The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) is pleased to announce the return of its lecture series, a program featuring presentations by a variety of researchers from the Rio Grande Valley in science and humanities fields.
The IMAS will host a lecture by Dr. Jongsun Kim, from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley – School of Earth, Environmental, & Marine Science, on Sunday, January 15, 2023, from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The lecture is included in general admission ($5 for adults, $3 for seniors ages 65+).

Dr. Kim is a chemical oceanographer and coastal system modeler interested in biogeochemical/ ecological and physical interactions in the coastal water ecosystem. His work is centered around the interface of biogeochemical cycling in the coastal ocean and ecosystem ecology, raising questions relevant to understanding how natural and anthropogenic forces affect coastal biogeochemical cycling across different scales and how those influence ecosystem processes that focused on environmental issues such as hypoxia and eutrophication in the world’s coastal oceans.

Dr. Kim’s talk will cover his recent findings on the consequence of diverse nitrogen input caused in coastal productivity and organic carbon fluxes in the coastal Gulf of Mexico (GOM). He shares, “My research field is ecosystem modeling in the coastal ocean and during my Ph.D. at Texas A &M University. I developed the nitrogen model in the coastal Gulf of Mexico, where it has a hypoxic condition.” Dr. Kim will share his extensive and on-going study of the nutrients in the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf’s importance to the overall health of our oceans. Discover the significant impact of our nearby Gulf waters and learn about the dynamic role it plays in Earth’s ecosystem.

Consequence of diverse nitrogen input caused in coastal productivity and organic carbon fluxes in the coastal Gulf of Mexico (GOM)

Nutrient cycling is an essential contributor to marine ecosystems. The Gulf of Mexico (GOM) is a significant source of primary production in the ocean, which is related to the carbon budget. The ecosystem model showing the pathway of nutrients in the GOM can be proposed by combining all input and output sources on the assumption that the GOM is in a steady state condition. This model can show the primary production rate, which can be used for the calculation of the carbon budget in the entire GOM.

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