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Peer-reviewed Publications (selected)


An autonomous buoy system for observing spring freshet plumes under landfast sea ice. Laney, S. R., and S. R. Okkonen. Limnol. Oceanogr. Methods. 20, 15-25.


Optical, structural and kinematic characteristics of freshwater plumes under landfast sea ice during the spring freshet in the Alaskan coastal Arctic. Okkonen, S. R., and S. R. Laney. J. Geophys. Res.: Oceans 126, e2021JC017549,

Oceanographic influence on the early life-history stages of benthic during the polar night. Meyer-Kaiser, K., H. Chen, X. Liu, and S. R. Laney. Polar Biol. 44, 1781-1793.

Insights Into water mass origins in the central Arctic Ocean from in-situ dissolved organic matter fluorescence. Stedmon, C. A., R. M. W. Amon, D. Bauch, A. Bracher, R. Gonçalves-Araujo, M. Hoppmann, R. Krishfield, S. Laney, B. Rabe, H. Reader, and M. A. Granskog. J. Geophys. Res. 126(7), 10.1029/2021JC017407.


A simulation framework for evaluating lightweight spectral cameras in drone-based aquatic sensing applications. O'Shea, R.* and S.R. Laney. Appl. Opt. 59(10), C52-C62.

Evaluation of glint correction approaches for fine-scale ocean color measurements by lightweight hyperspectral imaging spectrometers. O'Shea, R.*,  S.R. Laney, and Z. Lee. Appl. Opt. 59(7), B18-B34.

*Doctoral student in Laney lab


The euphotic zone under Arctic Ocean sea ice: vertical extents and seasonal trends. Laney, S. R., R. A. Krishfield, and J. M. Toole. 2017. Limnol. Oceanogr. 62, 1910-1934.

A general-purpose, microcontroller-based framework for integrating oceanographic sensors, instruments, and peripherals. Laney, S. R. 2017. J. Atmos. Ocean. Tech. 34, 415-427.


Correcting temperature dependence in miniature spectrometers used in cold polar environments. Wang, H.*, Chen, Y., Song, H., and Laney, S. R. 2015. Appl. Optics. 54, 3162-3172.

*Doctoral research guest student in Laney lab


A fiber optic spectrometry system for measuring irradiance distributions in sea ice environments. Wang, H.*, Chen, Y., Song, H., and Laney, S. R. 2014. J. Atmos. Oce. Tech. 31, 2833-2857.

*Doctoral research guest student in Laney lab

Phytoplankton assemblage structure in and around a massive under-ice bloom in the Chukchi Sea. Laney, S. R., and H. M. Sosik. 2014. Deep-Sea Res. II 105, 30-41.

Phytoplankton blooms beneath the sea ice in the Chukchi sea. Kevin R. Arrigo, Donald K. Perovich, Robert S. Pickart, Zachary W. Brown, Gert L. van Dijken, Kate E. Lowry, Matthew M. Mills, Molly A. Palmer, William M. Balch, Nicholas R. Bates, Claudia R. Benitez-Nelson, Emily Brownlee, Karen E. Frey, Samuel R. Laney, Jeremy Mathis, Atsushi Matsuoka, B. Greg Mitchell, G.W.K. Moore,    Rick A. Reynolds, Heidi M. Sosik, James H. Swift, 2014. Deep-Sea Res. II 105, 1-16.

Assessing algal biomass and bio-optical distributions in perennially ice-covered polar ocean ecosystems. Laney, S. R., R. A. Krishfield, J. M. Toole, T. R. Hammar, C. J. Ashjian, and M.-L. Timmermans, 2014. Polar Sci. 8, 73-85.


Diatoms favor their younger daughters. Laney, S. R., R. J. Olson, and H. M. Sosik. 2012. Limnol. Oceanogr. 57, 1572-1578.

Massive phytoplankton blooms under Arctic sea ice. Arrigo, K. R., D. K. Perovich, R. S. Pickart, Z. W. Brown, G. L. van Dijken, K. E. Lowry, M. M. Mills, M. A. Palmer, W. B. Balch, F. Bahr, N. R. Bates, C. Benitez-Nelson, B. Bowler, E. Brownlee, J. K. Ehn, K. E. Frey, R. Garley, S. R. Laney, L. Lubelczyk, J. Mathis, A. Matsuoka, B. G. Mitchell, G. W. K. Moore, E. Ortega-Retuerta, S. Pal, C. M. Polashenski, R. A. Reynolds, B. Schieber, H. M. Sosik, M. Stephens, J. H. Swift. 2012. Science 336, 1408


In situ measurement of chlorophyll fluorescence transients. Laney, S. R. 2010. Developments in Applied Phycology 4, 19-30.

Ice-Tethered Profiler measurements of dissolved oxygen under permanent ice cover in the Arctic Ocean. Timmermans, M.-L., R. Krishfield, S. Laney, and J. Toole, 2010. J. Atmos. Ocean. Tech. 27, 1936–1949


Using a nonanalytical approach to model nonlinear dynamics in photosynthesis at the photosystem level. S.R. Laney, R. M. Letelier, and M. R. Abbott, 2009. J. Phycol. 45, 298–310


Artifacts in measurements of chlorophyll fluorescence transients, with specific application to fast repetition rate fluorometry. S. R. Laney and R. M. Letelier, 2008. Limnol. Oceanogr.: Meth. 6, 40-50


Using lasers to probe the transient light absorption by proteorhodopsin in marine bacterioplankton. Desiderio, R. A., S. R. Laney, R. M. Letelier, and S. J. Giovannoni, 2007. Appl. Optics 46, 7329-7336.


Proteorhodopsin phototrophy in the ubiquitous marine bacterium SAR11. Giovannoni, S. J., L. Bibbs, J.-C. Cho, M. D. Stapels, R. Desiderio, K. Vergin, M. S. Rappe, S. Laney, L. J. Wilhelm, H. J. Tripp, E. J. Mathur, and D. F. Barofsky, 2005. Nature 438, 82-85.

Parameterizing the natural fluorescence kinetics of Thalassiosira weissflogii. Laney, S. R., R. M. Letelier, and M. R. Abbott, 2005. Limnol. Oceanogr. 50, 1499-1510.

A generalized real-time signal processor for oceanographic applications. Laney, S. R., 2005. Research Papers of the Link Foundation Fellows 4, B. J. Thompson, ed., pp. 333-349.


Assessing the error in photosynthetic properties determined with Fast Repetition Rate fluorometry. Laney, S. R. 2003. Limnol. Oceanogr. 48, 2234-2242.


Measuring the natural fluorescence of phytoplankton cultures. Laney, S. R., R. M. Letelier, R. A. Desiderio, D. A.. Kiefer, C. R. Booth, and M. R. Abbott. 2001. J. Atmos. Ocean. Tech. 18, 1924-1934.


Fast Repetition Rate fluorometry - Exploring phytoplankton fluorescence. Laney, S. R., 1997. Sea Technology 38, 99-102