IGERT Faculty

Alin, SimoneArmbrust, E. VirginiaAnderson, ChristopherAsah, StanleyBitz, CeciliaBranch, TrevorCarrington, EmilyDolsak, NivesEmerson, SteveEssington, TimothyFeely, RichardGrunbaum, DanielKeister, JulieKlinger, TerrieLaidre, KristinLeschine, ThomasLessard, EvelynLevin, PhilMcElhany, PaulMorris, RobertMurray, JamesNewton, JanSabine, ChristopherSachs, JulianSebens, KennethSummers, AdamThompson, LuAnne
Simone Alin

Simone Alin

Simone Alin is a Supervisory Oceanographer and marine chemist at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle. She also serves as an Affiliate Associate Professor in the UW School of Oceanography. Her research focuses on coastal and open-ocean carbon cycle processes and ocean acidification, with emphasis on the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem, Puget Sound, and the North Pacific.

Simone received her B.S. from Stanford University in 1993 in Biological Sciences and a Ph.D. from University of Arizona in 2001 in Geosciences. She held a fellowship from the NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship program to study large lake carbon cycling at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Large Lakes Observatory from 2001–2003. Following this, she studied the carbon cycles of large tropical river systems (Amazon, Mekong) at the University of Washington before commencing at NOAA in late 2007. At NOAA, Simone is actively involved in national and international efforts to synthesize marine carbon cycle data.

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E. Virginia Armbrust

Director, School of Oceanography

 

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Christopher Anderson

Associate Professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Dr. Anderson is on the IGERT POC Steering Committee.

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Stanley Asah

Assistant Professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

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Cecilia Bitz

Associate Professor, Atmospheric Sciences; Affiliate Physicist, Polar Science Center; Board Member, Program on Climate Change, all at University of Washington

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Trevor Branch

Assistant Professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

I am most interested in solving real-life biological problems through synthesis of multiple data types and through fitting mathematical models to data. These core interests have led me in a variety of directions. My most recent research focuses on global scale analysis of fisheries, including their current status and future directions, whether fishing down marine food webs is detectable in catches and in ecosystems, and which factors influence patterns in fishery development. I also have a long-standing interest in the human side of fisheries, including fishing behavior and fleet dynamics, and the impacts of individual transferable quotas (catch shares) on target stocks, discards, and the environment. Another major field of interest is the status and trends of large whale populations, particularly blue whales but also humpback and minke whales, interests which have led to papers on abundance estimation, changes in population size over time, and the separation of blue whale subspecies.

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Emily Carrington

Professor, Biology and Friday Harbor Labs

Emily Carrington is Professor of Biology at the University of
Washington. Her research is based at the Friday Harbor Laboratories
in the San Juan Islands, where she leads a marine biomechanics
research group and directs the Ocean Acidification Experimental
Laboratory. For over two decades, she has focused on the
mechanical design of marine invertebrates and macroalgae,
especially those that thrive in one of the most physically challenging
habitats on earth, the wave-swept rocky intertidal zone. Her work on
the ecomechanics of mussels and their byssal attachment links
materials science, fluid mechanics, organismal biology and
environmental science to develop mechanistic understanding of how
coastal organisms will fare in changing ocean climates.

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Nives Dolsak

Associate Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs; Associate Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

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Steve Emerson

Professor, School of Oceanography; Senior Fellow, Joint Institute for Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO); Board Member, Program on Climate Change (PCC)

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Timothy Essington

Associate Professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

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Richard Feely

Senior Scientist, NOAA PMEL Carbon Program

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Daniel Grunbaum

Associate Professor, School of Oceanography; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biology

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Julie Keister

Assistant Professor, School of Oceanography and Adjunct Assistant Professor,
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington

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Terrie Klinger

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Barer Professor of Sustainability Science in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington, Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fisheries Science, and Director of the IGERT Program on Ocean Change

 

Terrie Klinger’s research focuses on the ecology of nearshore benthic systems, the impacts of multiple stressors on marine ecosystem function, and the development of management strategies to reduce such impacts. She serves as Gubernatorial Appointee to the Northwest Straits Commission and is a member of the Ecosystem Advisory Sub-Panel of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council. She formerly served on the Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification and as Chair of the Olympic Coast Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

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Kristin Laidre

Ecologist, Polar Science Center, Applied Physics Lab; Assistant Professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Dr. Kristin Laidre is an ecologist at the Polar Science Center (Applied Physics Laboratory) and an assistant professor at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS). She is partially supported by the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in Nuuk, Greenland. She received her Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Washington and worked as NSF-funded post-doctoral fellow at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources between 2004 and 2006.  Kristin’s research is field-based and focused on studying the behavior, ecology, and population dynamics of Arctic marine mammals. She is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Cetacean Specialist Group and the IUCN Species Survival Commission Polar Bear Specialist Group, and has worked on the North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission Beluga and Narwhal scientific working group and the International Whaling Commission. She has participated in over 30 field expeditions in Greenland and authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed articles and 2 books on high-latitude marine mammals.

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Thomas Leschine

Member of  the IGERT POC Executive Board.

Thomas Leschine is Director of the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and Ben Rabinowitz Professor of the Human Dimensions of the Environment at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is also Adjunct Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences. His research interests are in the areas of environmental decision-making, marine environmental protection and restoration, and marine pollution management and policy.  He has served on numerous National Research Council panels and is currently the Chair of the NRC Marine Board. In Washington State he has served on the Nearshore Science Team of the Puget Sound Nearshore Partnership and as a member of the Puget Sound Partnership’s Science Panel. He was a member of the Washington State Pilotage Commission from 1992-98, having earlier led the U.S. Coast Guard team that produced the Federal On-Scene Coordinator’s Report following the 1989 T/V Exxon Valdez oil spill. Dr. Leschine received his PhD in mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh. His transition to a career in marine policy came by way of a postdoctoral fellowship in marine policy, and later as a Policy Associate, at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

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Evelyn Lessard

Professor, School of Oceanography

Dr. Lessard is on the IGERT POC Steering Committee.

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Phil Levin

Program Manager, Ecosystem Science, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center

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Paul McElhany

Research Ecologist, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center

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Robert Morris

Assistant Professor, School of Oceanography

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James Murray

Professor, School of Oceanography

Dr. Murray is on the IGERT POC Executive Board.

James W. Murray received a BA in Geology from the University of California in March, 1968 and a PhD in Chemical Oceanography from the MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Joint program in 1973. He has been at the University of Washington since 1973 where he is presently a Professor of Oceanography, an adjunct Professor of Chemistry and a
Senior Fellow in the Joint Institute for Study of the Atmosphere and Oceans (JISAO). He regularly teaches courses in Aquatic Chemistry, Chemical Oceanography, Environmental Chemical Modeling and seminars on Climate Change. In 2000 he founded the University
of Washington, Program on Climate Change and was Director from 2000 to 2006. He was a co-PI of the IPOC Proposal and is a member of the Executive Committee.

His main current research includes trace metals and new production in the equatorial Pacific, nitrogen cycling in the Black Sea (anammox, denitrification and nitrogen fixation) and biological impacts of ocean acidification. He led development of the new
Ocean Acidification Experimental Facility at the UW Friday Harbor Laboratories. A new project is fossil fuel energy availability and its uncertainty on climate change.

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Jan Newton

Senior Principal Oceanographer, Applied Physics Lab; Affiliate Assistant Professor, School of Oceanography

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Christopher Sabine

NOAA PMEL

Christopher L. Sabine is director of NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, WA. He also holds an affiliate faculty position in the University of Washington School of Oceanography and is a senior fellow at the UW/NOAA Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Oceans (JISAO). Sabine received his PhD. in chemical oceanography from the University of Hawaii in 1992. Since that time he has published over 120 journal articles and book chapters on carbon cycling. His current research focuses on understanding the global carbon cycle, the role of the ocean in absorbing CO2 released from human activity, and ocean acidification. He has been a scientific advisor for a number of national carbon programs in the U.S. and internationally. He has won several awards including the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award for pioneering research leading to the discovery of increased acidification in the world’s oceans and was recognized by the Intergovernmental Program on Climate Change (IPCC) for his contributions to the IPCC when they were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He is currently a coordinating lead author for working group 1 of the IPCC 5th assessment report, Chapter 6: Carbon and other Biogeochemical Cycles.

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Julian Sachs

Associate Professor, Oceanography and Program on Climate Change, University of Washington

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Kenneth Sebens

Director, Friday Harbor Laboratories; Professor, Department of Biology; Professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Dr.  Sebens is on the IGERT POC Executive Board.

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Adam Summers

Associate Director, Friday Harbor Laboratories; Associate Professor, Department of Biology; Associate Professor, School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences

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LuAnne Thompson

Professor, School of Oceanography; Director, Program on Climate Change

Professor LuAnne Thompson is a physical oceanographer in the School of Oceanography and adjunct professor in the Departments of Physics and Atmospheric Sciences.  She is currently serving as the Director of the University of Washington Program on Climate Change.  She received her PhD in 1991 from the Woods Hole/MIT Joint Program in Oceanography.  Her research focuses on the role of the ocean in climate variability and change.  She uses numerical models both run locally and at national centers as well as satellite observations to understand how ocean circulation interacts with the atmosphere and marine biogeochemical cycles.  She is also actively collaborating with faculty in the Department of Global Health to study the interaction of climate change with health and wellbeing of populations in resource poor countries.  In her role as Director of the UW PCC, she leads outreach efforts to high schools, an undergraduate minor in climate, and a Graduate Certificate in Climate Science.

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