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Marc Alperin

Marc Alperin

Associate Professor
(919) 962-5184
(919) 962-1254
4202B Murray Hall, CB#3300
Curriculum vitae (CV)

Alperin Lab


Ph.D., University of Alaska-Fairbanks, 1988

Areas Of Expertise

Chemical Oceanography – Aquatic Biogeochemical Processes

Research Interests

Dr. Alperin’s work involves the use of stable isotopes as natural tracers of sedimentary processes. He is particularly interested in carbon cycling in coastal sediments and its role in the global carbon budget. Recent projects have included studies of:

  • the biogeochemistry of organic compounds dissolved in sediment pore waters
  • the fate of organic matter deposited on the seafloor
  • anaerobic oxidation of methane in marine sediments
  • the effects of dissolved organic nitrogen and carbon in atmospheric precipitation on coastal ecosystems

These projects are supported by NSF, DOE, the N.C. Water Resources Research Institute, the Carolina Federation of Environmental Programs and a UNC Faculty Development Grant. Dr. Alperin co-leads the CHAOS Biogeochemistry Laboratories.