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College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty and Staff

Claudia Benitez-Nelson

Title: Distinguished Professor
Associate Dean for Instruction, Community Engagement and Research
Department: Earth Ocean and Environment
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: Petigru: 803-777-0525; EWS: 803-777-0018
Office: Petigru College, Office 204
EWS, Office 408
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

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Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson


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


Buesseler, KO, Dai, M, Aoyama, M, Benitez‐Nelson, CR, Charmasson, S, Higley, K, Maderich, V, Masque, P, Morris, PJ, Oughton, D, Smith, J. (2017) Fukushima Daiichi‐derived radionuclides in the Ocean: transport, fate, and impacts, Annual Reviews of Marine Science, 9, 10.1146/annurev-marine-010816-060733.

*Piper, M, Benitez-Nelson, CR, Frey, K, Mills, MM, Pal, S (2016) Dissolved and Particulate Phosphorus Distributions and Elemental Stoichiometry throughout the Chukchi Sea, Deep-Sea Research II, 130, 76-87,

*Puigcorbé, V., Benitez-Nelson, C.R., Masqué, P., Verdeny, E., White, A.E., Popp, B.N., Prahl, F.G., Lam, P.J. (2015) Small particles drive summertime carbon and nutrient export in the Gulf of California and Eastern Tropical North Pacific. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 29, 1309–1332, doi:10.1002/2015GB005134.

Stukel, MR, Benitez-Nelson, CR, Decima, M., Taylor, AG, Buchwald, C, Landry, MR (2015) The biological pump in the Costa Rica Dome: An open ocean upwelling system with high new production and low export. Journal of Plankton Research, first published online November 30, 2015  doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbv097.

Benitez-Nelson, C.R. (2015) Ocean chemistry. The missing link in oceanic phosphorus cycling? Science, 348, 759-760.

*McParland, E., Benitez-Nelson, C.R., Taylor, G.T., Rollings, A., and Lorenzoni, L (2015) Cycling of suspended particulate phosphorus in the redoxcline of the Cariaco Basin.  Marine Chemistry, 176, 64–74, doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2015.07.008.

Pinckney, J.L., Benitez-Nelson, C.R., Thunell, R.C., Muller-Karger, F. Troccoli, L., and Varela, R. (2015) Changes in phytoplankton community structure in the 1 Cariaco Basin from 1995 to 2011 in response to changes in physical forcing.  Deep-Sea Research, 101, 27-37. DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr.2015.03.004

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