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I’m an Earth Observation Scientist with Plymouth Marine Laboratory. I completed an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia and I earned my PhD in Chemical Oceanography from the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography. My research is focused on applying biogeochemical tracers to study carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen cycles in oceanographic and land-based systems.

Want to get in touch? Email (cama@pml.ac.uk) or Twitter (@carabonate).


Research summary:

I develop and apply methods to measure gases and other biogeochemical tracers in the environment, with the aim of improving our quantitative understanding of biogeochemical cycles, both regionally and globally. My research experiences include:
A) the development of a field-deployable gas equilibration mass spectrometer for measurement of noble gases (Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe) in water
B) quantifying photosynthesis and respiration using high-precision isotopic measurements of O2, N2, Ar, and N2O
C) quantifying air-sea gas exchange in the coastal ocean, ice-covered waters, and groundwater, using measurements of noble gases at natural abundances, and through deliberate tracer releases
D) applying autonomous ocean technology (e.g., biogeochemical Argo floats and surface vehicles) to study ocean carbon and oxygen cycles

For more information, download my CV or check out my publications.

My latest preprint:
Interannual variability in methane and nitrous oxide concentrations and sea-air fluxes across the North American Arctic Ocean (2015–2019)
CCM Manning, Z Zheng, L Fenwick, RD McCulloch, E Damm, RW Izett, WJ Williams, S Zimmermann, S Vagle, and PD Tortell (2021)
EarthArXiv,
https://doi.org/10.31223/X53G86

My latest first-authored publication:
River inflow dominates methane emissions in an Arctic coastal system

CC Manning, VL Preston, SF Jones, APM Michel, DP Nicholson, PJ Duke, M Ahmed, K Manganini, BGT Else, and PD Tortell (2020) 
Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2020GL087669
https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GL087669

Open access version
US OCB Science highlight

My latest co-authored publications:
ΔO2/N2′ as a new tracer of marine net community production: Application and evaluation in the Subarctic Northeast Pacific and Canadian Arctic Ocean
RW Izett, RC Hamme, C McNeil, CCM Manning, A Bourbonnais, and PD Tortell
Frontiers in Marine Sciences, 8:718625

https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.718625 (open access)

Rapid advances in mobile mass spectrometry enhance tracer hydrology and water management
AL Popp*, CCM Manning*, and JLA Knapp* (2021)
*Contributed equally
Water Resources Research, 57, e2021WR029890
https://doi.org/10.1029/2021WR029890
(open access)

The header photo was taken by Canadian Coast Guard helicopter pilot Dick Morissette, at Mecham River near Resolute, Nunavut.