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David Mucciarone

Title:Lab Manager
Primary Affiliation:Department of Environmental Earth System Science
Office Location:Green Earth Sci.  331


  • 1988 | M.S., Geology, University of South Carolina
  • 1982 | B.S., Marine Science, University of South Carolina
  • 1979 | A.S., Science and Math, Dean College

Professional Experience

  • 1997 – Present | Stable Isotope Lab & Expedition Manager, Stanford University
  • 1988 – 1997 | Stable Isotope Lab, Seismic, & Expedition Manager, Wm. Marsh Rice University
  • 1987 – 1988 | Graduate Teaching Asst., University of South Carolina
  • 1986 – 1987 | Graduate Research Asst. SIL, University of South Carolina
  • 1982 – 1986 | Stable Isotope Lab Manager, University of South Carolina
  • 1981 – 1982 | Undergraduate Lab. Asst., University of South Carolina

Honors & Awards

  • 1990 | Antarctic Service Metal of the USA issued by NSF and USN

Courses Taught

  • 2014 (Spring) | Teaching assistant/Dive Master Science Diving course at Hopkins Marine Station
  • 2008 (Spring) | GES164L Stable Isotope Geochemistry Lab [Enrolled 4]
  • 2007 (Spring) | GES164L Stable Isotope Geochemistry Lab [Enrolled 6]
  • 2002 (Spring) | GES164L Stable Isotope Geochemistry Lab [Enrolled 2]
  • 2000 (Spring) | GES164L Stable Isotope Geochemistry Lab [Enrolled 7]
  • 1999 (Winter) | GES164L Stable Isotope Geochemistry Lab [Enrolled 4]


  • 2015* Druffel, E.R.M., Griffin, S., D. Vetter, R.B. Dunbar, D.A. Mucciarone, 2015, Identification of frequent La Nina events during the early 1800s in the east equatorial Pacific, Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1002/201GL062997.           
  • 2014* Koweek, D., R.B. Dunbar, J.S. Rogers, G.J. Williams, N. Price, D.A. Mucciarone, L. Teneva, 2014. Environmental and ecological controls of coral community metabolism on Palmyra Atoll., Coral Reefs, doi: 10.1007/s00338-014-1217-3.
  • 2014* Osborne, M.C., R.B. Dunbar, D.A. Mucciarone, E. Druffel, and J.-A. Sanchez-Cabeza, 2014, A 215 year coral d18O time series from Palau records dynamics of the West Pacific Warm Pool (WPWP) following the end of the Little Ice Age (LIA), Coral Reefs, doi: 10.1007/s00338-014-1146-1. 
  • 2014* Druffel, E.R.M., Sheila Griffin, *D. S. Glynn, R. B. Dunbar, D.A. Muciarone and J. R. Toggweiler, 2014, Seasonal radiocarbon and oxygen isotopes in a Galapagos coral: Calibration with climate indices, Geophysical Research Letters,  DOI: 10.1002/2014GL060504.
  • 2014* Ruiz-Fernández, A.C., Ontiveros-Cuadras, J.F., Luis Sericano, J., Sánchez-Cabeza, J.-A., Wee-Kwon, L.L., Dunbar, R.B., Mucciarone, D., Hascibe Pérez-Bernal, L., and F., Páez-Osuna, 2013, Background levels, fluxes and trends of persistent organic pollutants (PAHs, PCBs and PBDEs) in soils and sediments from remote lacustrine environments, Science of the total Environment, 493, 505-520 doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.05.002.
  • 2013* Chiarini, F., L Capotondi, R. B., Dunbar, F. Giglio, I. Mammi, D.A. Mucciarone, M. Ravaioli, T. Tesi, L. Langone, 2013, A revised sediment trap splitting procedure for samples collected in the Antarctic sea, Methods in Oceanography, 8, 13-22, doi: 10.1016/j.mio.2014.05.003.
  • 2013* Teneva, L., Dunckley, J.F., Dunbar, R.B., Mucciarone, D.A., Koseff, J.R., 2013, High-resolution carbon budgets on a Palau back-reef modulated by interactions between hydrodynamics and reef metabolism, Limnology and Oceanography, 58, 1851-1870, doi:10.4319/lo.2013.58.5.1851. 
  • 2013* Osborne, M.C., R.B. Dunbar, D.A. Mucciarone, J.-A. Sanchez-Cabeza, E. Druffel, 2013, Regional calibration of coral-based climate reconstructions from Palau, West Pacific Warm Pool (WPWP), Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 386, 308-320, 
  • 2012* | Druffel-Rodriguez, K.C., Vetter, D., Griffin, S.M., Druffel, E.R.M., Dunbar, R.B., Mucciarone, D.A., L.A. Ziolkowski, and Sanchez Cabeza, J.A., 2012, Radiocarbon and stable isotopes in Palmyra corals during the past century, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 76, doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2010.11.028.
  • 2011* | Long, M.C., Dunbar, R.B, Tortell, P.D., Smith, W.O., Mucciarone, D.A., and G.R. DiTullio, 2011, Vertical structure, seasonal drawdown, and net community production in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, C10029, doi:10.1029/2009JC005954.
  • 2011* | Moy, C.M., Dunbar, R.B., Guilderson, T.P., Waldmann, N., Mucciarone, D.A., Recasens, C., Ariztegui, D., Austin, J.A., and Anselmetti, F. S., 2011, A Geochemical and Sedimentary Record of High Southern Latitude Holocene Climate Evolution from Lago Fagnano, Tierra del Fuego, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 302, 1-13, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.11.011.
  • 2010* | Munro, D.R., Dunbar, R.B., Mucciarone, D.A., and Arrigo, K.R., 2010, Stable Isotope Composition of Dissolved Inorganic Carbon and Particulate Organic Carbon in Sea Ice from the Ross Sea, Antarctica, Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, 14pp., doi: 10.1029/2009JC005661.
  • 2009* | Roark, E.B., T.P. Guilderson, R.B. Dunbar, S.J. Fallon,  and D.A. Mucciarone, 2009, Extreme longevity in proteinaceous deep-sea corals, Proceedings National Academy of Sciences,  106, 5204-5208, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0810875106.
  • 2008* | Moy, C.M., R.B. Dunbar, P.I. Moreno, J.-P. Francois, R. Villa-Martinez, D.M. Mucciarone, T.P. Guilderson, and R. Garreaud, 2008, Isotopic Evidence for Hydrologic Change Related to the Westerlies in SW Patagonia, Chile During the Last Millennium, Quaternary Science Reviews, 27, 1335-1349.
  • 2008* | Thiessen, K., R.B. Dunbar, H.R. Rowe, and D.A. Mucciarone, 2008. Multi-decadal to century scale arid episodes on the northern Altiplano during the middle Holocene, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 257, 361-376.
  • 2007* | Thébault J., L. Chauvaud, J. Clavier, J. Guarini, R.B. Dunbar, R. Fichez, D.A. Mucciarone, and E. Morize, 2007, Reconstruction of seasonal temperature variability in the tropical Pacific Ocean from the shell of the scallop, Comptopallium radula. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 71(4), 918-928.
  • 2007* | Costa. E., R.B. Dunbar, K.A. Kryc, D.A. Mucciarone, Brachfield, S., Roark, E.B., Manley, P.L., Murray, R.W., and Leventer, A., 2007, Solar forcing and El nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) influences on productivity cycles interpreted from a late-Holocene high-resolution marine sediment record, Adelie Drift, East Antarctic Margin, U.S. Gelogical Survey and The National Academies, USGS OF-2007-1047, SRP036; doi:10.3133/of2007-1047.srp036.
  • 2007* | Riesselman, C.R., R.B. Dunbar, D.A. Mucciarone, and S.S. Kitasei, 2007, High resolution stable isotope and carbonate variability during the early Oligocene climate transition: Walvis Ridge (ODP Site 1263), in Antarctica: A Keystone in a Changing World – Online Proceedings of the 10th ISAES, edited by A.K. Cooper and C.R. Raymond et al., USGS Open File Report 2007–1047, Short Research Paper 095, 7 p.; doi:10.3133/of2007-1047.srp095.
  • 2005* | Chauvaud, L., R. Dunbar, A. Lorrain, D. Mucciarone, J. Cloern, G. Thouzeau, and Y-M. Paulet, 2005. The shell of the Great Scallop Pecten maximus as a tool for high frequency paleoenvironmental reconstruction, Geochem. Geophy. Geosyst, v. 6 n. 8.
  • 2005* | Marion, G.S., R.B. Dunbar, D.A. Mucciarone, J.M. Kremer, S. Lansing, and A. Arthawiguna, 2005, Coral skeletal 15N reveals isotopic traces of an agricultural revolution, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 50, 931-944.
  • 2004* | Lorrain, A., Y-M. Paulet, L. Chauvaud, R. Dunbar, D. Mucciarone, and M. Fontugne, 2004. δ13C variations in scallop shells: Increasing metabolic carbon contribution with body size? Geochim. et Cosmochim. Acta, v. 68, n. 17, 3509-3519.
  • 2003* | Mucciarone, D.A. and R.B. Dunbar, 2003. Stable isotope record of El Niño-Southern Oscillation events from Easter Island, In Easter Island: Scientific Exploration into the World's Environmental Problems in Microcosm, Edited by J. Loret and J.T.Tanacredi, e
  • 2003* | Theissen, K.M., R.B. Dunbar, A.K. Cooper, D.A. Mucciarone, and D. Hoffmann, 2003. The Pleistocene evolution of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet in the Prydz bay region: Stable isotopic evidence from ODP Site 1167, Global Planaetary Change, v. 39, 227-256
  • 2003* | Theissen, K.M., R.B. Dunbar, A.K. Cooper, D.A. Mucciarone, and D. Hoffmann, 2003. The Pleistocene evolution of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet in the Prydz bay region: Stable isotopic evidence from ODP Site 1167, Global Planaetary Change, v. 39, 227-256
  • 2003* | Rowe, H.D., T.P. Guilderson, R.B. Dunbar, J.R. Southon, JG.O. Seltzer, D.A. Mucciarone, S.C. Fritz, and P.A. Baker, 2003. Timing of Late Quaternary Lake Level Change: Lake Titicaca, South America, Global Planetary Change, 38, 273-290.
  • 2003* | Langone, L., R.B. Dunbar, D.A. Mucciarone, M. Ravaioli, R. Meloni and C.A. Nittrouer, 2003. Rapid sinking of biogenic material during the late austral summer in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, In Biogeochemistry of the Ross Sea, G.DiTullio and R. Dunbar, eds.,
  • 2002* | Rowe, H.R., R.B. Dunbar, D.A. Mucciarone, G.O. Seltzer, S. Fritz, and P.A. Baker, 2002, Insolation, moisture balance and climate change on the South American Altiplano since the Last Glacial Maximum, Climatic Change, 52, 175-199.
  • 2001* | Halfar, J, L. Godinez-Orta, G.A. Goodfriend, D.A. Mucciarone, J.C. Ingle, and P. Holden, 2001. Holocene-Pleistocene carbonate sedimentation and tectonic history of the La Paz area, Baja California Sur, Mexico, Sedimentary Geology, v. 144, 1-2, 149-177.
  • 2000* | Villinski, J.C., R.B. Dunbar, and D.A. Mucciarone, 2000. 13C/12C ratios of sedimentary organic matter from the Ross Sea, Antarctica: a record of sea-ice and open-water phytoplankton bloom dynamics, Journal of Geophysical Research, 105, 14, 163-172.
  • 1999* | Ferro, C.E., A.W. Droxler, J.B. Anderson, and D.A. Mucciarone, 1999. Late Quaternary shift of mixed siliciclastic-carbonate environments induced by glacial eustatic sea level in Belize. In Harris, P.M., Saller, A., and Simo, T. (Eds.) Advances in Carbonat
  • 1999* | Heymann, D., Dressler, B. O., Knell, J., Thiemens, M. H., Buseck, P. R., Dunbar, R. B., and Mucciarone, D., 1999, Origin of carbonaceous matter, fullerenes, and elemental sulfur in rocks of the Whitewatere Group, Sudbury impact structure, Ontario, Canada,
  • 1998* | Dunbar, R.B., A.R. Leventer, and D.A. Mucciarone, 1998. Biogenic sediment fluxes in the Ross Sea, Antarctica: Atmospheric and sea ice forcing, Journal of Geophysical Research 1093: 30, 741-30,760.
  • 1994* | Linsley, B.K., R.B. Dunbar, G.M. Wellington, and D.A. Mucciarone, 1994. A coral based reconstruction of intertropical convergence zone variability over Central America since 1707, J. Geophysical Research, Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 99, no. C5, 99
  • 1992* | Mucciarone, D.A. and R.B. Dunbar, 1992. Collection of CO2 for 13C/12C measurements and simultaneous C, H, N, and S analyses using an elemental analyzer, Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, v. 62, no. 4, 731-733.
  • 1991 | Dunbar, R.B., D.A. Mucciarone, and A.R. Leventer, 1991, Sediment trap experiments, Central and western Ross Sea, January-February, 1990: Antarctic Journal of the U.S., v. 26, 115-117.
  • 1990* | Droxler, A.W., G.A. Haddad, D.A. Mucciarone, and J.L. Cullen, 1990. Pliocene-Pleistocene aragonite cyclic variations in Ocean Drilling Program Holes 714A and 716B (The Maldives) compared to Hole 633A (The Bahamas): Records of climate induced CaCO3 preserv
  • 1990* | Mucciarone, D.A., and D.F. Williams, 1990. Stable isotope analyses of carbonate complicated by nitrogen oxide contamination: A Delaware Basin example, Journal Sedimentary Petrology, v. 60, no. 4, 608-614.
  • 1990 | Dunbar, R.B., D.A. Mucciarone, W.A. Jones, A.R. Leventer, A.R. Pyne, and C. Moser, 1990. Biogenic sediment fluxes in the western Ross Sea, Antarctic Journal of the U.S., v. 25, 100-103.
  • 1988* | Mucciarone, D.A., 1988. The effect of anomalous δ18O values on stratigraphic interpretations: Example from the Delaware Basin, west Texas, MS Thesis, 93p.

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