Location: Bowdoin / Michele LaVigne

Earth and Oceanographic Science

Michéle LaVigne

Assistant Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science

Contact Information

Earth & Oceanographic Science
118 Druckenmiller Hall

Current teaching schedule available on the public course finder.

Michele LaVigne: Bowdoin College


  • Ph.D. Oceanography: 2010
    Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ
  • B.A. Environmental Chemistry/Geology: 2003
    Hampshire College Amherst, MA

Personal site: michelelavigne.tumblr.com

Curriculum vitae (PDF)

LaVigne, M.LaVigne, M., Hill, T.M., Sanford, E., Gaylord, B. Russell, A.D., Lenz, E.A., Young, M.K., Hosfelt, J.D. Trace elemental composition and the effect of CO2 on juvenile purple sea urchin calcite (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus). In prep

LaVigne, M., Nurhati, I. S., Cobb, K. M., McGregor, H., Sinclair, D., Sherrell, R. M. ENSO- driven nutrient variability recorded by central equatorial Pacific corals. In prep

LaVigne, M., Harazin, K., Sherrell, R. M., DeLong, K., Reich, C.D., Poore, R., Lazar, B. Coralline P/Ca records from low phosphate environments: Implications for the skeletal phosphorus incorporation mechanism and downcore preservation. In prep

Pespeni M., Palumbi S., Sanford E., Gaylord B., Hill T.M., Hosfelt J., LaVigne M., Lenz E., Russell A.D., Young M. Evolutionary change during experimental ocean acidification. Submitted: Nature Climate Change

Hill, T.M., LaVigne, M., Spero, H.J., Guilderson, T.P., Gaylord, B., Clague, D. (2012) Variations in seawater Sr/Ca recorded in deep-sea bamboo corals. Paleoceanography, 27, PA 3202.

LaVigne, M., Hill, T.M, Spero, H.J., Guilderson, T.P. (2011) Bamboo coral Ba/Ca: Calibration of a new deep ocean refractory nutrient proxy. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 312, 506-515.

Hill, T.M., Spero, H.J., Guilderson, T., LaVigne, M., Clague, D., Macalello, S., Jang, N. (2011) Temperature and vital effect controls on Bamboo coral (Isididae) isotope geochemistry: A test of the “lines method”. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 12, Q04008

Anagnostou, E., Sherrell, R. M., Gagnon, A., LaVigne, M., Field, M. P., McDonough, W. (2011) Seawater nutrient and carbonate ion concentrations recorded as P/Ca, Ba/Ca, and U/Ca in the deep-sea coral D. dianthus. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75, 2529- 2543

LaVigne, M., Matthews, K. A., Grottoli, A. G., Cobb, K. M., Cabioch, G., Sherrell, R. (2010) Coral skeleton P/Ca proxy: multi-colony calibration with a contemporaneous seawater phosphate record. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 74, 1282-1293.

*LaVigne, M., Field, M. P., Anagnostou, E. Grottoli, A, G., Wellington, G., Sherrell, R. M., (2008) Skeletal P/Ca tracks upwelling in Gulf of Panamá coral: Evidence for a new seawater phosphate proxy. Geophysical Research Letters 35, L05604.
Science Editor’s Choice 21 March 2008: vol. 319 p.1590 American Geophysical Union Journal Highlight: GRL, EOS

Helman, Y. Natale, F. Sherrell, R. LaVigne, M. Starovoytov, V., Gorbunov, M. Y., and Falkowski, P. G. (2008) Extracellular matrix production and calcium carbonate precipitation by coral cells in vitro. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105, 54-58.

Field, M. P., LaVigne, M., Murphy, K. R., Ruiz, G. M., Sherrell, R. M. (2007) Direct determination of P, V, Mn, As, Mo, Ba and U in seawater by SF-ICP-MS. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 22, 1145-1151.

Draxler, A.F.J. Sherrell, R.M. Wieczorek, D. LaVigne, M. and Paulson, A.J. (2005) Manganese concentration in lobster (Homarus Americanus) gills as an index of exposure to reducing conditions in western Long Island Sound. Journal of Shellfish Research 24, 815-820.

Spring 2013

  • Marine Biogeochemistry: Past, Present, and Future Oceanographic Perspectives. EOS 252 (ES 2525)
  • Earth Climate History: EOS 302 (ES 3020)