Associate Professor, Northeastern University



Postdoc: Sasha Wagner 

Graduate Students: Christina Codden (PhD), Kevin Ryan (PhD), Max Liao (UGA Engineering MEng with Coastal Certificate), Nicholas Castellane (Savannah State University Marine Science MSc), Lixin Zhu (Eastern Normal University, China, Chemical Oceanography PhD), Ziming Fang (Xiamen University, China, Chemical Oceanography PhD)

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Stubbins A.  2016.  A carbon for every nitrogen. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 113(39):10736-10738. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Bittar TB, Berger SA, Birsa LM, Walters TL, Thompson ME, Spencer RGM, Mann EL, Stubbins A, Frischer ME, Brandes JA.  2016.  Seasonal dynamics of dissolved, particulate and microbial components of a tidal saltmarsh-dominated estuary under contrasting levels of freshwater discharge. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 182:72-85. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Powers LC, Brandes JA, Miller WL, Stubbins A.  2016.  Using liquid chromatography-isotope ratio mass spectrometry to measure the d13C of dissolved inorganic carbon photochemically produced from dissolved organic carbon. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods. 15:103–115. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Stubbins A, Mann PJ, Powers L, Bittar TB, Dittmar T, McIntyre C, Eglinton TI, Zimov N, Spencer RGM.  2016.  Low photolability of yedoma permafrost dissolved organic carbon. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences.  DOI Google Scholar BibTeXML

Chambers LR, Ingall ED, Saad EM, Longo AF, Takeuchi M, Tang Y, Benitez-Nelson C, Haley ST, Dyhrman ST, Brandes J et al..  2016.  Enhanced Dissolved Organic Matter Recovery from Saltwater Samples with Electrodialysis. Aquatic Geochemistry.  DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Kujawinski EB, Moran M.A., Stubbins A, Fatland R.  2016.  The ocean microbiome: metabolic engine of the marine carbon cycle. Microbe Magazine. 11(6):262-267. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Moran M.A, Kujawinski EB, Stubbins A, Fatland R, Aluwihare LI, Buchan A, Crump BC, Dorrestein PC, Dyhrman ST, Hess NJ et al..  2016.  Deciphering ocean carbon in a changing world. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 113(12):3143-3151. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Cawley KM, Murray AE, Doran PT, Kenig F, Stubbins A, Chen H, Hatcher PG, McKnight DM.  2016.  Characterization of dissolved organic material in the interstitial brine of Lake Vida, Antarctica. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.  DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Wagner S, é R, Cawley K, Dittmar T, Stubbins A.  2015.  Associations Between the Molecular and Optical Properties of Dissolved Organic Matter in the Florida Everglades, a Model Coastal Wetland System. Frontiers in Chemistry. (66). DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Stubbins A, Spencer RGM, Mann PJ, R. Holmes M, McClelland JW, Niggemann J, Dittmar T.  2015.  Utilizing colored dissolved organic matter to derive dissolved black carbon export by arctic rivers. Frontiers in Earth Science. 3. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Hawkes JA, Rossel PE, Stubbins A, Butterfield D, Connelly DP, Achterberg EP, Koschinsky A, Chavagnac érie, Hansen CT, Bach W et al..  2015.  Efficient removal of recalcitrant deep-ocean dissolved organic matter during hydrothermal circulation. Nature Geoscience.  DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Helms JR, Mao J, Chen H, E. Perdue M, Green NW, Hatcher PG, Mopper K, Stubbins A.  2015.  Spectroscopic characterization of oceanic dissolved organic matter isolated by reverse osmosis coupled with electrodialysis. Marine Chemistry.  DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Bittar TB, Vieira AAH, Stubbins A, Mopper K.  2015.  Competition between photochemical and biological degradation of dissolved organic matter from the cyanobacteria Microcystis aeruginosa. Limnology and Oceanography.  DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Bittar TB, Stubbins A, Vieira AAH, Mopper K.  2015.  Characterization and photodegradation of dissolved organic matter (DOM) from a tropical lake and its dominant primary producer, the cyanobacteria Microcystis aeruginosa. Marine Chemistry.  DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Fellman JB, Hood E, Raymond PA, Stubbins A, Spencer RGM.  2015.  Spatial Variation in the Origin of Dissolved Organic Carbon in Snow on the Juneau Icefield, Southeast Alaska. Environmental Science & Technology. 49(19):11492-11499. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Stubbins A, Dittmar T.  2015.  Illuminating the deep: Molecular signatures of photochemical alteration of dissolved organic matter from North Atlantic Deep Water. Marine Chemistry.  DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Spencer RGM, Mann PJ, Dittmar T, Eglinton TI, McIntyre C, R. Holmes M, Zimov N, Stubbins A.  2015.  Detecting the signature of permafrost thaw in Arctic rivers. Geophysical Research Letters.  DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Repeta DJ, Aluwihare L, Carlson C, Liu Z, Nelson C, Stubbins A.  2015.  Introduction to the special issue on the Biogeochemistry of Dissolved Organic Matter. Marine Chemistry. 177:203-204. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Logvinova CL, Frey KE, Mann PJ, Stubbins A, Spencer RGM.  2015.  Assessing the potential impacts of declining arctic sea ice cover on the photochemical degradation of dissolved organic matter in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. :n/a-n/a. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Tait ZS, Thompson M, Stubbins A.  2015.  Chemical Fouling Reduction of a Submersible Steel Spectrophotometer in Estuarine Environments Using a Sacrificial Zinc Anode. Journal of Environment Quality.  DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Rossel PE, Stubbins A, Hach PF, Dittmar T.  2015.  Bioavailability and molecular composition of dissolved organic matter from a diffuse hydrothermal system. Marine Chemistry.  DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Mopper K, Kieber DJ, Stubbins A.  2015.  Marine Photochemistry of Organic Matter: Processes and Impacts. Biogeochemistry of Dissolved Organic Matter.  DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Fellman JB, Hood E, Spencer RGM, Stubbins A, Raymond PA.  2014.  Watershed Glacier Coverage Influences Dissolved Organic Matter Biogeochemistry in Coastal Watersheds of Southeast Alaska.Ecosystems. 17(6):1014-1025. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Van Stan JT, Stubbins A, Bittar T, Reichard JS, Wright KA, Jenkins RB.  2014.  Tillandsia usneoides (L.) L. (Spanish moss) water storage and leachate characteristics from two maritime oak forest settings. Ecohydrology.  DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Spencer RGM, Guo W, Raymond PA, Dittmar T, Hood E, Fellman J, Stubbins A.  2014.  Source and biolability of ancient dissolved organic matter in glacier and lake ecosystems on the Tibetan Plateau. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.  DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Chen H, Stubbins A, E. Perdue M, Green NW, Helms JR, Mopper K, Hatcher PG.  2014.  Ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometric differentiation of dissolved organic matter isolated by coupled reverse osmosis-electrodialysis from various major oceanic water masses. Marine Chemistry. 164:48-59. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Helms JR, Mao J, Stubbins A, Schmidt-Rohr K, Spencer RGM, Hernes PJ, Mopper K.  2014.  Loss of optical and molecular indicators of terrigenous dissolved organic matter during long-term photobleaching. Aquatic Sciences. 76(3):353-373. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Spencer RGM, Vermilyea A, Fellman J, Raymond P, Stubbins A, Scott D, Hood E.  2014.  Seasonal variability of organic matter composition in an Alaskan glacier outflow: insights into glacier carbon sources. Environmental Research Letters. 9(5):055005. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Green NW, E. Perdue M, Aiken GR, Butler KD, Chen H, Dittmar T, Niggemann J, Stubbins A.  2014.  An intercomparison of three methods for the large-scale isolation of oceanic dissolved organic matter. Marine Chemistry. 161:14-19. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Stubbins A, Lapierre J-F, Berggren M, Prairie Y, Dittmar T, del Giorgio P.  2014.  What’s in an EEM? Molecular signatures associated with dissolved organic fluorescence in boreal Canada. Environmental Science & Technology.  DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Dittmar T., Stubbins A..  2014.  Dissolved Organic Matter in Aquatic Systems. Treatise on Geochemistry.  DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Dittmar T., Stubbins A.  2014.  Dissolved Organic Matter in Aquatic Systems. Treatise on geochemistry, ed. H. D. Holland, and K. K. Turekian, 25-156. Oxford: Elsevier. :125-156. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Jaffe R., Ding Y., Niggemann J., Vahatalo A.V, Stubbins A., Spencer R.GM, Campbell J., Dittmar T..  2013.  Global Charcoal Mobilization from Soils via Dissolution and Riverine Transport to the Oceans. Science. 340(6130):345-347. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Helms JR, Stubbins A, E. Perdue M, Green NW, Chen H, Mopper K.  2013.  Photochemical bleaching of oceanic dissolved organic matter and its effect on absorption spectral slope and fluorescence. Marine Chemistry. 155:81-91. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Spencer RGM, Aiken GR, Dornblaser MM, Butler KD, R. Holmes M, Fiske G, Mann PJ, Stubbins A.  2013.  Chromophoric dissolved organic matter export from U.S. rivers. Geophysical Research Letters. 40(8):1575-1579. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Osburn CL, Stedmon CA, Spencer RGM, Stubbins A.  2013.  Emerging Issues Workshop Report: Linking optical and chemical properties of dissolved organic matter in natural waters. Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin. (22):78-82. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Spencer RGM, Gaillardet J, Stubbins A.  2013.  Geochemistry of the Congo River, Estuary and Plume. Biogeochemical Dynamics at Major River-Coastal Interfaces: Linkages with Global Change. :554-583. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Stubbins A, Hood E, Raymond PA, Aiken GR, Sleighter RL, Hernes PJ, Butman D, Hatcher PG, Striegl RG, Schuster P et al..  2012.  Anthropogenic aerosols as a source of ancient dissolved organic matter in glaciers. Nature Geoscience. 5(3):198-201. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Spencer RGM, Hernes PJ, Aufdenkampe AK, Baker A, Gulliver P, Stubbins A, Aiken GR, Dyda RY, Butler KD, Mwamba VL et al..  2012.  An initial investigation into the organic matter biogeochemistry of the Congo River. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 84:614-627. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Stubbins A, Dittmar T.  2012.  Low volume quantification of dissolved organic carbon and dissolved nitrogen. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods. 10:347-352. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Stubbins A, Dittmar T.  2012.  Low volume quantification of dissolved organic carbon and dissolved nitrogen. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods. 10:347-352. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Dittmar T, de Rezende CEduardo, Manecki M, Niggemann J, Ovalle ARamon Coel, Stubbins A, Bernardes MCorrea.  2012.  Continuous flux of dissolved black carbon from a vanished tropical forest biome. Nature Geoscience. 5(9):618-622. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Stubbins A., Law C.S, Uher G., Upstill-Goddard R.C.  2011.  Carbon monoxide apparent quantum yields and photoproduction in the Tyne estuary. Biogeosciences. 8(3):703-713. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Chen H, Stubbins A, Hatcher PG.  2011.  A mini-electrodialysis system for desalting small volume samples for Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry. Limnol. Oceanogr.: Methods. (9):582-592. Google Scholar BibTex XML

Spencer RGM, Hernes PJ, Ruf R, Baker A, Dyda RY, Stubbins A, Six J.  2010.  Temporal controls on dissolved organic matter and lignin biogeochemistry in a pristine tropical river, Democratic Republic of Congo. Journal of Geophysical Research. 115(G3). DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Stubbins A, Spencer RGM, Chen H, Hatcher PG, Mopper K, Hernes PJ, Mwamba VL, Mangangu AM, Wabakanghanzi JN, Six J.  2010.  Illuminated darkness: Molecular signatures of Congo River dissolved organic matter and its photochemical alteration as revealed by ultrahigh precision mass spectrometry. Limnology and Oceanography. 55(4):1467-1477. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Spencer RGM, Stubbins A, Hernes PJ, Baker A, Mopper K, Aufdenkampe AK, Dyda RY, Mwamba VL, Mangangu AM, Wabakanghanzi JN et al..  2009.  Photochemical degradation of dissolved organic matter and dissolved lignin phenols from the Congo River. Journal of Geophysical Research. 114(G3). DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Stubbins A, Hubbard V, Uher G, Law CS, Upstill-Goddard RC, Aiken GR, Mopper K.  2008.  Relating Carbon Monoxide Photoproduction to Dissolved Organic Matter Functionality. Environmental Science & Technology. 42(9):3271-3276. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Helms JR, Stubbins A, Ritchie JD, Minor EC, Kieber DJ, Mopper K.  2008.  Absorption spectral slopes and slope ratios as indicators of molecular weight, source, and photobleaching of chromophoric dissolved organic matter. Limnology and Oceanography. 53(3):955-969. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Minor EC, Dalzell BJ, Stubbins A, Mopper K.  2007.  Evaluating the photoalteration of estuarine dissolved organic matter using direct temperature-resolved mass spectrometry and UV-visible spectroscopy. Aquatic Sciences. 69(4):440-455. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Mopper K, Stubbins A, Ritchie JD, Bialk HM, Hatcher PG.  2007.  Advanced Instrumental Approaches for Characterization of Marine Dissolved Organic Matter: Extraction Techniques, Mass Spectrometry, and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. ChemInform. 38(19). DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Stubbins A, Uher ünther, Law CS, Mopper K, Robinson C, Upstill-Goddard RC.  2006.  Open-ocean carbon monoxide photoproduction. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. 53(14-16):1695-1705. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Stubbins A, Uher ünther, Kitidis V, Law CS, Upstill-Goddard RC, E. Woodward MS.  2006.  The open-ocean source of atmospheric carbon monoxide. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. 53(14-16):1685-1694. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Kitidis V, Stubbins AP, Uher ünther, Goddard RCUpstill, Law CS, E. Woodward MS.  2006.  Variability of chromophoric organic matter in surface waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. 53(14-16):1666-1684. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Research Interests:

Our research centers upon an integral component of the global carbon cycle, dissolved organic carbon (DOC). All forms of life release DOC, sometimes on purpose, sometimes as waste. DOC lost from one organism provides sustenance to others, including microorganisms at the base of aquatic foodwebs that fuel life in our oceans. DOC cycling also redistributes carbon between land, ocean and atmosphere. Rivers carry vast amounts of DOC from land to the ocean where most of the global store of DOC resides. As the ocean DOC pool of carbon is equivalent in magnitude to the CO2 pool in the Earth’s atmosphere small shifts in the size of the oceanic DOC pool influence climate. In addition to its importance as a metabolite and carbon pool, the complexity of DOC makes it incredibly interesting to study. DOC contains thousands, if not millions or trillions, of different molecules. Each derived from a living organism and subsequently altered in the environment. The molecular messages carried within DOC allow a forensic analysis of ecosystem health today and the likely response of ecosystems to local and global change.

Articles Featuring Aron Stubbins

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 9:23am

ASLO Fellows are recognized as having achieved excellence in their contributions to ASLO and the aquatic sciences. The ASLO Fellows program was initiated in 2015 to honor those ASLO members who have consistently volunteered their time and efforts in ASLO’s publications, conferences, and…

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 11:09am

UGA Department of Marine Sciences research adapted for teens

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 2:26pm

Faculty members Mary Ann Moran and Aron Stubbins are first authors of publications that were recognized as top-cited papers in the Limnology and Oceanography 60th Anniversary Special Collection issue.

Monday, March 7, 2016 - 4:05pm

Mary Ann Moran, Patricia Medeiros and Aron Stubbins have an article appearing today in PNAS, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, addressing both the complexities and innovations in the field of dissolved organic material in the world's oceans.  More information on their article…