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College of Arts and Sciences


Claudia Benitez-Nelson

Title: Senior Associate Dean for College Initiatives and Interdisciplinary Programs
Distinguished Professor
Department: Earth Ocean and Environment
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: Petigru: 803-777-0525; EWS: 803-777-0018
Office: Petigru College, Office 313
EWS, Office 408
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Lab Website
Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson


  • Biogeochemistry & Geochemistry
  • Climate Change
  • Coastal Processes
  • Oceanography
  • Society, Policy & Environment
  • Water Resources & Hydrology


**Davis, AN, *Davis, CV, Thunell, RC, Osborne, EB, Black, DE, Benitez-Nelson, CR (2019) Reconstructing 800 years of Carbonate Ion Concentration in the Cariaco Basin Using the Area-Density of Planktonic Foraminifera Shells, Paleoceanography, doi:10.1029/2019PA003698.

Osborne, EO, Thunell, RC, Gruber, N, Feely, RF, Benitez-Nelson, CR (2019) Climatic Modulation of Anthropogenic Ocean Acidification in the California Current, Nature Geoscience, 13, 43–49 (2020) doi:10.1038/s41561-019-0499-z.

 *Umhau, B, Motta, LC, Benitez-Nelson, CR, Close, HG, Hannides, CC, Popp, BN, Blum, JD, Drazen, J, Grabb, KC (2019) Seasonal and spatial changes in carbon and nitrogen fluxes estimated using 234Th:238U disequilibria in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, Marine Chemistry, 217, 103705.

*Davis, CV, Ontiveros-Cuadras, JF, Benitez-Nelson, CR, Schmittner, A, Tappa, EJ, Osborne, EO. Thunell, RC (2019) Ongoing increase in Eastern Tropical North Pacific denitrification as interpreted through the Santa Barbara Basin sedimentary δ15N record. Paleoceanography, 34: 1554-1567. doi:10.1029/2019PA003578

 *Shi, X., Benitez-Nelson, CR, Cai, P., He, L., Moore, WS (2019) Development of a two-layer transport model in layered muddy - permeable marsh sediments using 224Ra/228Th disequilibrium, Limnology and Oceanography,


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