Ellen Druffel, UC Irvine professor of Earth system science, has been elected a fellow of The Oceonography Society for her research advancing the use of radiocarbon measurements in studying the marine carbon cycle.

UC Irvine News Brief: Ellen Druffel

Oceanographer Ellen Druffel inspires a new generation of women scientists

Joint research project furthers understanding of important CO2 reservoir

UCI scientists analyze first direct images of dissolved organic carbon from the ocean

Oceangoing study characterizes dark, sunlight-absorbing compound

UCI sleuths search the seas for soot

Scientists use radiocarbon dating to analyze everything from the world’s oldest shoe to sediment samples that shed light on global climate change.

Time travelers

Just a fraction of the carbon that finds its way into Earth’s oceans–the black soot and charcoal residue of fires–stays there for thousands of years. A first-of-its-kind analysis by UC Irvine, Rice University and the University of Southern California also revealed how some black carbon breaks away and hitches a ride to the ocean floor on passing particles.

On the occasion of the Earth system science department’s 20th anniversary, Chancellor Emeritus Ralph Cicerone says UCI was the first to study human impact on the environment in an interdisciplinary way.

They had the whole world in their hands