Mission Scientist, Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean and NOAA PMEL


Bio: I’m a scientist at the University of Washington’s Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) working at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratories. I joined NOAA PMEL to work on the $2M Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE to improve pH sensors. Before UW/NOAA, I set up an ocean acidification laboratory for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s Bocas del Toro research station in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Previously, I researched the effects of climate change on corals at the University of Miami. These positions all used carbonate chemistry analyses for different applications (validating instruments, measuring coral metabolism, etc)

How I’m involved with the 2016 West Coast Ocean Acidification Cruise: My colleague, Julian Herndon, was measuring alkalinity on leg 1 in addition to his co-chief duties. Alkalinity is the slowest analysis on the ship, so it was not ideal for him to split his time. I measured alkalinity for years as a graduate student and the system we’re using is fairly robust, so it was an easy decision to help.