C. Loureiro and A. Martins, 2019. Application of matrix scoring techniques to evaluate marine debris sources in the remote islands of the Azores Archipelago. Env. Poll. 249, 666-675. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2019.03.084

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Peer-reviewed publications


Green, H., S. Fuller*, A. Meyer*, P. Joyce*, C. Aeppli, R. Nelson, R. Swarthout, D. Valentine, H. White and C. Reddy, 2018. Pelagic tar balls collected in the North Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea from 1988 to 2016 have natural and anthropogenic origins. Mar. Poll. Bull. 137, 352-259. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.10.030

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Tar pollution, Peer-reviewed publications


Irwin, E., P. Culligan, M. Fischer-Kowalski, K. L. Law*, R. Murtugudde and S. Pfirman, 2018. Bridging barriers to advance global sustainability. Nature Sustainability 1, 324-326. doi: 10.1038/s41893-018-0085-1

Research themes and publication type: Environmental Sustainability and Policy, Peer-reviewed publications


Koelmans, A., M. Kooi, K. L. Law*, and E. van Sebille, 2017. All is not lost: Deriving a top-down mass budget of plastic at sea. Env. Res. Lett. 12, 114028. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa9500

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Peer-reviewed publications


Håvik, L., K. Våge, R. Pickart, B. Harden*, W.-J. von Appen, S. Jónsson and S. Østerhus, 2017. Structure and variability of the shelfbreak East Greenland Current north of Denmark Strait.  J. Phys. Oceanogr.  47, 2631-2646. doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-17-0062.1

Research themes and publication type: Field Oceanography, Ocean circulation, Peer-reviewed publications


Geyer, R., J. Jambeck and K.L. Law*, 2017. Production, use and fate of all plastics ever made. Science Advances 3, e1700782. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1700782

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Peer-reviewed publications


Behrens, E., K. Våge, B. Harden*, A. Biastoch and C. Böning, 2017. Composition and variability of the Denmark Strait Overflow Water in a high-resolution numerical model hindcast simulation. J. Geophys. Res.-Oceans 122. doi: 10.1002/2016JC012158

Research themes and publication type: Field Oceanography, Ocean circulation, Peer-reviewed publications


Whittaker, K.* and T. Rynearson, 2017. Evidence for environmental and ecological selection in a microbe with no geographic limits to gene flow. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 114, 2651-2656. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1612346114

Research themes and publication type: Marine Biodiversity, Microbial communities, Peer-reviewed publications


Amaral-Zettler, L., N. Dragone^, J. Schell*, B. Slikas, L. Murphy, C. Morrall and E. Zettler*, 2017. Comparative mitochondrial and chloroplast genomics of a genetically distinct form of Sargassum contributing to recent 'Golden Tides' in the Western Atlantic. Ecol. Evol. 7, 516-525. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2630

Research themes and publication type: Marine Biodiversity, Sargassum, Peer-reviewed publications


Law, K.L*, 2017. Plastics in the Marine Environment. Annu. Rev. Mar. Sci. 9, 205-229. doi: 10.1146/annurev-marine-010816-060409

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Peer-reviewed publications


de Steur, L. , R. Pickart, A. Macrander, K. Våge, B. Harden*, S. Jónsson, S. Østerhus, and H. Valdimarsson, 2017. Liquid freshwater transport estimates from the East Greenland Current based on continuous measurements north of Denmark Strait. J. Geophys. Res.-Oceans 122, 93-109. doi: 10.1002/2016JC012106

Research themes and publication type: Field Oceanography, Ocean circulation, Peer-reviewed publications


Pfaller, J. and M. Gil^, 2016. Sea turtle symbiosis facilitates social monogamy in oceanic crabs via refuge size. Biol. Lett. 12, 20160607. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0607

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Peer-reviewed publications


Hu, C., B. Murch, B. Barnes, M. Wang, J, Marechal, J. Franks, D. Johnson, B. LaPointe, D. Goodwin*, J. Schell* and A. Siuda*, 2016. Sargassum watch warns of incoming seaweed. EOS 97. doi: 10.1029/2016EO058355

Research themes and publication type: Sargassum Ecosystem, Inundation events, Peer-reviewed publications


Harden, B.* R. Pickart, H. Valdimarsson, K. Våge, L. de Steur, C. Richards, F. Bahr, D. Torres, E. Børve, S. Jónsson, A. Macrander, S. Østerhus, L. Håvik, and T. Hatterman, 2016. Upstream sources of the Denmark Strait Overflow: Observations from a high-resolution mooring array. Deep Sea Res. Pt. 1 112, 94-112. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2016.02.007

Research themes and publication type: Field Oceanography, Ocean circulation, Peer-reviewed publications


Kukulka, T., K. L. Law* and G. Proskurowski, 2016. Evidence for the influence of surface heat fluxes on turbulent mixing of microplastic marine debris. J. Phys. Ocean. 46, 809-815. doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-15-0242.1

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Vertical Mixing of Floating Microplastics, Peer-reviewed publications


Palter, J., C.-A. Caron, K. L. Law*, J. Willis, D. Trossman, I. Yashayaev and D. Gilbert, 2016. Variability of the directly-observed, mid-depth subpolar North Atlantic circulation. Geophys. Res. Lett. 43, 2700-2708. doi: 10.1002/2015GL067235

Research themes and publication type: Field Oceanography, Ocean circulation, Peer-reviewed publications


Gil, M.^ and J. Pfaller, 2016. Oceanic barnacles act as foundation species on plastic debris: implications for marine dispersal. Sci. Rep. 6, 19987. doi: 10.1038/srep19987

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Peer-reviewed publications


Schell J.*, D. Goodwin*, and A. Siuda*. 2015. Recent Sargassum inundation events in the Caribbean - Shipboard observations establish baseline and reveal dominance of a previously rare form. Oceanography 28, 8-10. doi: 10.5670/oceanog.2015.70

Research themes and publication type: Sargassum Ecosystem, Inundation events, Peer-reviewed publications


Van Sebille, E., C. Wilcox, L. Lebreton, N. Maximenko, B. Hardesty, J. van Franeker, M. Eriksen, D. Siegel, F. Galgani and K. L. Law*, 2015. A global inventory of small floating plastic debris. Env. Res. Lett. 10, 124006. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/12/124006

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Peer-reviewed publications


Amaral-Zettler, L., E. Zettler*, B. Slikas, G. Boyd, D. Melvin^, C. Morrall, G. Proskurowski and T. Mincer, 2015. The biogeography of the 'Plastisphere:' implications for policy.  Front. Ecol. Environ.  13, doi: 10.1890/150017

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, The Plastisphere: Microbial communities on plastic debris, Peer-reviewed publications


Brunner, K., T. Kukulka, G. Proskurowski and K. L. Law*, 2015. Passive buoyant tracers in the ocean surface boundary layer: 2. Observations and simulations of microplastic marine debris. J. Geophys. Res.-Oceans 120, 7559-7573. doi: 10.1002/2015JC010840

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Peer-reviewed publications


Deary, A., S. Moret-Ferguson*, M. Engels*, E. Zettler*, G. Jaroslow* and G. Sancho, 2015. Influence of central Pacific oceanographic conditions on the potential vertical habitat of four tropical tuna species.  Pacific Science , 69, 461-475. doi: 10.2984/69.4.3

Research themes and publication type: Climate Change, El Nino-Southern Oscillation, Peer-reviewed publications


Law, K. L.* and R. Thompson, 2014. Microplastics in the seas. Science 345, 144-145. doi: 10.1126/science.1254065

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Peer-reviewed publications


Van Franeker, J. and K. L. Law*, 2015. Seabirds, gyres and global trends in plastic pollution. Environ. Poll. 203, 89-96. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2015.02.034

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Peer-reviewed publications


Jambeck, J., R. Geyer, C. Wilcox, T. Siegler, M. Perryman, A. Andrady, R. Narayan, and K. L. Law*, 2015. Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean. Science 347, 768-771. doi: 10.1126/science.1260352

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Peer-reviewed publications


Schmidt, V. , J. Reveillaud, E. Zettler*, T. Mincer, L. Murphy and L. Amaral-Zettler, 2014. Oligotyping reveals community level habitat selection within the genus Vibrio. Front. Microbiol. 5, 563. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00563

Research themes and publication type: Marine Biodiversity, Microbial communities, Peer-reviewed publications


Sehein, T.^, A. Siuda*, T. Shank and A. Govindarajan, 2014. Connectivity in the slender Sargassum shrimp (Latreutes fucorum): implications for a Sargasso Sea protected area. J. Plankton Res. 36, 1408-1412. doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbu081

Research themes and publication type: Marine Biodiversity, The Sargassum community, Peer-reviewed publications


Law, K. L.*, S. Moret-Ferguson^, D. Goodwin*, E. Zettler*, E. DeForce, T. Kukulka, and G. Proskurowski, 2014. Distribution of surface plastic debris in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean from an 11-year data set. Env. Sci. Technol. 48, 4732-4738. doi: 10.1021/es4053076

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Peer-reviewed publications


Engels, M.*, L. Correia^, S. Piwinski^, L. Cheng, and E. Zettler*, 2014. Seasonal and decadal changes in distribution patterns of Halobates (Hemiptera: Gerridae) populations in the eastern tropical Pacific. Mar. Biol. 161, 1241-1250. doi: 10.1007/s00227-014-2414-x

Research themes and publication type: Field Oceanography, Zooplankton and other organisms, Peer-reviewed publications


Peters, A. and A. Siuda*, 2014. A review of observations of floating tar in the Sargasso Sea. Oceanography 27, 217-221. doi: 10.5670/oceanog.2014.25

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Tar pollution, Peer-reviewed publications


Goldstein M. and D. Goodwin*, 2013. Gooseneck barnacles (Lepas spp.) ingest microplastic debris in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. PeerJ doi: 10.7717/peerj.184

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic ingestion, Peer-reviewed publications


Matthews, J.^ and J. Matthews, 2013. Comparing historical and modern methods of sea surface temperature measurement - Part 2: Field comparison in the central tropical Pacific. Ocean Sci. Discuss. 9, 2975-3019. doi: 10.5194/os-9-695-2013

Research themes and publication type: Field Oceanography, Peer-reviewed publications


Matthews, J.^, 2013. Comparing historical and modern methods of sea surface temperature measurement - Part 1: Review of methods, field comparisons and dataset adjustments. Ocean Sci. Discuss. 9, 2951-2974. doi: 10.5194/os-9-683-2013

Research themes and publication type: Field Oceanography, Peer-reviewed publications


Zettler, E.*, T. Mincer and L. Amaral-Zettler, 2013. Life in the 'Plastisphere': microbial communities on plastic marine debris. Env. Sci. Technol. 47, 7137-7146. doi: 10.1021/es401288x

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, The Plastisphere: Microbial communities on plastic debris, Peer-reviewed publications


Leichter, J., M. Stokes, J. Hench, J. Witting* and L. Washburn, 2012. The island-scale internal wave climate of Moorea, French Polynesia. J. Geophys. Res. 117, C06008. doi: 10.1029/2012JC007949

Research themes and publication type: Field Oceanography, Ocean circulation, Peer-reviewed publications


Kukulka, T., G. Proskurowski, S. Moret-Ferguson^, D. Meyer^ and K. L. Law*, 2012. The effects of wind mixing on the vertical distribution of buoyant plastic debris. Geophys. Res. Lett. 39, L07601. doi: 10.1029/2012GL051116

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Vertical Mixing of Floating Microplastics, Peer-reviewed publications


McCliment, E., C. Nelson, C. Carlson, A. Alldredge, J. Witting* and L. Amaral-Zettler, 2012. An all-taxon microbial inventory of the Moorea coral reef ecosystem. ISME Journal 6, 309-319. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2011.108

Research themes and publication type: Marine Biodiversity, Microbial communities, Peer-reviewed publications


Hirai H., H. Takada, Y. Ogata, R. Yamashita, K. Mizukawa, M. Saha, C. Kwan, C. Moore, H. Gray, D. Laursen, E. Zettler*, J. Farrington, C. Reddy, E. Peacock and M. Ward, 2011. Organic micropollutants in marine plastics debris from the open ocean and remote and urban beaches. Mar. Poll. Bull. 62, 1683-1692. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.06.004

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Peer-reviewed publications


Moret-Ferguson, S.^, K. L. Law*, G. Proskurowski*, E. Murphy, E. Peacock and C. Reddy, 2010. The size, mass, and composition of plastic debris in the western North Atlantic Ocean. Mar. Poll. Bull. 60, 1873-1878. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2010.07.020

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Peer-reviewed publications


Law, K. L.*, S. Moret-Ferguson^, N. Maximenko, G. Proskurowski*, E. Peacock, J. Hafner and C. Reddy, 2010. Plastic accumulation in the North Atlantic subtropical gyre. Science 329, 1185-1188. doi: 10.1126/science.1192321

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Peer-reviewed publications


Stevenson, C.^, L. Katz^, F. Micheli, B. Block, K. Heiman, C. Perle, K. Wang^, R. Dunbar, and J. Witting*, 2006. High apex predator biomass on remote Pacific islands. Coral Reefs 26, 47-51. doi: 10.1007/s00338-006-0158-x

Research themes and publication type: Field Oceanography, Zooplankton and other organisms, Peer-reviewed publications


Joyce, P.*, 1998. Floating tar in the western North Atlantic and Caribbean Sea, 1982-1996. Mar. Poll. Bull. 36, 167-171. doi: 10.1016/S0025-326X(97)87422-X

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Tar pollution, Peer-reviewed publications


Stoner*, A. W., and S. E. Humphris*, 1985. Abundance and distribution of Halobates micans (Insecta: Geridae) in the northwest Atlantic. Deep Sea Res. Pt. A 32, 733-739. doi: 10.1016/0198-0149(85)90076-7

Research themes and publication type: Field Oceanography, Zooplankton and other organisms, Peer-reviewed publications


Stoner*, A. and H. Greening, 1984. Geographic variation in the macrofaunal associates of pelagic Sargassum. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 20, 185-192. doi: 10.3354/meps020185

Research themes and publication type: Sargassum Ecosystem, Community of organisms, Peer-reviewed publications


Butler, J. and A. Stoner*, 1984. Pelagic Sargassum: Has its biomass changed in the last 50 years? Deep Sea Res. Pt. A 31, 1259-1264. doi: 10.1016/0198-0149(84)90061-X

Research themes and publication type: Sargassum Ecosystem, Distribution patterns, Peer-reviewed publications


Stoner*, A., 1983. Pelagic Sargassum: Evidence for a major decrease in biomass. Deep Sea Res. Pt. A 30, 469-474. doi: 10.1016/0198-0149(83)90079-1

Research themes and publication type: Sargassum Ecosystem, Distribution patterns, Peer-reviewed publications


* SEA faculty and staff
^ SEA Semester alumnus