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A Photo of  Sathy Naidu

Contact Information

Institute of Marine Science
115 O'Neill
P.O. Box 757220
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7220
Phone: (907) 474-7032
Fax: (907) 474-7204

Sathy Naidu Professor Emeritus

Geological Oceanography


  • marine sedimentation processes in arctic waters
  • high latitude deltas
  • marine stratigraphy with special reference to Arctic paleoclimate and paleomonsoons

Research Overview

My research interests include lithological and chemical facies changes in modern sediments of the Arctic and Tropical deltas and the subarctic fjords, Holocene sedimentation, Pleistocene history of the Arctic Ocean, Bering Basin and paleomonsoons. Additional interests have been clay mineralogy, carbon and oxygen isotope stratigraphy, trace metal and radionuclide geochemistry of arctic marine sediments. I have also collaborated with biologists on benthic ecoysystem.

Current Research Projects

  • Historical changes in trace metal and hydrocarbon contaminants on the inner shelf, Beaufort Sea: Prior and subsequent to petroleum-related industrial developments (MMS-CMI)

Selected Publications

R.W. Macdonald, A. S. Naidu, M.B. Yunker, C. Gobeil.. The Beaufort Sea: distribution, sources, fluxes and burial of organic carbon. In: R. Stein and R.W. Macdonald (eds), The organic carbon cycle in the Arctic Ocean. Springer-Verlag, N.Y., Berlin, pp. 177-193. 2004.

A. S. Naidu, L. W. Cooper, J. M. Grebmeier, T. E. Whitledge, M. J. HameediThe continental margin of the North Bering-Chukchi Sea: concentrations, sources, fluxes, accumulation and burial rates of organic carbon. In: R. Stein and R.W. Macdonald (eds), The organic carbon cycle in the Arctic Ocean. Springer-Verlag, N.Y., Berlin, pages 193-203. 2004.

S. C. Jewett, X. Zhang, A. S. Naidu, J. J. Kelley, D. Dasher, L. K. Duffy. Comparison of mercury and methylmercury in northern pike and Arctic grayling from western Alaska rivers. Chemsphere, Volume 50, Number 3, pages 383-392. 2003.

A. S. Naidu, J. J. Kelley, J. J. Goering. Three decades of investigations on heavy metals in coastal sediments, North Arctic Alaska. Journal of Phys. IV France, Volume 107, pages 913-916. 2003.

X. Zhang, A. S. Naidu, J. J. Kelley, S. C. Jewett, D. Dasher, L. K. Duffy. Baseline concentrations of total mercury and methylmercury in salmon returning via the Bering Sea (1999-2000). Marine Pollution Bulletin, Volume 42, pages 993-997. 2001.

J. J. Kelley, A. S. Naidu, S. C. Jewett, L. K. Duffy, X. Zhang. Total and methyl mercury in muscles, livers and eggs of adult salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.) from Alaskan rivers draining into the east Bering Sea. 16th International Symposium on Okhotsk Sea & Sea Ice. Okhotsk Sea & Cold Ocean Research Association, Mombetsu, Hokkaido, Japan., page 248-254 - 2001.