Gardner, Wilford individual record
Professor
overview

The Particle Dynamics Group studies the dynamics and biogeochemistry of particle formation, sinking, resuspension, transport and diagenesis in the ocean from the continental shelf to the deep sea and from surface waters to the seafloor.

A major initiative was to obtain worldwide measurements of POC in surface waters and fine particle distributions throughout the water column using transmissometers to help determine global ocean processes of particle generation and recycling.

Our latest project has been to synthesize >10,000 turbidity profiles to the seafloor on 116 cruises in the last 52 years in all oceans to construct the first maps showing locations of regions of nepheloid (cloudy) layers near the seafloor caused by resuspension of sediments and to examine the linkage with upper ocean dynamics.

selected publications
Academic Articles73
  • Gardner, W. D., Richardson, M. J., Mishonov, A. V., Lam, P. J., & Xiang, Y. (2022). Distribution, Sources, and Dynamics of Particulate Matter Along Trans-Arctic Sections. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS. 127(6),
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  • Gardner, W. D., Richardson, M. J., Mishonov, A. V., Bean, D. A., & Herguera, J. C. (2022). Nepheloid layers in the deep Gulf of Mexico. MARINE GEOLOGY. 454, 106950-106950.
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  • Lerner, P., Marchal, O., Lam, P. J., Gardner, W., Richardson, M. J., & Mishonov, A. (2020). A model study of the relative influences of scavenging and circulation on Th-230 and Pa-231 in the western North Atlantic. DEEP-SEA RESEARCH PART I-OCEANOGRAPHIC RESEARCH PAPERS. 155, 103159-103159.
  • John, S. G., Liang, H., Weber, T., DeVries, T., Primeau, F., Moore, K., ... Taburet, G. (2020). AWESOME OCIM: A simple, flexible, and powerful tool for modeling elemental cycling in the oceans. CHEMICAL GEOLOGY. 533, 119403-119403.
  • Gardner, W. D., Richardson, M. J., Mishonov, A. V., & Biscaye, P. E. (2019). Global comparison of benthic nepheloid layers based on 52 years of nephelometer and transmissometer measurements. PROGRESS IN OCEANOGRAPHY. 168, 100-111.
Chapters1
  • GARDNER, W. D., & RICHARDSON, M. J. (1992). PARTICLE EXPORT AND RESUSPENSION FLUXES IN THE WESTERN NORTH-ATLANTIC. Rowe, G. T., & Pariente, V. (Eds.), Deep-Sea Food Chains and the Global Carbon Cycle. 339-364. Springer Nature.
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Conference Papers5
  • Buesseler, K. O., Benitez-Nelson, C. R., Moran, S. B., Burd, A., Charette, M., Cochran, J. K., ... Trull, T. (2006). An assessment of particulate organic carbon to thorium-234 ratios in the ocean and their impact on the application of Th-234 as a POC flux proxy. MARINE CHEMISTRY. 100(3-4), 213-233.
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  • RICHARDSON, M. J., SHOR, A. N., GARDNER, W. D., & SULLIVAN, L. (1978). EVIDENCE FOR RESUSPENSION OF BOTTOM SEDIMENTS SOUTH OF ICELAND. TRANSACTIONS-AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION. 59(4), 299-299.
  • GARDNER, W. D., ROWE, G. T., WILLIAMS, A. J., & HOLLISTER, C. D. (1977). PARTICLE RESIDENCE TIME IN AN OCEANIC NEPHELOID LAYER AND TOTAL PARTICULATE FLUX. TRANSACTIONS-AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION. 58(6), 410-410.
  • GARDNER, W. D., HOLLISTER, C. D., SPENCER, D. W., & BREWER, P. G. (1976). CHARACTERISTICS OF NEAR-BOTTOM SUSPENDED SEDIMENTS OF NORTHEASTERN ATLANTIC. TRANSACTIONS-AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION. 57(4), 269-269.
  • HOLLISTER, C. D., GARDNER, W. D., LONSDALE, P. F., & SPENCER, D. W. (1976). NEW EVIDENCE FOR NORTHWARD FLOWING BOTTOM WATER ALONG HATTON SEDIMENT DRIFT, EASTERN NORTH-ATLANTIC. TRANSACTIONS-AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION. 57(4), 261-261.
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Email
wgardner@tamu.edu
First Name
Wilford
Last Name
Gardner
mailing address
Texas A&M University; Oceanography; 3146 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3146
USA