Dr. Komada is a Professor of Chemistry at San Francisco State University. She has a Masters and PhD in Oceanography from Rutgers University and a B.A. in Chemistry from the International Christian University in Tokyo. Her research focuses on understanding the organic carbon cycle, with emphasis on the processes taking place at the land-ocean margin. She utilizes natural abundance radiocarbon (14C), in conjunction with the stable isotope 13C, to investigate the sources, cycling, and fate of various organic carbon pools in the environment. Her research topics of interest include: sediment biogeochemistry and the significance of coastal benthic processes in organic matter dynamics, composition of organic matter suspended in rivers and its fate in the ocean, and the role of organic-mineral associations in organic matter degradation and preservation.