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Research Interests

  • The distribution and process significance of minor and trace elements in the modern sedimentary environment and in ancient sediments.
  • Natural and artificial radionuclides in sedimentary processes
  • Geochemistry of weathering

Research Activities

  • Carbon cycling in coastal sedimentary environments.
  • Sediment transport processes in North Carolina
    coastal environments: estuaries, continental shelf, continental slope.
  • Storage and mobility of radionuclides and trace
    elements in nearshore sedimentary environments.

Selected Research Publications

Muñoz, P., Lange, C.B., Gutiérrez, D., Hebbeln, D., Salamanca, M.A., Dezileau, L., Reyss, J.L., and Benninger, L.K. 2004. Recent sedimentation and mass accumulation rates based on 210Pb along the Peru-Chile continental margin. Deep-Sea Research II 51, 2523-2541.

Benninger, L.K. and C.S. Martens. 2002. Modern organic carbon burial fluxes, recent sedimentation rates, and particle mixing rates from the upper continental slope near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina (USA). Deep -Sea Research II 49, 4645-4665.

Mayer, L., Benninger, L.K., Bock M., DeMaster, D., Roberts, Q. and C. Martens. 2002. Mineral associations and nutritional quality of organic matter in shelf and upper slope sediments off Cape Hatteras, U.S.A.: A case of unusually high loadings. Deep-Sea Research II 49, 4587-4597.

Nie, Y., Suayah, I.B., Benninger, L.K. and M.J. Alperin. 2001. Detailed sediment chronology in Chesapeake Bay from high-resolution profiles of 210Pb and fallout nuclides. Limnology and Oceanography 46, 1425-1437. Alperin, M.J., Suayah, I.B.,

Benninger, L.K., Alperin, M.J., Wells, J.T., Muñoz, P., Nie, Y., Mislowack, B., and Lafond, S. In review. Impact of Hurricane Floyd on sediment deposition, erosion, and benthic nutrient fluxes in Pamlico Sound, North Carolina. Report to UNC Water Resources Research Institute, 50 ms pages

Benninger, L.K.,Suayah, I.B., and Stanley, D.J., 1998, Manzala lagoon, Nile delta, Egypt: Modern sediment accumulation based on radioactive tracers: Environmental Geology, v. 34, p. 183-193.

Meece, D.E. and Benninger, L.K., 1993, The coprecipitation of Pu and other radionuclides with CaCO3; Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 57, p. 1447-1458.

Benninger, L.K., and Wells, J.T., 1993, Sources of sediment to the Neuse River estuary, North Carolina: Marine Chemistry, v. 43, p. 137-156.

Canuel, E.A., Martens, C.S., and Benninger,L.K., 1990, Seasonal variations in 7Be activity in the sediments of Cape Lookout Bight, North Carolina: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v.54, p. 237-245.

Benninger, L.K.,and Dodge, R.E., 1986, Fallout plutonium and natural radionuclides in annual bands of the coral Montastrea annularis, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 50, p. 2785-2797.

Benninger, L.K., and Krishnaswami, S., 1980, Sedimentary processes in the inner New York Bight: Evidence from excess Pb-210 and Pu-239, 240: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 53, p. 158-174.

Benninger, L.K., Aller, R.C., Cochran, J.K., and Turekian, K.K., 1979, Effects of biological sediment mixing on the Pb-210 chronology and trace metal distribution in a Long Island Sound sediment core: Earth and Planetary Science Letters,v. 43, p. 241-259.


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