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Award Abstract #1229197

MRI: Acquisition of a Hybrid Mass Spectrometry System for the Next Generation of Multidisciplinary Geosciences Research, Student Education and Training

Division Of Ocean Sciences
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Initial Amendment Date: September 16, 2012
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Latest Amendment Date: September 16, 2012
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Award Number: 1229197
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Award Instrument: Standard Grant
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Program Manager: Kandace S. Binkley
OCE Division Of Ocean Sciences
GEO Directorate For Geosciences
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Start Date: October 1, 2012
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End Date: September 30, 2015 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $517,631.00
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Investigator(s): H. Rodger Harvey rharvey@odu.edu (Principal Investigator)
Peter Sedwick (Co-Principal Investigator)
Richard Zimmerman (Co-Principal Investigator)
Alexander Bochdansky (Co-Principal Investigator)
Margaret Mulholland (Co-Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: Old Dominion University Research Foundation
4111 Monarch Way
Norfolk, VA 23508-2561 (757)683-4293
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Program Reference Code(s): 1189
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Program Element Code(s): 1189


The PI's request funding to acquire a state-of-the-art, high-resolution, hybrid mass spectrometry system and associated peripherals (LC-MSn). The proposed instrumentation represents a strategic expansion of ODU research capabilities in marine ecosystem studies and will provide new critical research tools for a team of faculty, researchers and students. The LC-MSn instrumentation will be used for structural characterization and quantitative analysis of a diverse suite of polar molecules, most of which are biotic in origin and represent living materials and metabolites, including those of emerging environmental and ecological health concerns. A range of interdisciplinary research activities will benefit from the proposed instrumentation, include: elucidating biogeochemical cycling of organic matter in the Arctic Ocean by analysis of molecular organic markers; utilizing environmental proteomics to understand marine nitrogen cycling and geochemical processes; analyzing transformations of organic nitrogen in coastal systems; characterizing organic molecules associated with marine protists; and addressing the roles of dissolved organic ligands in the sorption and bioavailability of trace metals. This new instrumentation will facilitate further development of ongoing and future research projects that require new levels of analytical sophistication for characterization of organic compounds present in marine and estuarine ecosystems and their environmental context.

Broader Impacts:

The requested instrumentation will help the continued development of infrastructure for research. Graduate students as well as undergraduate students will benefit from this state-of-the-art facility. ODU has an outreach program through the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center which provides excellent opportunities for public outreach. The research derived from the use of the instrument is to be highlighted through the aquarium and public lectures.


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:Harvey, HR Taylor, KA; Pie, HV ; Mitchelmore, CL. "Polycyclic aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons in Chukchi Sea biota and sediments and their toxicological response in the Arctic cod, Boreogadus saida," DEEP-SEA RESEARCH PART II-TOPICAL STUDIES IN OCEANOGRAPHY, v.102, 2014, p. 32. 

Moore, Eli K.; Harvey, H. Rodger; Faux, Jessica F.; et al.. "Protein recycling in Bering Sea algal incubations," MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES, v.515, 2014, p. 45. 


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