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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.

Publications

Mengli Chen, Nathalie F Goodkin, Edward A Boyle, Adam D Switzer, Annette Bolton (2016), Lead in the western South China Sea: Evidence of atmospheric deposition and upwelling, Geophysical Research Letters online May 14, doi: 10.1002/2016GL068697

Mengli Chen, Edward A. Boyle, Adam D. Switzer, Chris Gouramanis (2016), A century long sedimentary record of anthropogenic lead (Pb), Pb isotopes and other trace metals in Singapore, (Invited paper), Environmental Pollution, Volume 213, June 2016, Pages 446–459, doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2016.02.040

Boyle, E. A. and Anderson, R. F. and Cutter, G. A. and Fine, R. and Jenkins, W. J. and Saito, M. (2015) Introduction to the US GEOTRACES North Atlantic Transect (GA-03): USGT10 and USGT11 cruises Deep-Sea Research Part Ii-Topical Studies in Oceanography, vol. 116, pp. 1-5, doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.02.031

Chen, M. L. and Lee, J. M. and Nurhati, I. S. and Switzer, A. D. and Boyle, E. A. (2015) Isotopic record of lead in Singapore Straits during the last 50 years: Spatial and temporal variations Marine Chemistry, vol. 168, pp. 49-59, doi: 10.1016/j.marchem.2014.10.007

Fitzsimmons, J. N. and Bundy, R. M. and Al-Subiai, S. N. and Barbeau, K. A. and Boyle, E. A. (2015) The composition of dissolved iron in the dusty surface ocean: An exploration using size-fractionated iron-binding ligands Marine Chemistry, vol. 173, pp. 125-135, doi: 10.1016/j.marchem.2014.09.002

Fitzsimmons, J. N. and Carrasco, G. G. and Wu, J. F. and Roshan, S. and Hatta, M. and Measures, C. I. and Conway, T. M. and John, S. G. and Boyle, E. A. (2015) Partitioning of dissolved iron and iron isotopes into soluble and colloidal phases along the GA03 GEOTRACES North Atlantic Transect Deep-Sea Research Part Ii-Topical Studies in Oceanography, vol. 116, pp. 130-151, doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2014.11.014

Fitzsimmons, J. N. and Hayes, C. T. and Al-Subiai, S. N. and Zhang, R. F. and Morton, P. L. and Weisend, R. E. and Ascani, F. and Boyle, E. A. (2015) Daily to decadal variability of size-fractionated iron and iron-binding ligands at the Hawaii Ocean Time-series Station ALOHA, Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, vol. 171, pp. 303-324, doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2015.08.012

Hayes, C. T. and Fitzsimmons, J. N. and Boyle, E. A. and McGee, D. and Anderson, R. F. and Weisend, R. and Morton, P. L. (2015) Thorium isotopes tracing the iron cycle at the Hawaii Ocean Time-series Station ALOHA Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, vol. 169, pp. 1-16, doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2015.07.019

Jenkins, W. J. and Smethie, W. M. and Boyle, E. A. and Cutter, G. A. (2015) Water mass analysis for the US GEOTRACES (GA03) North Atlantic sections Deep-Sea Research Part Ii-Topical Studies in Oceanography, vol. 116, pp. 6-20, doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2014.11.018

Lee, J. M. and Boyle, E. A. and Gamo, T. and Obata, H. and Norisuye, K. and Echegoyen, Y. (2015) Impact of anthropogenic Pb and ocean circulation on the recent distribution of Pb isotopes in the Indian Ocean Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, vol. 170, pp. 126-144, doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2015.08.013

Mawji, E. and Schlitzer, R. and Dodas, E. M. and Abadie, C., et al. (2015) The GEOTRACES Intermediate Data Product 2014 Marine Chemistry, vol. 177, pp. 1-8, doi: 10.1016/j.marchem.2015.04.005

Noble, A. E. and Echegoyen-Sanz, Y. and Boyle, E. A. and Ohnemus, D. C. and Lam, P. J. and Kayser, R. and Reuer, M. and Wu, J. F. and Smethie, W. (2015) Dynamic variability of dissolved Pb and Pb isotope composition from the US North Atlantic GEOTRACES transect Deep-Sea Research Part Ii-Topical Studies in Oceanography, vol. 116, pp. 208-225, doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2014.11.011

Ratten, J. M. and LaRoche, J. and Desai, D. K. and Shelley, R. U. and Landing, W. M. and Boyle, E. and Cutter, G. A. and Langlois, R. J. (2015) Sources of iron and phosphate affect the distribution of diazotrophs in the North Atlantic Deep-Sea Research Part Ii-Topical Studies in Oceanography, vol. 116, pp. 332-341, doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2014.11.012

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Awards

Urey Medal, European Association of Geosciences (2014) | Member, National Academy of Sciences (2008) | Honorary Fellow, European Union of Geosciences (2003) | Patterson Medal, Geochemical Society (2000) | Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (1999) | Geochemistry Fellow, Geochemical Society and European Association for Geochemistry (1998) | | Huntsman Award, Bedford Institution of Oceanography (1994) | Fellow, American Geophysical Union (1994) | | Guggenheim Fellow (1991-1992) | NATO Postdoctoral Fellow (1976-1977) | National Science Foundation | Graduate Fellow (1971-1975) | | Huntsman Award, Bedford Institution of Oceanography (1994) | Fellow, American Geophysical Union (1994) | | Guggenheim Fellow (1991-1992) | NATO Postdoctoral Fellow (1976-1977) | National Science Foundation | Graduate Fellow (1971-1975)

Contact Information

t: 617 253 3388

e: eaboyle@mit.edu

Office

E25-619

Education

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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