Michael DeGrandpre

Michael DeGrandpre

Professor of Chemistry

Office: Chemistry 318
Email: michael.degrandpre@umontana.edu


Applied Spectroscopy CHMY 544

Aquatic Chemistry CHMY 442

Advanced Instrumental Analysis CHMY 421 Syllabus and Lab Manual

Personal Summary

Mike DeGrandpre received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Washington in 1990. He carried out postdoctoral research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts from 1990 to 1993 and held a research associate position there from 1993 through 1995. He joined the chemistry faculty at UM in January of 1996. Mike is an analytical/environmental chemist specializing in developing and using autonomous sensors to study aquatic biogeochemistry and the ocean carbon cycle. 

Research Interests

My research focuses on the development of autonomous chemical sensors for applications in aquatic (marine and freshwater) chemistry. One of our primary goals is to further our understanding of CO2’s sources and sinks within the world's oceans. Our research has resulted in the development of autonomous CO2 and pH sensors (the Submersible Autonomous Moored Instruments or SAMIs), a technology that won the 2015 Ocean Health XPRIZE.  By deploying the SAMI sensors on ocean moorings and other unmanned platforms, we have determined to what extent processes such as photosynthesis and air-sea gas exchange control CO2 variability.  These results will help develop models to predict the effects of global warming and ocean acidification (the decrease in ocean pH caused by anthropogenic CO2). Our recent field work has primarily focused on the processes that control CO2 in both freshwater (rivers and lakes) and marine environments. Our current field efforts are focused on the Arctic Ocean, where we have found that sea surface CO2 levels are increasing as ice cover diminishes, the first clear evidence that warming in the Arctic is altering the Arctic Ocean carbon cycle. Closer to home, we are also working closely with other aquatic scientists studying the biogeochemical cycling in local and regional rivers. Check out this video documenting our Arctic research expeditions! https://youtu.be/QMmQ0mMycXE


Check out our NSF sponsored ocean acidification exhibit developed for UM's science museum spectrUM!

Selected Publications

DeGrandpre, M.D., C-Z. Lai, M.-L. Timmermans, R. A. Krishfield, A. Proshutinsky, and D. Torres (2019).  Inorganic carbon and pCO2variability during ice formation in the Beaufort Gyre of the Canada Basin, J. Geophys. Res. – Oceans, 124, 4017–4028, https://doi.org/10.1029/ 2019JC015109.

Tilbrook, B., Jewett, E.B., DeGrandpre, M.D., Hernandez-Ayon, J.M., Feely, R.A., Gledhill, D.K., Hansson, L.,  Isensee, K., Kurz, M.L., Newton, J.A., Siedlecki, S.A., Chai, F., Dupont, S., Graco, M.I., Calvo, E., Greeley, D., Kapsenberg, L., Lebrec, M., Pelejero, C., Schoo, K. and T. Maciej (2019). An Enhanced Ocean Acidification Observing Network: From People to Technology to Data Synthesis and Information Exchange, Front. Mar. Sci., 6, 337, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00337.

Benway, H.M., Lorenzoni, L., White, A.E., Fiedler, B., Levine, N., Nicholson, D.P., DeGrandpre, M.D., Sosik, H.M., Church, M.J., O'Brien, T.D., Leinen, M., Weller, R.A., Karl, D.M., Henson, S., and R.M. Letelier (2019). Ocean Time Series Observations of Changing Marine Ecosystems: An Era of Integration, Synthesis, and Societal Applications, Front. Mar. Sci., 6, 393, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00393.

DeGrandpre, M., Evans, W., Timmermans, M.-L., Krishfield, R., Proshutinsky, A., Steele, M., and W. Williams (2019). Changes in the Arctic Ocean carbon cycle with diminishing ice cover, in revision. 

Lai, C.-Z., DeGrandpre, M., and R. Darlington (2018). Autonomous optofluidic chemical analyzers for marine applications: Insights from the Submersible Autonomous Moored Instruments (SAMI) for pH and pCO2,Front. Mar. Sci., 4, doi:10.3389/fmars.2017.00438. invited manuscript

Islam, F., M. D. DeGrandpre, C. M. Beatty, M.-L. Timmermans, R. A. Krishfield, J. M. Toole, and S. R. Laney (2017), Sea surface pCO2 and Odynamics in the partially ice-covered Arctic Ocean, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 122, doi:10.1002/2016JC012162. Highlighted in the AGU newsletter EOS - https://eos.org/research-spotlights/how-arctic-ice-affects-gas-exchange-between-air-and-sea.

Lai, C-Z., DeGrandpre, M. D., Wasser, B., Brandon, T., Clucas, D., Jaqueth, E. J., Benson, Z., Beatty, C. M. and R. S. Spaulding (2016). Spectrophotometric measurement of freshwater pH with purified meta-cresol purple and phenol red, Limnol. Oceanogr. Methods, doi: 10.1002/lom3.10137.

For a full list of publications, please view DeGrandpre CV

Specialized Research Interests

Development of autonomous chemical sensors, particularly CO2 and pH, for applications in aquatic (marine and freshwater chemistry).

Home Department

Department of Chemsitry and Biochemistry 

Area of Expertise

Analytical/Environmental Chemistry; Aquatic Biogeochemistry; Autonomous Chemical Sensors for Aquatic Chemistry; Ocean Carbon Cycle