Location: Bowdoin / Michele LaVigne

Earth and Oceanographic Science

Michèle LaVigne

Assistant Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science

Contact Information

Earth & Oceanographic Science

Druckenmiller Hall - 118

Teaching this semester

EOS 3515. Research in Oceanography: Topics in Paleoceanography

The ocean plays a key role in regulating Earth’s climate and serves as an archive of past climate conditions. The study of paleoceanography provides a baseline of natural oceanographic variability against which human-induced climate change must be assessed. Examination of the oceans’ physical, biological, and biogeochemical responses to external and internal pressures of Earth’s climate with focus on the Cenozoic Era (past 65.5 million years). Weekly labs and projects emphasize paleoceanographic reconstructions using deep-sea sediments, corals, and ice cores. Includes a laboratory and fulfills the 3000-level research experience course requirement for the EOS major.

Michele LaVigne: Bowdoin College


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

Lab webpage: michelelavigne.tumblr.com

Curriculum vitae (PDF)

LaVigne, M.* denotes undergraduate student author

*Serrato Marks, G., LaVigne, M., Hill, T., Sauthoff, W., Guilderson, T., Roark, E., Dunbar, R. (in prep) Ba/Ca ratios in North Pacific bamboo corals record changes in intermediate water chemistry. Paleoceanography.

LaVigne, M., Grottoli, A., Palardy, J., Sherrell, R. (in revision) Multi-colony calibrations of coral Ba/Ca with a contemporaneous in situ seawater barium record. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.

Hofmann G., Evans T., Kelly M., Padilla-Gamiño J., Blanchette C., Washburn L., Chan F., McManus M., Menge B., Gaylord B., Hill T., Sanford E., LaVigne M., Rose J., Kapsenberg L., Dutton J., (2014) Exploring local adaptation and the ocean acidification seascape – Studies in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem. Biogeosciences 11, 1053-1064.

LaVigne, M., Nurhati, I., Cobb, K., McGregor, H., Sinclair, D., Sherrell, R. (2013) ENSO- driven nutrient variability recorded by central equatorial Pacific corals. Geophysical Research Letters 40,1-6. Highlighted in: American Geophysical Union Research Spotlight: GRL, EOS

Pespeni M., Palumbi S., Sanford E., Gaylord B., Hill T.M., Hosfelt J., LaVigne M., Lenz E., Russell A.D., Young M. (2013) Evolutionary change during experimental ocean acidification. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110, 6937-6942.

LaVigne, M., Hill, T.M., Sanford, E., Gaylord, B. Russell, A.D., Lenz, E.A., Hosfelt, J.D., Young, M.K. (2013) The elemental composition of purple sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) calcite and potential effects of pCO2 during early life stages. Biogeosciences 10, 3465-3477.

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.