G. Brooks Avery
G. Brooks Avery
Dr. Avery has a BS in Chemistry from UNCG, a MS in Marine Biology from UNCW and a Ph.D. in Marine Sciences from UNC-Chapel Hill. His research interests include sediment water column and atmospheric biogeochemistry.
Dr Avery is particularly interested in the field aspects of MACRL's environmental research. He is involved in establishing satellite sampling stations as well as coordinating field campaigns.
Atmospheric Sampling From Mountains of North Carolina
MACRL has collected precipitation samples from around the world to better understand fluxes of various atmospheric constituents. The unique variety of geographical settings in North Carolina allows us to study diverse atmospheric settings including the mountains the west, the urban atmosphere in central locations of the state and marine air-masses along the coast.
Appalachian State Collection Site
Collaborators around the world have helped us to collect precipitation for our global atmospheric chemistry studies. A recent collaboration between Dr. Bob Swarthout at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC has allowed us to collect both dry and wet deposition samples for MACRL's current PFAS study funded by the NC Collaboratory.
The RV MACRL provides a platform for our group to collect water and sediment samples in coastal NC. Pictured above, the vessel is loaded with supplies to deliver to our remote sampling location at Bald Head Island.
Transferring MACRL's Research to the Classroom
The research conducted by MACRL has become an integral part of Dr. Avery's Environmental Chemistry course at UNC-Wilmington. MACRL's Long-term atmospheric data provides students with a record of the atmospheric changes that have occurred since the 1980's. Sediment biogeochemical research conducted by our group is used to teach students about the storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide in marine, estuarine and freshwater sediments. Above Dr. Avery explains to his Environmental Chemistry students how various remineralization processes occurring on the Cape Fear river estuary control the relative storage of carbon versus release of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane.