Edward A. Boyle

Professor of Ocean Geochemistry

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Marine geochemist studying how oceans absorb and disperse heavy metals and pollutants, and how Earth’s climate evolves over time.

Ed Boyle is a marine geochemist involved in the study of the oceanic dispersal of anthropogenic emissions and the evolution of the Earth’s climate. He is interested in the areas of paleoceanography, paleoclimatology, and the chemistry of environmental waters. His research includes climatological studies of past ocean circulation patterns based on the fossil chemistry of oceanic sediments, control of late Pleistocene carbon dioxide pressure by ocean circulation and chemistry, and trace element variability in polar ice cores. He is also investigating the trace element chemistry of rivers and estuaries, and the chemical composition of seawater. In particular, he studies the variability of oceanic trace metals related to atmospheric transport of anthropogenic emissions and natural mineral dust into the ocean and mineral dust, and the transport and fate of pollutant lead and biologically essential iron in the ocean.

Key Awards & Honors

  • 2014 • Urey Medal, European Association of Geosciences
  • 2008 • Member, National Academy of Sciences
  • 2000 • Patterson Medal, Geochemical Society
  • 1999 • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 1994 • Fellow, American Geophysical Union