Alan Shiller, Ph.D.

Professor, Division of Marine Science

We study dissolved trace elements (e.g., iron, copper, lead) in rivers, estuaries, and the open ocean. We also measure methane, radon, and oxygen isotopes in water. Opportunities are frequently available for students to participate in laboratory and field work.

Selected Publications

(a complete publication list can be found at

Stolpe, B., L. Guo, A.M. Shiller and G.R. Aiken, 2013. Abundance, size distributions and trace-element binding of organic and iron-rich nanocolloids in Alaskan rivers, as revealed by field-flow fractionation and ICP-MS. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 105, 221-239. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2012.11.018.

Shiller, A.M. and DJ. Joung, 2012. Nutrient depletion as a proxy for microbial growth in Deepwater Horizon subsurface oil/gas plumes. Environmental Research Letters 7: 045301, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/7/4/045301.

Shim, M.-J., P.S. Swarzenski, and A.M. Shiller, 2012. Dissolved and Colloidal Trace Elements in the Mississippi River Delta Outflow after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Continental Shelf Research 42: 1-9, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2012.03.007.

Shiller, A.M., 2010 Dissolved Rare Earth Elements in a Seasonally Snow-covered, Alpine/Subalpine Watershed, Loch Vale, Colorado. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 74: 2040-2052. DOI:10.1016/j.gca.2010.01.019.

Shiller, A.M and G.R. Bairamadgi., 2006. Dissolved Gallium in the Northwest Pacific and the South and Central Atlantic Oceans: Implications for Aeolian Fe Input and a Reconsideration of Profiles. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 7, Q08M09, doi:10.1029/2005GC001118.

Yuan, J. and A.M. Shiller., 2005. The distribution of hydrogen peroxide in the Northwest Pacific Ocean. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 6: doi:10.1029/2004GC000908.