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Peter Lee

Research Associate, College of Charleston

Address: Hollings Marine Laboratory, 331 Fort Johnson Rd.
Phone: 843.460.9785


Ph.D. (Oceanography), 2000, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Canada

M.S. (Hons, Chemistry), 1991, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Research Interests

  • Sulfur biogeochemistry, climate change impacts on marine phytoplankton, algal community structure and biogenic sulfur production; application of sea-going mass spectrometry, flow cytometry and “-omics” technologies to phytoplankton ecophysiology and sulfur biogeochemistry

Current research projects

  • impact of Vitamin B12 on the production and regulation of oceanic dimethylsulfoniopropionate and dimethylsulfide (currently funded with student opportunities available)
  • the application of proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometry and membrane inlet mass spectrometry to the determination of intracellular DMSP production in phytoplankton and biogeochemical fluxes of dimethylsulfoniopropionate and dimethylsulfide due to microbial processing (currently funded)
  • proteomic and metabolomic approaches to understanding biogenic sulfur production in phytoplankton
  • developing experimental methodologies and technologies for assessing the impact of climate change variables on lower trophic level organisms


  • Boroujerdi AFB, Lee PA, DiTullio GR, Janech MG, Vied SB, Bearden DW. 2012. Identification of Isethionic Acid and other small molecule metabolites in Fragilariopsis cylindrus by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. 404:777-784 doi:10.1007/s00216-012-6169-2.
  • Lyon BR, Lee PA, Bennett JM, DiTullio GR, Janech MG. 2011. Proteomic analysis of a sea-ice diatom; Salinity acclimation provides new insights into the dimethylsulfoniopropionate production pathway. Plant Physiology.doi: 10.1104/pp.111.185025.
  • Bertrand EM, Saito MA, Lee PA, Dunbar R, Sedwick PN, DiTullio GR. 2011. Iron limitation of a springtime bacterial and phytoplankton community in the Ross Sea: implications for vitamin B12 nutrition. Frontiers in Aquatic Microbiologydoi: 10.3389/fmicb.2011.00160.
  • Lee PA, Riseman SF, Hutchins DA, Hare CE, Leblanc K, DiTullio GR. 2011. Potential impact of increased temperature and CO2 on particulate DMSP in the Bering Sea.Advances in Oceanography and Limnology. 2:33-47.
  • Mikucki JA, Pearson A, Johnston DT, Turchyn AV, Farquhar J, Schrag DP, Anber AD, Priscu JC, Lee PA. 2009. A contemporary microbially-maintained subglacial ferrous ‘ocean’. Science 324:307-400.
  • Bertrand EM, Saito MA, Rose JM, Riesselman CR, Lohan MC, Noble AE, Lee PA, DiTullio GR. 2007. Vitamin B12 and iron co-limitation of phytoplankton growth in the Ross Sea. Limnology and Oceanography 52:1079-1093.