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Edward A. Boyle

Professor of Ocean Geochemistry, Director of the MIT/WHOI Joint Program

Ed Boyle is a marine geochemist involved in the study of the oceanic dispersal of anthropogenic emissions and the evolution of the Earth’s climate. He is interested in the areas of paleoceanography, paleoclimatology, and the chemistry of environmental waters. His research includes climatological studies of past ocean circulation patterns based on the fossil chemistry of oceanic sediments, control of late Pleistocene carbon dioxide pressure by ocean circulation and chemistry, and trace element variability in polar ice cores. He is also investigating the trace element chemistry of rivers and estuaries, and the chemical composition of seawater. In particular, he studies the variability of oceanic trace metals related to atmospheric transport of anthropogenic emissions and natural mineral dust into the ocean and mineral dust, and the transport and fate of pollutant lead and biologically essential iron in the ocean.


Guggenheim Fellow (1991-1992) | Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (1994) | Geochemistry Fellow, Geochemical Society and European Association for Geochemistry (1998) | Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (1999) | Patterson Medal, Geochemical Society (2000) | National Academy of Sciences (2008) | Urey Medal of the European Association of Geochemistry (2014)

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Ph.D., Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1976
B.A., Chemistry (Highest Honors), University of California, San Diego, 1971

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