Faculty

Lee Cooper

Research Professor
Faculty
Lee Cooper
Research Professor
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Bio

A little bit about me: I grew up in a southern California beach community, and was always interested in the local marine environment. Marine plants, particularly seagrasses were my first professional interest, and led to studies of stable carbon isotopes, which vary in ways in seagrasses that are still being explored. Some of the same seagrasses that grow on sunny beaches in California also grow in Alaska, so to me it was completely understandable to move north to Santa Cruz, to Seattle, and to Fairbanks, with fieldwork in Sitka and Cold Bay. I was at UCLA for a two-year postdoc, studying carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen isotope variation in terrestrial, marine, and freshwater plants. Returning to California reminded me of why I might have left Los Angeles, and I went from there to Tennessee for 20 years, where I worked for both Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. During that period, I developed active, sea-going research programs, primarily in the Arctic with professional collaborators that include my spouse, Jacqueline Grebmeier, and we both had the opportunity to move to the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) in 2008. I teach graduate level courses for the Marine- Estuarine-Environmental Science Program of the University of Maryland. In the summer I am often doing field-based research with students and professional staff on how arctic marine ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles are responding to environmental changes at high latitudes.   
 

Education

  • B.A. Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • M.S. Botany, University of Washington
  • Ph.D. Oceanography, University of Alaska Fairbanks

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