Title and Institution: Research Professor of Geological Oceanography, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Geoff Wheat uses chemical tracers to understand processes that influence the cycle of elements in the oceans. Much of this work focuses on the transport of fluids through the oceanic crust in a range of settings, including hydrothermal systems on mid-ocean ridges and flanks and seepage sites along zones of subduction and in coastal environments. Studies typically include sampling and analyzing fluids and solids, developing transport-reaction models, and relating results to biogeochemical cycles and crustal evolution. Geoff is President of Oceans and Robotics, Inc., a non-profit organization that supports K-6 classroom instructional activities and seafloor science and remotely operated vehicle summer day camps for diverse age groups, including internship opportunities for high school volunteers.