Joe Resing

Joseph A. Resing

  • Research Scientist
  • Education:
    • PhD, Chemical Oceanography, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, 1997
    • MS, Chemical Oceanography, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1992
    • BS, Chemistry, DePaul University, Chicago Illinois, 1987
  • Email:
  • Phone:
    • 206-526-6184
  • Location:
    • NOAA PMEL, Building 3, Room 1046

My research is aimed at understanding the exchange of chemicals between solid earth and the ocean. Primarily this involves examining the impact of active submarine volcanic eruptions and hydrothermal activity on the biochemistry of the oceans. Secondarily I focus on the distribution of trace elements in the oceans to better understand how these distributions relate to biological productivity of the ocean.

Current Research Projects

  • Exploring for hydrothermal and volcanic activity in the Western Pacific Submarine Arc and Back volcanoes as a part of the Submarine Ring of Fire project. These efforts are focused on the Mariana Arc and Back arc and the NE Lau Basin.
  • Understanding how hydrothermal activity contributes the trace nutrient Fe to the remote surface ocean. This effort is currently focused on the East Pacific Rise and the Mid Atlantic Ridge with future plans to examine the South West Indian Ridge
  • Understanding how ocean margins contribute trace metals to the open ocean, especially the supply of Fe to Fe-deficient regions of the ocean; this includes margins in the Western Pacific, Southern Ocean, sources of Iron to the Equatorial Undercurrent the US Cascadia Margin.

Selected publications

Tagliabue, A. and J.A. Resing (2016) Impact of hydrothermalism on the ocean iron cycle. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 20150291,

Baker, E.T., J.A. Resing, R.M. Haymon, V. Tunnicliffe, F. Martinez, V. Ferrini, S.L. Walker, and K. Nakamura (2016): How many vent fields? New estimates of vent field populations on ocean ridges from precise mapping of hydrothermal discharge locations. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 449, 186-196, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.05.

Santana-Casiano, J. M., E. Fraile-Nuez, M. González-Dávila, E. T. Baker, J. A. Resing and S. L. Walker (2016) Significant discharge of CO2 from hydrothermalism associated with the submarine volcano of El Hierro Island, Scientific Reports, 6, 25686, doi: 10.1038/srep25686.

Resing, J.A., P.N. Sedwick, C. R. German, W. J. Jenkins, J. W. Moffett, B. M. Sohst, A. Tagliabue (2015). Basin-scale transport of hydrothermal dissolved metals across the South Pacific Ocean. Nature, 523, DOI:10.1038/nature1457, 200-203.

Grand, M.M., C.I. Measures, M. Hatta, W.T. Hiscock, W.M. Landing, P.L. Morton, C.S. Buck, P.M. Barrett, J.A. Resing (2015) Dissolved Fe and Al in the upper 1000m of the eastern Indian Ocean: high-resolution data from the Antarctic margin to the Bay of Bengal, Global Biogeochemical Cycles doi: 10.1002/2014GB004920.

Resing, J., and P. Barrett (2014): Fingerprinting the sources of iron to the oceans. Nature, 511, doi: 10.1038/nature13513, 164–165.

Barrett, P.M., J. A. Resing, N.J. Buck, W. M. Landing, P. L. Morton, R. U. Shelley (2015) Changes in the distribution of Al and Fe in the eastern North Atlantic Ocean 2003-2013: Implications for trends in dust deposition. Marine Chemistry, doi: 10.1016/j.marchem.2015.02.009.

Resing, J. A., K.H. Rubin, R. Embley, J .Lupton, E. Baker, R. Dziak, T. Baumberger, M. Lilley, J. Huber, T.M. Shank, D. Butterfield, D. Clague, N. Keller, S. Merle, N.J. Buck, P. Michael, A. Soule, D. Caress, S. Walker, R. Davis, J. Cowen, A-L. Reysenbach, and H. Thomas, (2011): Active Submarine Eruption of Boninite at West Mata Volcano in the Extensional NE Lau Basin, Nature Geosciences, 10.1038/ngeo1275.

Resing, J.A., E.T. Baker, J.E. Lupton, S.L. Walker, D.A. Butterfield, G. J. Massoth, K. Nakamura, (2009): Chemistry of hydrothermal plumes above submarine volcanoes of the Mariana Arc, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 10, Q02009,