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Pinsonneault, Andrew

SERC Affiliated Research Associate


My research interests focus on both biotic and abiotic regulators of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) cycling across a wide range of tidal and non-tidal wetland types. I have a strong background in enzymology, particularly microbial extracellular hydrolases, wetland soil characterization, spectrophotometric and spectrofluorometric methods, and DOC-mineral sorption. My current research is focused on better understanding organic carbon partitioning between the tidal wetland soil mineral phase, microbial biomass, and the dissolved phase in response to changes in both redox potential and microbial priming by rhizodeposits over time.

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education and training

  • University of Georgia , Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Marine Sciences 2019 -
  • Ph.D. in Physical Geography, McGill University , Geography Department, Thesis Title: Substrate and Enzymatic Controls on Temperate Peatland Carbon Cycling 2011 - 2016
  • M.Sc. in Geography, Urban, and Environmental Studies, Concordia University , Geography Department, Thesis Title: Millennial Scale Impacts of Marine Biogenic Calcification Changes on Ocean Carbon Cycling 2009 - 2011
  • B.S. in Environmental Studies, Concordia University , Geography Department, Honors Thesis Title: Climate Model Reliability in Simulating Enhanced Forest Productivity Resulting From CO2 Fertilization 2006 - 2009
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center , Biogeochemistry and Photobiology, NSF-funded postdoc 2016 - 2019