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Faculty Profile
David Kieber

David  Kieber


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417 Jahn Lab





Ph.D.  University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Chemical Oceanography, 1988

M.S.  University of Delaware, College of Marine Studies, Marine Science, 1983

B.S.  Rutgers University, Cook College, Environmental Science with unofficial minors in Chemistry and Mathematics, 1980


My research interests are focused on a broad array of topics related to the biological and sunlight-driven (photochemical) transformations of natural organic matter in the oceans and atmosphere, as detailed in my publications (Google Scholar). Research from my lab group has led to the discovery of new molecules, new physiological functions of molecules, and new pathways for organic carbon removal in the oceans and atmosphere. These discoveries and others were made through research conducted in my home laboratory in Syracuse as well as at field stations and on oceanographic research vessels around the world including, for example, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the subarctic Pacific Ocean, the Ross Sea, Antarctica and the coral reefs of Mo’orea, French Polynesia (wordpress). 

For more information about potential positions in my laboratory please contact me at  For further information about my research interests and publications see:

Google Scholar


Selected Publications

See google scholar for a complete list of publications.

Xue, L. and D.J. Kieber. 2023. Ultraviolet absorption spectra of acrylic acid and its conjugate base, acrylate, in aqueous solution. Photochem. Photobiol. A: Chem. 449, 115371.

Galí, M., M. Devred, G. Pérez, D.J. Kieber and R. Simó.  2023. Global ocean dimethylsulfide photolysis rates quantified with a spectrally and vertically resolved model. Limnol. Oceanogr. Lett. 8, 760–769.

Kinsey, J.D., I.M.B. Tyssebotn and D.J. Kieber. 2023. Effect of PAR irradiance intensity on Phaeocystis antarctica (Prymnesiophyceae) growth and DMSP, DMSO, and acrylate concentrations. J. Phycol. 59, 963-979.

Zhu, Y., L.C. Powers, D.J. Kieber and W.L. Miller. 2022. Depth-resolved photochemical production of hydrogen peroxide in the global ocean using remotely sensed ocean color. Front. Remote Sensing. 3: 1009398. doi: 10.3389/frsen.2022.1009398

Xue, L., D.J. Kieber, M. Masdeu-Navarro, M. Cabrera-Brufau, P. Rodríguez-Ros, S.G. Gardner, C. Marrasé and R. Simó.  2022.  Concentrations and biological consumption of acrylate and DMSP in the tropical Pacific and coral reef ecosystem in Mo’orea, French Polynesia. Front. Mar. Sci. 9: 911522. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2022.911522

Zhu, Y., and D.J. Kieber. 2019.  Concentrations and photochemistry of acetaldehyde, glyoxal and methylglyoxal in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean.  Environ. Sci. Technol. 53: 9512-9521. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.9b01631

Beaupre, S., D.J. Kieber, W.C. Keene, M.S. Long, A.A. Frossard, J.D. Kinsey, P. Duplessis, R. Chang, J.R. Maben, X. Lu, Y. Zhu, J. Bisgrove. 2019. Oceanic efflux of ancient marine dissolved organic carbon in primary marine aerosol Sci. Adv. 5, eaax6535.  doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aax6535


Postdoctoral Investigators

Dr. Lei Xue (orcid ID, GoogleScholarDr. Lei Xue in a lab

Phone number: 315-470-6991         


Ph.D. 2020, Chemistry, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry  

Ph.D. Advisor: Dr. David Kieber  

Postdoctoral Mentors: Drs. David Kieber and Leanne Powers

Reseach Interests: aquatic photochemistry, marine organic carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur cycling, marine aerosol, HABs, VOCs, reactive oxygen species

Current Graduate Advisees

Liang ChenLiang Chen

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Kieber
  • Area of Study: FCH Environmental Chemistry

Emily FridenEmily Friden

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Kieber
  • Area of Study: Environ & Forest Chemistry