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Arne Diercks

Dr. Arne Diercks

Associate Research Professor

Bio

Dr. Diercks' research focuses on the investigation of marine particle dynamics, including their formation, abundance, settling characteristics, distribution and eventual fate. He uses digital imaging technologies and computerized sensors to collect the data needed to explore the particle transport from the shelf to the deep sea. Dr. Diercks has managed the operation of USM’s deep sea Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) for 7 years and explored deep sea habitats in the Hudson Canyon and the northern Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Diercks is a Principal Investigator of the ECOGIG-II (Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf) consortium to study the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the environment. He is the lead PI in a GOMRI funded RFP-VI project to study the fate of the sediments deposited after DwH and their distribution due to seafloor morphology, deep currents, hydrodynamic effects, resuspension and redistribution following initial deposition on the seafloor.

  • PHD - Univ of Southern Mississippi (1995)

Classical Geodesy
Introductory Oceanography
General Geology

  • Vertical Marine Snow Distribution in the Stratified Hypersaline, and Anoxic Orca Basin (Gulf of Mexico), Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 2019
  • Scales of seafloor sediment resuspension in the northern Gulf of Mexico, Elementa Science of the Anthropocene, 2018
  • The ecosystem baseline for particle flux in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 2018
  • Isotopic composition of sinking particles: Oil effects, recovery and baselines in the Gulf of Mexico, 2010-2015, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 2018
  • The ecosystem baseline for particle flux in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 2018
  • Large-scale deposition of weathered oil in the Gulf of Mexico following a deep-water oil spill, Environmental Pollution, 2017
  • Sustained deposition of contaminants from the Deepwater Horizon spill, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2016
  • Enhanced particle fluxes and heterotrophic bacterial activities in Gulf of Mexico bottom waters following storm-induced sediment resuspension, Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 2016
  • Characterization of subsurface polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons at the Deepwater Horizon site, Geophysical Research Letters, 2010
  • In situ settling speeds of marine snow aggregates below the mixed layer: Black Sea and Gulf of Mexico, Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 1997
  • German (Native or Bilingual)
  • English (Native or Bilingual)

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Email
Arne.DiercksFREEMississippi

Phone
228.688.3177

Areas of Expertise

Geology and Geological Oceanpgraphy