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Jaye E. Cable, Ph.D. - UNC-Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC, US

Jaye E. Cable, Ph.D. Jaye E. Cable, Ph.D.

Chair, Environment, Ecology and Energy Program (E3P), and Professor, Department of Marine Sciences College of Arts and Sciences | UNC-Chapel Hill


Jaye Cable focuses on Groundwater-Surface Interactions, Geochemistry and Wetland Hydrology.





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Jaye Cable's research includes groundwater-surface water interactions in coastal systems and in streams, wetland hydrology, and wetland sediment accretion and carbon burial. Her students and she apply geochemical tracers to quantify marine and environmental processes.
She is a 2013 WOWS Working on Women in Science Scholar and a 2016 IAH Academic Leadership Fellow.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Coastal Hydrology and Geochemistry

Subterranean Estuaries and Groundwater Discharge

Low Temperature Geochemistry / Biogeochemistry

Wetland Hydrology and Hydrodynamics

Accomplishments (1)

Active Grants

NSF-ADVANCE Adaptation: Targeting Equity in Access to Mentoring (TEAM) ADVANCE, E. Malloy, R. Blouin, J. Cable, K. Caldwell, K. Roo, (2018-2021, 3 years, $989,536 UNC-Collaboratory, Bathymetry in Jordan Lake, J.E. Cable and K. Gootman, 12 months, $21,000 (July 2018 - June 2019, 1 year) NSF-RAPID: Hurricane Harvey Impacts on Local to Landscape Scale Salt Marsh Carbon Storage, J.E. Cable, J.M. Arriola, T. Pavelsky, 2017-2018, 1 year +2nd year NCE, $86,762

Education (2)

Florida State University: Ph.D., Chemical Oceanography 1996

University of South Carolina: B.S., Marine Science 1989

Media Appearances (1)

New research: Ancient bayous pull water from the Mississippi, creating ‘missing river’

The Lens  online


“Because radon concentrations in groundwater greatly exceed those of surface waters, it can be used to quantify groundwater inputs if all other radon sources and sinks are budgeted,” Kolker writes in an article co-authored by research scientists Jaye Cable, Karen Johannesson, Mead Allison and Lorna Inniss and just published in the Journal of Hydrology...

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Event Appearances (4)

Event Appearances

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 11-15. New Orleans, LA, Groundwater Discharge to Upper Barataria Basin Driven by Mississippi River Stage  

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The 10th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference, Changshu, China, 19-24 September 2016, Sea Level Rise and Carbon Storage in the Mississippi River Delta  

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Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, Portland, Oregon, 8-11 November 2015, Carbon burial in a deltaic salt marsh of coastal Louisian  na

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Global SGD Data Synthesis Workshop, Seoul, Korea, 28 Oct – 1 Nov 2013, Nitrogen Cycling in the Subterranean Estuary (INVITED)  

Articles (7)

Recent publications

Various publications

*Telfeyan, K., *Breaux, A., *Kim, J., Kolker, A.S., Cable, J.E., Johannesson, K.H. 2018. Cycling of oxyanion-forming trace element in groundwaters from a freshwater deltaic marsh, Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science, in press *Arriola, J. and Cable, J.E. 2017, Variations in carbon burial and sediment accretion along a tidal creek in a Florida salt marsh, Limnology and Oceanography doi: 10.1002/lno.10652. *Telfeyan, K., *Breaux, A., *Kim, J., Cable, J.E., Kolker, A.S., Grimm, D.A., Johannesson, K.H. 2017. Arsenic, vanadium, iron, and manganese biogeochemistry in a deltaic wetland, southern Louisiana, USA, Marine Chemistry doi: 10.1016/j.marchem.2017.03.010 Day, J.W., Cable, J.E, Lane, R.R., Kemp, G.P. 2016. Sediment deposition at the Caernarvon Crevasse during the great Mississippi flood of 1927: Implications for coastal restoration, Water 8(2): 38, doi: 10.3390/w8020038 Girdler, S., Birken, S., Eisenlohr-Moul, T., *Ramdeen, S., *Vardell, E., Cable, J., Parker, P., 2016. Stress and Burnout for Women in Academic STEM: Implications for Mentoring, Proceedings of the 9th Annual Mentoring Conference, Oct 2016, New Mexico. *Chevis, D.A., Johannesson, K.H., Burdige, D.J., Cable, J.E., Martin, J.B., Roy, M. 2015. Rare earth element cycling in a sandy subterranean estuary in Florida (USA), Marine Chemistry 176: 34-50, doi: 10.1016/j.marchem.2015.07.003 Liu, K-B., *McCloskey, T.A., *Bianchette, T.A., Keller, G., Lam, N., Cable, J.E., *Arriola, J. 2014. Hurricane Isaac storm surge deposition in a coastal wetland along Lake Pontchartrain, southern Louisiana, Journal of Coastal Research SI#70: 266-271, doi: 10.2112/SI70-045. Wang, X., Chen, R.F., Cable, J.E., Cherrier, J. 2014. Leaching and microbial degradation of dissolved organic matter from salt marsh plants and seagrasses, Aquatic Science 76: 595-609, doi 10.1007/s00027-014-0357-4. Kolker, A.S., Cable, J.E., Johannesson, K.H., Allison, M., Inniss, L. 2013, Pathways and Processes Associated with the Transport of Groundwater in Deltaic Systems, Jour. of Hydrol. 498: 319-334. *Roy, M., Martin, J.B., Cable, J.E., *Smith, C.G. 2013. Variations of iron flux and organic carbon remineralization in a subterranean estuary caused by inter-annual variations in recharge, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 103: 301-315.

"Influence of sea level rise on iron diagenesis in an east Florida subterranean estuary"

Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Journal of The Geochemical Society and The Meteoritical Society

2010 Authors: Roy, M.; Martin, J.B.; Cherrier, J.; Cable, J.E.; and Smith, C.G.

Investigation of submarine groundwater discharge

Hydrological Processes

2002 ABSTRACT: Coastal hydrogeologists and oceanographers now recognize the potentially significant contribution that submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) could make to the coastal ocean. SGD may be both volumetrically and chemically important to coastal water ...

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Magnitude and variations of groundwater seepage along a Florida marine shoreline


1997 ABSTRACT: Direct groundwater inputs are receiving increasing attention as a potential source of nutrients and otherdissolved constituents to the coastal ocean. Seepage into St. George Sound, Florida was measured extensively from 1992 to 1994 using seepage meters. ...

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Estimating groundwater discharge into the northeastern Gulf of Mexico using radon-222

Earth and Planetary Science Letters

1996 Submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) may provide important chemical constituents to the ocean, but the dispersed nature of this process makes locating and quantifying its input extremely difficult. Since groundwater contains 3–4 orders of magnitude greater radon ...

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Application of 222Rn and CH4 for assessment of groundwater discharge to the coastal ocean

Limnology and Oceanography

1996 ABSTRACT: Groundwater discharge is a neglected source of freshwater and dissolved constituents to the ocean. It can occur via diffuse seepage and point source spring discharge. Two naturally occurring trace gases, 222Rn and CH41 are present in ...

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The importance of groundwater discharge to the methane budgets of nearshore and continental shelf waters of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico

Geochima et Cosmochimica Acta

1996 Methane concentrations in groundwater (wells, sinkholes, and springs) averaged 61±9 μM, while concentrations in nearshore and continental shelf waters within the study area averaged 62±7 nM and 27±5x nM, respectively. We tested the hypothesis that the three ...

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