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Peter K. Swart
Marine Geology and Geophysics
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
University of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami Fl 33149


Peter Swart

305 421 4103
305 421 4632 (FAX)

SIL Miami


Research in the Stable Isotope Laboratory at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science centers on the application of stable isotopic tracers to geologic, biologic, and environmental problems. Projects range from paleo-oceanographic studies of climate change in the Holocene to modern-day analyses of pollution impacts on corals and coastal resources of Florida. Faculty, staff, and students are conducting research on a global scale including extensive research in the Florida Everglades and Florida Bay, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic, Africa, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Australia, and Europe. In addition to measuring the stables isotopes of H,C,N, and O we have ICP-OES, XRD, IC, and GC-MS equipment.

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2016 AND 2017 Papers

Isotopic behavior during the aragonite-calcite transition: implications for sample preparation and proxy interpretation

Varying Responses of Twelve Caribbean Coral Species to Climate Change

The abrupt onset of the modern South Asian Monsoon winds

Dolomitization in the Ghawar Field: An Update Based on the Clumped Isotope Technique, Sedimentology (AN EDITORS PICK OF 2016!)

Calcium isotopes in scleractinian fossil corals since the Mesozoic: implications for vital effects and biomineralization through time

Determining the Δ47 acid fractionation for dolomites

Multi -proxy evidence of millennial scale climate variability from multiple Bahamian speleothems,

Evaluating Formation Fluid Models and Calibrations Using Clumped Isotope Paleothermometry on Bahamian Dolomites, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta,

Mehterian, S., Pourmand, A., Sharifi, A., Lahijani, H.A.K., Naderi, M., Swart, P.K., Speleothem Records of Glacial/Interglacial Climate from Iran Forewarn of Future Water Availability in the Interior of the Middle East, Quaternary Sci. Rev.

Papers In Press

  1. Mueller, P., Staudigel, P.T., Muarry, S.T., Vernet, R., Barusseau, J-P., Westphal, H., Swart, P.K., Prehistoric cooking versus paleoenvironmental proxies in shell midden constituents. Nature Communications.
  2. Diaz, M., Eberli, G.P., Blackwelder, P., Philips, B., Swart, P.K., Microbes, Ooids and Implications, Geology
  3. David T. Ho, Sara Ferrón, Victor C. Engel, William T. Anderson, Peter K. Swart, René M. Price, and Leticia Barbero, Dissolved carbon biogeochemistry and export in mangrove-dominated rivers of the Florida Everglades, Biogeosciences

Papers Submitted

  1. Jacqueline Dixon, Ilya Bindeman, Richard Kingsley, Kyla Simons, Petrus LeRoux , Tina Rau, Hajewski, Peter Swart, Charles Langmuir, Jeffrey Ryan, Kristina Walowski Ikuko Wada, Paul Wallace, Light Stable Isotopic Compositions of Enriched Mantle Sources: Resolving the Dehydration Paradox, GGG
  2. Giri, S., Swart, P.K. and Devlin, Q. The effect of changing seawater Ca and Mg concentrations upon the distribution coefficients of Mg and Sr in the skeletons of the scleractinian coral Pocillopora damicornis, GCA
  3. Staudigel, P.T., Frank, T.D., Dunham, D.P., Fielding, C.R. and Swart, P.K. Cryogenic brine as a diagenetic fluid: reconstructing the cementation history of sediments in the Victoria Land Basin of Antarctica using clumped isotope geochemistry, GCA
  4. J.A. Higgins, C. L. Blättler, E. A. Lundstrom, D. Santiago-Ramos, A. Akhtar, A.S. Curger-Ahm, O. Bialik, C. Holmden, A.V. Turchyn, and P. K. Swart, Mineralogy, early marine diagenesis, and the chemistry of shallow water carbonate sediments, GCA
  5. Waite, A., Swart, P.K. Rosenheim, B., and A. Rosenberg, Re-evaluating Sr/Ca-derived records of post-industrial era warming from the sclerosponge Ceratoporella nicholsoni, Chemical Geology

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