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Geochemist Frank T. Manheim Retires from the USGS


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After a distinguished career as a senior research geochemist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) spanning nearly 4 decades, Frank Manheim has decided to "officially" retire, but expects to remain active and writing about science-related activities and national and international policy.

Frank started his career on January 1, 1964, in Woods Hole, MA, when plate tectonics was a fresh and highly debated theory and marine geochemistry was in its infancy. During his career, Frank has been a leader in marine geochemistry and in understanding environmental sedimentary systems. He has also led in research on hard minerals in the marine realm, in studies of the role of hydrology in coastal-plain regions, and, more recently, in the design of sediment data bases incorporating legacy data sets into relational data-base-management systems for mapping and interpreting sea-floor regions.

Frank has long been known for having boundless enthusiasm and "thinking big"; he is especially skilled at coupling new scientific hypotheses and ideas with cutting-edge technology. Frank wrote classic papers on Baltic Sea geochemistry, shallow-water ferromanganese deposits, world-ocean ferromanganese crusts, and Blake Plateau phosphorites and manganese deposits, all of which are still widely cited.

In addition to publishing more than 190 papers and reports, Frank has developed innovative equipment and techniques during his research. Pore-water squeezers developed for the world-ocean Deep Sea Drilling Project in 1968 are still standard equipment for the current International Phase of Ocean Drilling (IPOD) program and are used by USGS water-resources scientists for ground-water studies. In the early 1990s, Frank, working with Jack Hathaway and later Marilyn ten Brink, developed novel techniques for compiling chemical data bases for coastal contaminated sediment, using heterogeneous sources. Aspects of the approach have been adopted nationally by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Frank was a leader in student and minority recruitment at the USGS Woods Hole Field Center, an interest he has continued at USGS headquarters in Reston, VA. He was a professor and chairman of the College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, and an adjunct professor at State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook. Frank, one of the pioneers in marine geochemistry, has a career to be proud of. For the next stage in his life, Frank will be an emeritus scientist with the USGS in Reston, VA, and an affiliate professor in the School of Public Policy of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.


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Frank T. Manheim
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