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Arne Diercks

Dr. Arne Diercks

Associate Research Professor


My research focuses on the investigation of marine particle dynamics, including their formation, abundance, settling characteristics, distribution and eventual fate. I employ digital imaging technologies and computerized sensors to collect the data needed to explore the particle transport from the shelf to the deep sea. As coPI in the ECOGIG-II consortium and the Lead PI in the
GOMRI funded RFP-VI project REDIRECT I study the fate of oiled marine snow in the aftermath of the DwH incident.
I have managed the operation of USM’s deep sea Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) for 7 years and explored with them deep sea habitats in the Hudson Canyon and the northern Gulf of Mexico.Check out my Research and Google Scholar pages for more information.

  • PHD - University 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
  • High-resolution seismo-acoustic characterization of Green Canyon 600, a perennial hydrocarbon seep in Gulf of Mexico deep water, Marine Geophysical Research, 2019, 10.1007/s11001-018-9374-3
  • 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
  • Inclusive Leadership Certificate
  • Title IX Certificate
  • OPITO Tropical Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (T-HUET) with CA-EBS
  • Preventing Discrimination & Harassment: Employees V2.3
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • Title IX: Preventing Sexual Misconduct for Faculty and Staff – "Responsible Employee" Edition
  • German (Native or Bilingual)
  • English (Native or Bilingual)

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Areas of Expertise

Geology and Geological Oceanography