Marine Metal Isotope and Trace Element Laboratory

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MarMITE is a research group at the USF College of Marine Science, led by Assistant Professor Tim Conway. With the establishment of a new ISO-6 Clean Laboratory and Tampa Bay Plasma ICPMS Facility (Thermo Element XR and Neptune Plus) at CMS in 2017, we are well equipped to study the isotope geochemistry and biogeochemical cycling of trace-metals and other isotope systems in the ocean, the earth system and other chemical situations, especially the fundamental role of bioactive trace elements in modern and past carbon cycling, and the application of new tracers to understanding the geological past.

Researchers working with Dr. Conway principally employ isotopic techniques including measurement of trace metal (Fe, Zn, Ni, Cd, Cu) isotope ratios by multi-collector ICPMS in a range of materials including aerosol dust, rain, seawater, ice-cores, marine particles and biological materials. We work closely with local, national and international collaborators as part of the International GEOTRACES program, working on seawater and other geochemical samples collected from all over the world. Our current seawater focus is on the South Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans, but we have a number of ongoing collaborations in the Antarctic.

MarMITE is looking for a MS/PhD student to begin Spring or Fall 2019! Get in touch, or apply via the CMS website. We are also always very eager for collaboration in a range of marine and geologic fields.

Google Scholar - Publications - Tim Conway CV - @marmite_usf


Video interview with Tim Conway on trace metals, GEOTRACES and current MarMITE projects.


Recent news and group activities and events.


Take a tour of our research laboratories.


Explore the stunning eGEOTRACES Electronic Atlas including sections and videos of our beautiful trace metal data.