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Ronald Benner

Title: Carolina Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department: Earth Ocean and Environment; Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-9561
Office: SUM, Room 346
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment 
Department of Biological Sciences
Ron Benner


  • Biogeochemistry & Geochemistry
  • Climate Change
  • Oceanography


MSCI 102: The Living Ocean (Honors) MSCI 503/BIOL 502: Environmental Microbiology MSCI 753/BIOL 752: Marine Biogeochemistry


Fichot, C. G., R. Benner, K. Kaiser, Y. Shen, R.W.M. Amon, H. Ogawa, and C-J. Lu. 2016.  Predicting dissolved lignin phenol concentrations in the coastal ocean from chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) absorption coefficients. Frontiers Mar. Sci., 3:7. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00007.

Philben, M., S. Ziegler, K. Edwards, R. Kahler III, and R. Benner. 2016. Rates of soil organic nitrogen cycling increase with temperature and precipitation along a boreal forest latitudinal transect. Biogeochem., DOI 10.1007/s10533-016-0187-7

Shen, Y., C. Fichot, S-K. Liang, and R. Benner. 2016. Biological hot spots and the accumulation of dissolved organic matter in a highly productive ocean margin.  Limnol. Oceanogr., 61: 1287-1300, doi: 10.1002/lno.10290

Benner, R., and R. Amon. 2015. The size-reactivity continuum of major bioelements in the ocean. Ann. Rev. Mar. Sci., 7: 185-205.

Lechtenfeld, O. J., N. Hertkorn, Y. Shen, M. Witt, and R. Benner. 2015. Marine sequestration of carbon in bacterial exometabolites. Nature Communications, 6:6711 doi: 10.1038/ncomms7711.

Shen, Y., F. H. Chapelle, E. W. Strom, and R. Benner. 2015. Origins and bioavailability of dissolved organic matter in groundwater. Biogeochemistry 122: 61-78.

Fichot, C., and R. Benner. 2014. The fate of terrigenous dissolved organic carbon in a river-influenced ocean margin.  Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 28, doi:10.1002/2013GB004670.

Philben, M., K. Kaiser, and R. Benner. 2014. Biochemical evidence for minimal vegetation change in peatlands of the West Siberian Lowland during the Medieval Climate Anomaly and Little Ice Age.  J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci., 119, doi:10.1002/2013JG002396.

Fichot, C., S. E. Lohrenz, and R. Benner. 2014. Pulsed, cross-shelf export of terrigenous dissolved organic carbon to the Gulf of Mexico.  J. Geophysical Res.,119, doi: 10.1002/2013JC009424.

Fichot, C. G., K. Kaiser, S. B. Hooker, R. M. W. Amon, M. Babin, S. Bélanger, S. A. Walker, and R. Benner.  2013. Pan-Arctic distributions of continental runoff in the Arctic Ocean. Sci. Rep. 3 (Nature Publ. Group), 1053: DOI:10.1038/srep01053 (2013).

Fichot, C., and R. Benner. 2012. The spectral slope coefficient of chromophoric dissolved organic matter (S275−295) as a tracer of terrigenous dissolved organic carbon in river-influenced ocean margins. Limnol. Oceanogr., 57: 1453-1466.

Shen, Y., C. Fichot, and R. Benner. 2012. Floodplain influences on dissolved organic matter composition and export from the lower Mississippi-Atchafalaya River system to the Gulf of Mexico.  Limnol. Oceanogr., 57: 1149-1160.

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