Department of Chemistry Biochemistry


Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley, 1987

  Office: PSC-306A  Lab: C-354
  Phone: (480)965-0631  
  Fax: (480) 965-2747

 Dr. EVERETT SHOCK's Lab or Group Website

Research and Teaching Interests

Shock and members of his research group divide their time among building algorithms to estimate thermodynamic data; analyzing water, sediment, rock and biological samples; integrating analytical and thermodynamic data in models of geochemical and microbial processes; and testing ideas about the transport of water and solutes through the environment, the biogeochemical processes of the subsurface biosphere, and the potential for life on other planets. Shock has served on several NASA, Ocean Drilling Program, National Science Foundation and National Research Council committees that have focused on the support of life in extreme environments on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system. More information about the Biogeochemistry program at ASU can be found at:

Shock’s analytical, experimental, and molecular biogeochemistry laboratories feature state-of-the-art analytical facilities for water, gas, and biological samples including high-resolution inductively-coupled-plasma mass spectrometry (HR-ICP-MS, Finnigan Element-2), ion chromatography, gas chromatography, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, and electrospray ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry for aqueous organic analysis. Shock’s group has experience with analysis of hot spring, hydrothermal, river, spring, lake and seawater samples, as well as analysis of trace elements in basalts, meteorites, carbonates, fish otoliths, mollusk shells, individual mineral grains and fluid inclusions, soils, petroleum, coal, wood, leaves, biofilms, mammal tissue, and a variety of man-made materials via microwave digestion and HR-ICP-MS. The lab also supports ongoing field work at Yellowstone focused on the geochemical support of organisms on the deepest and shortest Bacteria and Archaea branches of the universal phylogenetic tree, as well as geochemical characterization of the flow of energy that supports the extreme genetic diversity of individual hot springs.

Microbiological and molecular facilities, within the biogeochemistry lab, include a custom-designed Zeiss microscope that combines fluorescence and petrographic microscopy; together with equipment for culturing psychrophilic, mesophilic, thermophilic and hyperthermophilic bacteria and archaea; and equipment for amplifying, visualizing, and hybridizing DNA and RNA. Experimental facilities provide the means to grow microorganisms under controlled conditions allowing exploration of the impact of changes in geochemically relevant variables.

Computing resources, including a Sun V880 server, and additional Unix, PC and Mac machines, are available for thermodynamic and kinetic model calculations and estimation of thermodynamic data. Shock’s group has a tradition of generating and/or enhancing equations of state for aqueous solutions, developing methods to estimate thermodynamic data that are not available from experiments, and modeling the consequences of reactions among aqueous fluids, rocks, organic matter and microorganisms.

Keck Laboratory for Environmental Biogeochemistry: The newly established W. M. Keck Foundation Laboratory for Environmental Biogeochemistry is a focal point for research at the molecular intersection of chemistry, geosciences and biology at ASU. Research in the Laboratory is overseen by a four-member Executive Council that includes Ariel Anbar, Nancy Grimm, Laurie Leshin, and Everett Shock, and is chaired by Shock in his capacity as Director. The centerpiece of the Keck Laboratory is a newly renovated laboratory complex that occupies contiguous space in the basement of the “F-Wing” of the Bateman Physical Sciences Building. These facilities include a Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, a General Chemistry Laboratory for experiments and sample preparation, office space for technical staff, and a meeting room. These spaces commingle with the Anbar’s research facilities, including a Metal-Free Clean Laboratory and a “Metallomics” lab for research on metals in biological systems. Renovation of these facilities, is scheduled to be completed by August 2004, and research will begin in the Keck lab during the 2004-2005 academic year. These facilities are described in more detail at the lab website (

Selected Publications

"Stable isotope labeling confirms mixatrophic nature of streamer biofilm communities at alkaline hot springs.," Schubotz, F., Hays, L., Meyer-Dombard, D.R., Gillespie, A., Shock, E.L., and Summons, R.E., Frontiers in Microbiology 6:42 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00042. (2015)

"Organic oxidations using geomimicry.," Yang, Z., Hartnett, H.E., Shock, E.L. and Gould, I.R., J. Org. Chem. 80 12159-12165 (2015)

"Principles of geobiochemistry," Shock, E.L., and Boyd, E.S., Elements 11 395-401 (2015)

"Prerequisites for explosive cryovolcanism on dwarf planet-class Kuiper belt objects.," Neveu, M. Desch, S.J., Shock, E.L. and Glein, C.R., Icarus 246 48-64 (2015)

"Sphalerite is a geochemical catalyst for carbon-hydrogen bond activation. ," Shipp, J., Gould, I.R., Shock, E.L., Williams, L.B., and Hartnett, H.E., PNAS 111 11642-11645 (2014)

"Group contribution values for the thermodynamic functions of hydration at 298.15 K, 0.1 MPa. 3. Aliphatic monoethers, diethers, polyethers.," Plyasunov, A.V., Plyasunova, N.V., and Shock, E.L., Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data 51 276-290 (2006)

"Group contribution values for the thermodynamic functions of hydration at 298.15 K, 0.1 MPa. 4. Aliphatic nitriles and dinitriles.," Plyasunov, A.V., Plyasunova, N.V., and Shock, E.L., Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data 51 1481-1490 (2006)

"Thermodynamic constraints on fayalite formation on parent bodies of chondrites.," Zolotov, M.Yu., Mironenko, M. V. and Shock, E.L. , Meteoritics & Planetary Science 41 1775-1796 (2006)

"Minerals as sources of metabolic energy.," Shock, E.L., In: Microbe-Mineral Interactions (eds.: P. Maurice and L. Warren) in press (2006)

"Rapid transport of anthropogenic lead through soils in southeast Missouri.," Prapaipong, P., Morris, J.D. Lindvall, RE, and Shock, E. L., Applied Geochemistry in press (2006)

"Group contribution values for the thermodynamic functions of hydration at 298.15 K, 0.1 MPa. 2. Aliphatic thiols, alkyl sulfides, and polysulfides.," Plyasunova, N.V., Plyasunov, A.V., and Shock, E.L. , Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data 50 246-253 (2005)

"Geochemical sources of energy for microbial metabolism in hydrothermal ecosystems: Obsidian Pool, Yellowstone National Park, USA. Geothermal Biology and Geochemistry in YellowstoneNational Park," E.L. Shock, M. Holland, D. Meyer-Dombard and J.P. Amend, Thermal Biology Institute, Montana State University 95-112 (2005)

"Archaeal and bacterial communities in geochemically diverse hot springs of Yellowstone National Park, USA.," Meyer-Dombard, D.R., Shock, E.L. and Amend, J.P., Geobiology 32 211-227 (2005)

"Formation of jarosite-bearing deposits through aqueous oxidation of pyrite at Meridiani Planum, Mars.," Zolotov, M.Yu. and Shock, E.L., Geophysical Research Letters 32 doi:10.1029/2005GL024253 (2005)

"Geochemical energy sources that support the subseafloor biosphere," E.L. Shock and M.E. Holland, The Subseafloor Biosphere at Mid-Ocean Ridges. American Geophysical Union in press 153-165 (2004)

"Database of thermodynamic properties for aqueous organic compounds," N.V. Plyasunova, A.V. Plyasunov and E.L. Shock, International Journal of Thermophysics 25 351-360 (2004)

"A model for low temperature biogeochemistry of sulfur, carbon and iron on Europa," Zolotov, M.Yu. and E.L. Shock, Jour. Geophys. Res.   109 doi:10.1029/ 2003JE002194 (2004)

"Group contribution values for the thermodynamic functions of hydration of aliphatic esters at 298.15K and 0.1Mpa.," A.V. Plyasunov, N.V. Plyasunova and E.L. Shock, Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data 49 1152-1167 (2004)

"Coupled organic systhesis and mineral alteration on meteorite parent bodies," M. Schulte and E. Shock, Meteoritics and Planetary Science 39 1577-1590 (2004)

"Water and solute sources in an urban stream, River des Peres, St. Louis, Missouri," E.L. Shock, K. Carbery, N. Noblitt, B. Schnall, P. Kogan, S. Rovito, A. Berg and J. Liang, At the Confluence: Rivers, Floods, andWater Quality in the St. Louis Region 150-160 (2003)

"Water quality in the karst terrain of southwestern Illinois," A.M. Stueber, E.L. Shock, M.T. Abendroth, G.A. Calero and A.C. Torrico, At the Confluence: Rivers, Floods, andWater Quality in the St. Louis Region 200-224 (2003)

"Second cross virial coefficients for interactions involving water. Critical data compilation.," A.V. Plyasunov and E.L. Shock, Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data 48 808-821 (2003)

"Second cross virial coefficients for interactions involving water. Correlations and group contribution values," A.V. Plyasunov, E.L. Shock and R.H. Wood, Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data 48 1463-1470 (2003)

"Energy for biologic sulfate reduction in a hydrothermally formed ocean on Europa," Zolotov, M.Yu. and E.L. Shock, Jour. Geophys. Res. 108 No.E4 5022 (2003)

"Prediction of the vapor-liquid distribution constants for volatile nonelectrolytes in H 2O up to the critical temperature of water," A.V. Plyasunov and E.L. Shock, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 67 4981-5009 (2003)

"Energetics of chemolithoautotrophy in the hydrothermal system of Vulcano Island, southern Italy.," J.P. Amend, K.L. Rogers, E.L. Shock, S. Gurrieri and S. Inguaggiato, Geobiology 1 37-58 (2003)

"Seeds of life?," E.L. Shock, Nature 416 380-381 (2002)

"Merging genomes with geochemistry in hydrothermal ecosystems," A.-L. Reysenbach and E.L. Shock, Science 296 1077-1082 (2002)