Dr. Rainer Amon
Associate Professor
Contact Information:
Texas A&M University
Email: amonr@tamug.edu
5007 Avenue U
Phone: (409) 740-4719
Fax: (409) 740-4787
TX, 77551 USA Website
Marine Science, University of Texas at Austin, USA, 1995
Zoology/Marine Biology, Unviversity of Vienna, Austria, 1990
Biology, University of Vienna, Austria, 1986
Specialty: Organic biogeochemistry; Microbial ecology; Arctic Oceanography.
Research Interests:

Biogeochemistry of dissolved organic matter in Arctic rivers and the Arctic Ocean. Land-Ocean transport of carbon and nitrogen in light of environmental change. Chemical and optical characterization of DOM and its use as a tracer for water masses. Environmental factors controlling the activity of bacteria including pathogens in urban and coastal water bodies.

Courses Taught:
MARS 440: Introduction to Chemical Oceanography
OCNG 420: Introduction to Biological Oceanography
MARS 489: Modern Oceanographic Observashional & Analysis methods
MARS 481: Marine Sciences Seminar
MARS 489/OCNG 685: Special topics in Marine Science/Oceanography
Selected Publications:
  • Benner, R., Louchouarn, P., Amon, R.M.W., 2005. Terrigenous dissolved organic matter in the Arctic Ocean. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 19: GB2025, doi:10.1029/2004GB002398.
  • Amon, R.M.W. and Meon, B., 2004. The biogeochemistry of dissolved organic matter and nutrients in two large Arctic estuaries and potential implications for our understanding of the Arctic Ocean system. Mar. Chem., 92: 311-330.
  • Meon, B. and Amon, R.M.W., 2004. Heterotrophic bacterial activity and fluxes of dissolved free amino acids (DFAA) and glucose in the Arctic Rivers Ob, Yenisei and the adjacent Kara Sea. Aquat. Microb. Ecol., 37: 121-135.
  • Benner, R., Benitez-Nelson, B., Kaiser, K., Amon R.M.W., 2004. Export of young terrigenous dissolved organic carbon from rivers to the Arctic Ocean. Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L05305.
  • Amon, R.M.W, G. Budeus & B. Meon. 2003. Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) distribution and origin in the Nordic Seas: Exchanges with the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic. J. Geophys. Res.-Oceans: 108, No. C7 3221 10 1029/2002JC001594.