William and Mary

James E. Bauer

Professor of Marine Science

Office: Raleigh 204
Office Phone: 804 684 7136

  • B.A., Boston University,
  • M.S., SUNY, Stony Brook
  • Ph.D., University of Maryland
Research Interests
  • Isotope geochemistry of marine organic matter
  • Marine biogeochemistry
  • Role of bacteria in elemental cycles and food webs
Current Projects
  • Radiocarbon studies of dissolved and particulate organic carbon in the deep open ocean.
  • Transport of dissolved and particulate organic matter to the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by rivers and estuaries.
  • Assessing the role of heterotrophic bacteria in controlling organic matter turnover.
  • Transformation rates and fate of dissolved, colloidal and particulate organic carbon in ocean margins.
Selected Publications

    Bauer, J.E., E.R.M. Druffel, D.M. Wolgast and S. Griffin. 2002. Temporal and spatial variability in sources and cycling of DOC and POC in the northwest Atlantic continental margin. Deep-Sea Research-II 49: 4,387-4,419.

    Bauer, J.E. Carbon isotopic composition of DOM. 2002. In: D.A. Hansell and C.A. Carlson, Eds., “Biogeochemistry of Marine Dissolved Organic Matter”, Elsevier Science Publishers, pp. 405-453.

    Raymond, P.A. and J.E. Bauer. 2001. Riverine export of aged terrestrial organic matter to the North Atlantic Ocean. Nature 409: 497-500.

    Bauer, J.E., E.R.M. Druffel, D.M. Wolgast and S. Griffin. 2001. Cycling of dissolved and particulate organic radiocarbon in the northwest Atlantic continental margin. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 15(3): 615-636.

    Raymond, P.A. and J.E. Bauer. 2001. DOC cycling in a temperate estuary: a mass balance approach using natural 14C and 13C. Limnology and Oceanography 46:655-667.

Courses Taught/Teaching
  • Fundamentals of Marine Science (graduate)
  • Advanced Principles of Chemical Oceanography (graduate)
  • Marine Organic Geochemistry (graduate)
  • Introduction to Oceanography (undergraduate)
  • Biogeochemistry Seminar (graduate)
  • Special Topics (graduate)
  • Marine Microbial Ecology (graduate)
  • Biogeochemistry of Marine Food Webs (graduate)
Faculty/Student Awards
  • 1999. Distinguished Visiting Marine Scientist, University of Georgia, Department of Marine Science, Athens, GA.
  • 1998. Best Paper in Geochemistry. The Geochemical Society, American Chemical Society (for: Eglinton, Benitez-Nelson, McNichol, Bauer and Druffel. 1997. Variability in radiocarbon ages of individual organic compounds from marine sediments. Science 277: 796-799).
  • 1997. Alumni Fellowship Award, for excellence in teaching. Society of the Alumni, College of Wm. & Mary.
  • 1988. NASA Planetary Biology Fellowship, NASA-Ames Research Center, Mtn. View, CA.
  • 1987-89. CBL Fellowship, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland.
  • 1985. Kenneth P. Stoudte Award, for best dissertation in environmental sciences. State University of New York, Stony Brook.
Professional Memberships
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
  • American Society of Microbiology
Collaborative/Interdisciplinary Efforts
  • 2003-present. Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans
  • 2001-2002. Guest Editor, “Carbon Cycling and Biogeochemistry in the Northwest Atlantic Shelf and Slope: Results of the Ocean Margins Program”, Deep-Sea Research-II, Volume 49
  • Oceanographic Cruises - Chief Scientist, co-Chief Scientist, or participant on 22 major oceanographic research cruises.
  • Public Outreach – present frequent (~2 per year) public lectures as part of the VIMS Mini-School of Marine Science in various local communities.
  • 2001. Co-Chair, ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting Special Session, “Carbon Cycling in Margins of Ocean and Large Lake Basins”, Albuquerque.
  • 2000-2001. Guest Co-Editor, Deep-Sea Research II special volume “The Ocean Margins Program – Carbon Cycling in the Northwest Atlantic Continental Shelf and Slope”.
  • 2000-present. Member, Steering Committee, River-Dominated Ocean Margins (RiOMar) Program, NSF.
  • 2000-present. Associate Editor, Marine Chemistry.
  • 1999-2000. Member, Organizing Committee, Ocean Sciences 2000 Meeting, San Antonio.