Marine Science

Marine Science

Joel B. Thompson

Professor of Marine Science and Geosciences

Joel ThompsonMarine Geochemistry
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1989

Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory
727-864-8991 (Office)
727-864-7964 (Fax)
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My research areas include geomicrobiology, biogeochemistry, biogenic mineralization, sediment diagenesis, microbialites, and chemical and geological oceanography. My current research focuses on the role of bacteria in precipitating carbonate minerals in aquatic environments, marine and freshwater microbialites, and whiting events.

Courses offered

Introduction to Marine Science, Marine Invertebrate Paleontology, Marine Geochemistry, Earth System History, Earth Science

Selected Publications

Thompson, J.B., 2000, Microbial Whitings, Chapter In: Microbial Sediments, Riding, R., and Awramik, S., (eds.), Springer, p. 250-260.

Ferris, F.G.,Thompson, J.B., and Beveridge, T.J., 1997, Modern freshwater microbialites from Kelly Lake, British Columbia, Canada: PALAIOS, v. 12, p.213-219.

Thompson, J.B., Schultze-Lam, S., Beveridge, T.J., and Des Marais, D.J., 1997, Whiting events: Biogenic origin due to the photosynthetic activity of cyanobacterial picoplankton: Limnology and Oceanography, v.42, p.133-141.

Beveridge, T.J., Schultze-Lam, S., and Thompson, J.B.,1995, Detection of anionic sites on bacterial walls, their ability to bind toxic heavy metals and form sedimentable flocs and their contribution to mineralization in natural freshwater environments. In: Metal Speciation and Contaminationof Soil, Allen, H.E., Huang, C.P., Bailey, G.W., and Bowers, A.R. (eds.), Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton.

Thompson, J.B., and Beveridge, T.J., 1993, Interactions of metal ions with bacterial surfaces and the ensuing development of minerals. In:Particulate Matter and Aquatic Contaminants, Rao, S.S. (ed.), Lewis Publishers, Chelsea, Michigan.

Schultze-Lam, S., Thompson, J.B., and Beveridge, T.J., 1993, Metal ion immobilization by bacterial surfaces in freshwater environments: Water Pollution Research Journal of Canada, v. 28, p. 51-81.

Brooke, J.S., Thompson, J.B., Beveridge, T.J., and Koval, S.F., 1992, Frequency and structure of spinae on Chlorobium Spp.: Archives of Microbiology, v. 157, p. 319-322.

Thompson, J.B., and Ferris, F.G., 1990, Cyanobacterial precipitation of gypsum, calcite, and magnesite from natural lake water: Geology, v. 18, p.995-998.

Student Research

Given the close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and subtropical climate, the Tampa Bay region has a high concentration of marine research and academic institutions. Because of many local connections in the Tampa Bay area, a large number of opportunities are available to our students through government and private marine agencies and laboratories, public aquaria, marine conservation institutions, environmental consulting firms, and commercial aquaculture firms.

$1Mil Renovation Project

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The National Science Foundation awarded Eckerd College $870,720 to renovate research spaces within the Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory during the summer of 2011. Eckerd contributions to the project bring the total renovation budget to over $1 million. Learn more.