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Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Gregory A. Cutter

Gregory A. Cutter

Office Phone: (757)683-4929
E-mail: gcutter@odu.edu
Office Location: OCNPS 431
Lab Location: OCNPS 440
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests


Current Projects

  • Processes affecting trace element speciation and distributions in natural waters and sediments

  • Air-sea transport and exchange of gases and trace elements

  • Paleoceanographic tracers

  • Analytical methods for aquatic chemistry

  • Computer modeling of biogeochemical processes

Management and implementation of US GEOTRACES eastern Pacific zonal transect (NSF-funded)

Management and logistics operations for the U.S. GEOTRACES Zonal North Atlantic Survey Section (NSF-funded)

A linked initiative for developing minority doctoral scholars in ocean sciences, Phase 2 (NSF-funded)

GEOTRACES Zonal Atlantic Section: Arsenic and phosphorus biogeochemistry (NSF-funded)

Selenium biogeochemistry in rivers receiving direct fly ash inputs (TVA-funded)

A new approach to quantifying the release of bioactive trace elements from coal combustion products to natural waters (TVA-funded)

Evaluation Of selenium biogeochemistry in the northern reach of San Francisco Bay (Tetra Tech-funded)

Educational Background




Sabbatical Leave, Cox Visiting Professor, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University




Sabbatical Leave, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography




Chemistry, Ph.D.; University of California, Santa Cruz




Chemistry, B.A.; Revelle College, University of California, San Diego


OEAS 610 - Advanced Chemical Oceanography


OEAS 611 - Chemical Oceanography Laboratory


OEAS 614 - Chemical Oceanography in the Coastal Environment


OEAS 418/518 - Chemical Limnology


US GEOTRACES Trace Element Sampling Facility 

As a part of the US component of the International GEOTRACES Program (www.geotraces.org), a sampling facility was developed and assembled with funding from the US National Science Foundation (NSF Grant OCE-0705253 to G. Cutter). It is housed, maintained, and run at Old Dominion University's Department of Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences under the direction of Professor Gregory Cutter (gcutter@odu.edu). A peer-reviewed paper on this system can be found at (Cutter and Bruland, 2012), http://www.aslo.org/lomethods/free/2012/0425.pdf


For more information, please visit the US GEOTRACES Trace Element Sampling Facility

Selected Publications

Cutter, G.A. and Cutter, L.S. 2004. The biogeochemistry of selenium in the San Francisco Bay estuary: changes in water column behavior. Estuarine Coastal Shelf Sci. 61: 463-476.
Cutter, G.A. 2005. Biogeochemistry: now and into the future. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol. 219: 191-198.
Measures, C.I., G.A. Cutter, W.M. Landing, and R.T. Powell. 2006. Hydrographic observations during the 2002 IOC Contaminant Baseline Survey in the western Pacific Ocean. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. (G3), 7, Q03M06, doi:10.1029/2004GC000855.
Doblin, M.A., Baines, S., Cutter, L.S., and Cutter, G.A. 2006. The biogeochemistry of selenium in San Francisco Bay estuary: seston and phytoplankton. Estuarine Coastal Shelf Sci., 67: 681-694.
Cutter, G.A. and L.S. Cutter. 2006. The biogeochemistry of arsenic and antimony in the North Pacific Ocean. Geochem. Geophys. Geosystems (G3), 7, Q05M08, doi:10.1029/2005GC001159.
Meseck, S.C. and G.A. Cutter. 2006. Evaluating the biogeochemistry of selenium in San Francisco Bay through modeling. Limnol. Oceanogr., 51:2018-2032.
Henderson, G. and 28 others. 2007. GEOTRACES - An international study of the global marine biogeochemical cycles of trace elements and their isotopes. Chemie der Erde - Geochem., 67: 85-131.
Ranville, M.A., G.A. Cutter, C.S. Buck, W.M. Landing, L.S. Cutter, J.A. Resing, and A.R. Flegal. 2010. Aeolian contamination of Se and Ag in the North Pacific from Asian fossil fuel combustion. Environ. Sci. Technol., 44: 1587-1593.
Li, X., G.A. Cutter, R.C. Thunell, E. Tappa, Y. Astor, and M.I. Scranton. 2011. Particulate sulfur species in the water column of Cariaco Basin. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 75: 148-163.
Meseck, S.C. and G.A. Cutter. 2012. Selenium in sediments of the San Francisco Bay. Estuaries and Coasts.