Dr. Rainer Amon

Dr. Rainer Amon
Professor
Department of Marine Sciences
1001 Texas Clipper Rd
Bld# 3029, Office 351
Galveston, TX, 77554 USA

E-mail: amonr@tamug.edu
Phone: (409) 740-4719
Fax: (409) 740-4429
Website: www.tamug.edu/amon/

Education:

  • Ph.D., Marine Science, University of Texas at Austin, USA, 1995
  • M.S., Zoology/Marine Biology, University of Vienna, Austria, 1990
  • B.S., Biology, University of Vienna, Austria, 1986

Specialty:

  • Organic biogeochemistry;
  • Microbial ecology;
  • Arctic Oceanography.

Research Interests:

  • Biogeochemistry of organic matter in large river. 
  • Dissolved organic matter in the Arctic Ocean. 
  • The role of sea ice formation for the distribution of dissolved materials in the Arctic Ocean. 
  • Water quality issues in the urban watershed of Houston.  
  • The use of autonomous underwater vehicle (Slocum Glider), paired with in situ sensors for coupled physical and biogeochemical studies in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM).

Courses Taught:

  • MARS 440: Introduction to Chemical Oceanography
  • OCNG 420: Introduction to Biological Oceanography
  • MARS 489: Modern Oceanographic Observashional & Analysis methods
  • MARS 481: Marine Sciences Seminar
  • MARS 489/OCNG 685: Special topics in Marine Science/Oceanography

Publications (2012 to present)

Cedric G. Fichot, Ronald Benner, Karl Kaiser, Yuan Shen, Rainer M. W. Amon, Hiroshi Ogawa, Chia-Jung Lu (2015). Predicting dissolved lignin phenol concentrations in the coastal ocean from chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) absorption coefficients. Frontiers in Marine Science, Section Marine Biogeochemistry (in press)

Crespo-Medina, M., C. D. Meile, K. S. Hunter, A.-R. Diercks, V. L. Asper, J. P., Orphan, P. L. Tavormina, L.M. Nigro, L.M., J.J. Battles, J.P. Chanton, A.M. Shiller, D.-J. Joung, R. M. W. Amon, A. Bracco, J. P. Montoya, T. A. Villareal, A. M. Wood, and S. B.Joye (2015). Addendum: The rise and fall of methanotrophy following a deepwater oil-well blowout. Nature Geoscience 8 (6), 490-490

Qu F., C.C. Nunnally, J.R. Lemanski, T.L. Wade, R.M.W. Amon, G.T. Rowe. (2015) Polychaete Annelid (segmented worms) Abundance and Species Composition in the Proximity (6 to 9 km) of the Deep Water Horizon (DWH) Oil Spill in the Deep Gulf of Mexico. Deep Sea Research II, Topical Studies in Oceanography: DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.04.020

Myers-Pigg, A.N., P. Louchouarn, R.M.W. Amon, A. Prokushkin, K. Pierce,and A. Rubtsov (2015), Labile pyrogenicdissolved organic carbon in majorSiberian Arctic rivers: Implications forwildfire-stream metabolic linkages, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, doi:10.1002/2014GL062762

Brinkmeyer, R.L., J.R. Schwarz, R.M.W. Amon, T. Saxton, D. Roberts, S. Harrison, N. Ellis, J. Fox, R. DiGuardi, M. Hochman, S. Duan*, R. Stein, and C. Elliot (2015). Distribution and Persistence of Escherichia coli and Enterococci in Stream Bed and Bank Sediments from two Urban Streams in Houston, TX. Science of the Total Environment 502: 650–658. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.09.071

Benner, R., RMW Amon (2015). The Size-Reactivity Continuum of Major Bioelements in the Ocean. Annu. Rev. Mar. Sci. 2015. 7:185–205. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-marine-010213-135126

*Duan, S., R.M.W. Amon, R. L. Brinkmeyer (2014). Tracing sources of organic matter in adjacent urban streams having different degrees of channel modification. Science of The Total Environment: 485–486: 252–262: DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.03.066

Crespo-Medina, M., C. D. Meile1, K. S. Hunter, A.-R. Diercks, V. L. Asper, J. P., Orphan, P. L. Tavormina, L.M. Nigro, L.M., J.J. Battles, J.P. Chanton, A.M. Shiller, D.-J. Joung, R. M. W. Amon, A. Bracco, J. P. Montoya, T. A. Villareal, A. M. Wood, and S. B.Joye (2014). The rise and fall of methanotrophy following a deepwater oil-well blowout. Nature Geoscience 7, 423–427 doi:10.1038/ngeo2156

*Walker S.A., R.M.W. Amon, C. Stedmon (2013), Variations in high latitude chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM): A comparison of large Arctic Rivers, J. Geophys. Res: Biogeosciences, 118, doi:10.1002/2013JG002320.

Fichot, C. G., K. Kaiser, S. B. Hooker, R. M. W. Amon, M. Babin, S. Bélanger, S. A. Walker*, and Ronald Benner (2013). Pan-Arctic distributions of continental runoff in the Arctic Ocean. Sci. Rep. Scientific Reports 3, Article number: 1053 doi:10.1038/srep01053

Granskog, M.A., C.A. Stedmon, P.A. Dodd, R.M.W. Amon, A.K. Pavlov, L. de Steur, and E. Hansen (2012), Characteristics of colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM) in the Arctic outflow in the Fram Strait: Assessing the changes and fate of terrigenous CDOM in the Arctic Ocean, J. Geophys. Res., 117, C12021, doi:10.1029/2012JC008075

Amon R.M.W, A.J. Rinehart, S. Duan, P. Louchouarn, P. Raymond, R.M. Holmes, J.W. McClelland, BJ Peterson, G. Guggenberger, A. Prokushkin, C. Stedmon, S.A.Walker. (2012). Dissolved organic matter sources in large Arctic rivers. GCA 94: 217-237: doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2012.07.015

 

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