Clifton Buck


Full Name

Clifton Buck


Postdoctoral associate




Florida State University

Affiliation Type



Tallahassee FL

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Professional Bio

I have been interested in biogeochemical cycling since college when I studied the annual cycle of nutrient dynamics in the Lehigh River. I now concentrate on trace element cycling in the ocean with an emphasis on the atmospheric deposition of crustal and anthropogenic aerosols. This pathway can introduce nutrients and contaminants to the open ocean with important ramifications for the life found there. I have sampled in all of the major ocean basins and continue to puzzle over what factors influence aerosol dissolution processes.

Personal Interests

My Research Interests

(1) The transport of biologically important elements to the oceans and estuaries via aerosols
(2) The processes in the atmosphere controlling aerosol elemental solubility and metal speciation in rainwater and seawater
(3) The fate of aerosol derived trace elements and nutrients in aquatic and marine systems
(4) The distribution of dissolved and particulate trace metals in marine systems

Recent Publications

1) Gallon, C., M. Ranville, C. Conway, W. Landing, C. Buck, P, Morton, A.R. Flegal. Asian Industrial Lead Inputs to the North Pacific Evidenced by Lead Concentrations and Isotopic Compositions in Surface Waters and Aerosols. Env. Sci. Tech., 23, doi:10.1021/es2020428.
2) Buck, C.S., W.M. Landing, J.A. Resing (2010). High Resolution Analysis of Particle Size and Aerosol Fe Solubility on Atlantic Aerosols. Mar. Chem., 120, 14-24, doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2008.11.002
3) Buck, C.S., W.M. Landing, J.A. Resing, C.I. Measures (2010). The Solubility and Deposition of Aerosol Fe and other Trace Elements in the North Atlantic Ocean: Observations from the A16N CLIVAR/CO2 Repeat Hydrography Section. Mar. Chem., 120, 57-70, doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2008.08.003
4) Ranville, M., G. Cutter, C.S. Buck, W.M. Landing, L. Cutter, J. Resing, R.A., Flegal (2010). Aeolian contamination of Se and Ag in the North Pacific from Asian fossil fuel combustion. Env. Sci. & Tech, 44 (5), 1587-1593, doi:10.1021/es902523m.
5) Measures, C.I., W.M. Landing, M.T. Brown, C.S. Buck (2008). A commercially available rosette system for trace metal clean sampling. Limnol. Oceanogr.: Methods 6, 384-394, 2008.
6) Measures, C.I., W.M. Landing, M.T. Brown, C.S. Buck (2008). High resolution Al and Fe data from the Atlantic Ocean CLIVAR-CO2 Repeat Hydrography A16N transect shows extensive linkages between atmospheric dust and upper ocean geochemistry. Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 22, GB1005, doi:10.1029/2007GB003042
7) Buck, C.S., W.M. Landing, J.A. Resing, G.T. Lebon (2006). Aerosol iron and aluminum solubility in the northwest Pacific Ocean: Results from the 2002 IOC Cruise. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst.,7, Q04M07, doi:10.1029/2005GC000977

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