Athletic Association Professor of Arts & Sciences
159 Marine Sciences Bldg
Office Phone:  (706) 542-5893
142-144 Marine Sciences Bldg
Lab Phone: 
(706) 542-6818


Ph.D. 1993, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

B.Sc. 1987, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Research Emphasis:

Activities in the Joye Research Group aim to discover, document, resolve, and understand the complex interactions that drive elemental cycling in coastal and open ocean environments across the globe. Our purpose is to elucidate feedbacks between environmental, microbiological, and biogeochemical dynamics. Our research examines the effects of climate change and anthropogenic disturbances on critical environmental processes to gain a better understanding of how future changes in forcing (e.g. temperature, salinity, sea level, storm frequency, etc.) will affect ecosystem function.



Samantha B. Joye's Selected Publications

Dohm J.M, Miyamoto H., Ori G.G., Fairen A.G., Davila A.F., Komatsu G., Mahaney W.C., Williams P., Joye SB, others 27.  2011.  Prime candidate environments for life detection on Mars. Geological Society of America, Frontiers Volume, “Analogs for Planetary Exploration. Special Paper:486.
Joye SB, MacDonald I.R., Leifer I., Asper V..  2011.  Magnitude and oxidation potential of hydrocarbon gases released from the BP blowout. Nature Geoscience. 4:160-164.
Wade T.L., Sweet S.T., Sericano J.L., Guinasso N.L., Diercks A.R., Highsmith R.C., Asper V.L., Joung D., Shiller A.M., Lorehnz S.E. et al..  2011.  Analyses of water samples from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Documentation of the Sub-Surface Plume. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, Geophysical Monograph. 195:77-82.
Feller I.C., Lovelock C., McKee K., Berger U., Joye SB, Ball M..  2010.  Biocomplexity in Mangrove Ecosystems. Annual Review of Marine Science. 2:395-417.
Orcutt B.N., Joye SB, Kleindienst S., Knittel K., Ramette A., Reitz A., Samarkin V.A., Truede T., Boetius A..  2010.  Impact of natural oil and higher hydrocarbons on microbial diversity, distribution and activity in Gulf of Mexico cold seep sediments. Deep Sea Research. 10:doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2010.05.014.
Bowles M.W., Samarkin V.A., Bowles K.L.M., Joye SB.  2010.  Weak coupling between sulfate reduction and the anaerobic oxidation of methane in methane-rich seafloor sediments in ex situ incubations. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 75:500-519.
Wankel S.D., Joye SB, Samarkin V.A., Shah S., Friderich G., Melas-Kryiazi J., Girguis P.R..  2010.  New constraints on diffusive methane fluxes and rates of anaerobic methane oxidation in a Gulf of Mexico brine pool through the use of a deep sea in situ mass spectrometer. Deep Sea Research. 10:doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2010.05.009.
Bowles M.W., Joye SB.  2010.  High rates of denitrification and nitrate consumption in cold seep sediments. The ISME Journal. 5:565-567.
Joye SB, Bowles M.W., Samarkin V.A., Hunter K.S., Niemann H..  2010.  Biogeochemical signatures and microbial activity of different cold seep habitats along the Gulf of Mexico lower slope. Deep Sea Research. 10:doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2010.06.001.
Joye SB, MacDonald I.R..  2010.  Offshore oceanic impacts from the BP oil spill.. Nature Geoscience. 38:446.