Staff Profile

Adam Subhas

Preferred Name: Adam Subhas

Preferred Pronouns: he/him




Phone: 508 289 2399

Office: MCLEAN 205 

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,   Mail Stop 08
266 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA 02543


Lab/Group Site:

Some Info Adam received his B.S. in chemistry from Haverford College in 2009. After working for 2 years as a laboratory technician, he received his Ph.D. in Geochemistry from Caltech, working with Jess Adkins and Will Berelson (USC). He is now an Assistant Scientist in the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry department.


2017 Ph.D. Geochemistry, California Institute of Technology

2009 B.S. Chemistry/Biochemistry, Haverford College

Research Statement

I am interested in all of the organisms that grow shells in the ocean, and how these shells participate in the global cycling of carbon.  I design techniques, to be used both in the laboratory and in the field, for measuring thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of the inorganic carbon cycle.  A few current projects involve:

  1. Measuring the K’sp of biogenic calcium carbonates in the lab and in situ using spectrophotoemetric-pH saturometry
  2. Quantifying the contribution of coccolithophores and foraminifera to the global calcium carbonate budget over the last several glacial-interglacial cycles
  3. The influence of dissolution on foraminiferal metal-calcium ratios
  4. Impacts and biogeochemical feedbacks associated with ocean alkalinization as a mechanism for sequestering anthropogenic CO2
  5. Calcium carbonate dissolution rates using isotopically labeled materials

The lab is currently looking for graduate students and postdocs!  Please email if you would like more information about my lab and the work we do.

Links if you are interested in:

A Ph.D. through the MIT-WHOI Joint Program

The WHOI Postdoctoral scholar program