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Theoretical Chemistry and Isotope Biogeochemistry Lab

Welcome to the Motta Lab!

Our research group is interested in questions that span the theoretical chemistry–biological oceanography continuum. We aim to uncover the physical chemistry underlying the interactions of complex organisms with light in marine waters. The interplay between light and chemical reactions in living systems in our oceans adds a fascinating new dimension to our understanding of chemistry. The central theme of our research is the development and application of non-traditional isotope effects, particularly mercury and sulfur, to understand these phenomena.