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Research Interests

Professor Blair's research focuses on the behavior of carbon on the Earth's surface. The pathways of organic carbon decomposition and sequestration as mediated by biological and physical processes in soils and sediments. This information is integrated into a conceptual model that describes the transformations of organic carbon as it moves across landscapes and the seafloor. Human impacts on this lateral portion of the C-cycle are considered.

Education/Academic qualification

Organic Chemistry, PhD, Stanford University

… → 1980

Chemistry, BS, University of Maryland, College Park

… → 1975

Research interests

  • Biogeochemical transformations of carbon
  • Macromolecular organic matter
  • Organic matter in surficial environments

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Research Output

Fate of Ayeyarwady and Thanlwin Rivers Sediments in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal

Liu, J. P., Kuehl, S. A., Pierce, A. C., Williams, J., Blair, N. E., Harris, C., Aung, D. W. & Aye, Y. Y., May 2020, In : Marine Geology. 423, 106137.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Scopus citations

    Carbon mass balance, isotopic tracers of biogenic methane, and therole of acetate in coal beds: Powder River Basin (USA)

    Vinson, D. S., Blair, N. E., Ritter, D. J., Martini, A. M. & McIntosh, J. C., Dec 30 2019, In : Chemical Geology. 530, 119329.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Centers of organic carbon burial and oxidation at the land-ocean interface

    Bianchi, T. S., Cui, X., Blair, N. E., Burdige, D. J., Eglinton, T. I. & Galy, V., Jan 1 2018, In : Organic Geochemistry. 115, p. 138-155 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 31 Scopus citations

    Critical transition in critical zone of intensively managed landscapes

    Kumar, P., Le, P. V. V., Papanicolaou, A. N. T., Rhoads, B. L., Anders, A. M., Stumpf, A., Wilson, C. G., Bettis, E. A., Blair, N., Ward, A. S., Filley, T., Lin, H., Keefer, L., Keefer, D. A., Lin, Y. F., Muste, M., Royer, T. V., Foufoula-Georgiou, E. & Belmont, P., Jun 2018, In : Anthropocene. 22, p. 10-19 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 8 Scopus citations

    The C-biogeochemistry of a Midwestern USA agricultural impoundment in context: Lake Decatur in the intensively managed landscape critical zone observatory

    Blair, N. E., Leithold, E. L., Thanos Papanicolaou, A. N., Wilson, C. G., Keefer, L., Kirton, E., Vinson, D., Schnoebelen, D., Rhoads, B., Yu, M. & Lewis, Q., Apr 1 2018, In : Biogeochemistry. 138, 2, p. 171-195 25 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Scopus citations