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Kimber De Salvo
Kimber De Salvo
O&M 409

Texas A&M University
3146 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-3146


 B.A. Environmental Studies, University of San Diego, 2015

National Science Foundation STEM Scholar – Fall 2016 – Spring 2018


Kimber De Salvo

Graduate Student

Research Interests

  • Chemical oceanography
  • Trace metal geochemistry
  • Iron colloids
  • Stable metal isotopes
  • Flow field-flow fractionation (FlFFF)
  • Multi-angle laser light scattering (malls)
  • Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)


Bioavailable iron has been argued to be phytoplankton’s most important micronutrient for production, thus affecting the magnitude of oceanic carbon sequestration.  However, not much is known about the size and composition of the major size fraction of dissolved iron, colloids; which is potentially bioavailable.

My research focuses on trace metal geochemistry in shelf waters off of the coast of Maine and in oceanic waters at Station Aloha.  Specifically, I am interested in determining the colloidal iron size distribution and compositional characteristics to begin to evaluate how the iron colloidal continuum relates to biogeochemical processes (such as seasonal phytoplankton dynamics, coastal processes, hydrothermal inputs, and aerosol deposition).  This collaborative, NSF-supported, study will develop a new marine geochemistry method coupling FlFFF to MALLS and ICP-MS. 

Additional Information

Advisor: Dr. Jessica Fitzsimmons

  • Marine Science Instructor 2015-2016: Taught marine science to students from 5th to 12th grade through lectures, labs, dissections, and field observations.
  • SCUBA Certified


Conferences and Presentations

  • De Salvo, K. (December 2014). Metals in San Diego’s Mission Bay Sediment: a spatial and temporal study. Environmental and Ocean Sciences Senior Seminar, University of San Diego, CA. 
  • De Salvo, K. (May 2014). Metals in San Diego’s Mission Bay Sediment: a spatial and temporal study. Creative Collaborations Undergraduate Research Conference, University of San Diego, CA.  


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