I am a biogeochemical oceanographer who specializes in designing tracers in coastal models to ask questions about important processes in that environment. I am a research scientist at JISAO at the University of Washington, where I conduct research and sometimes have the opportunity to teach. I look at models as tools that integrate observations and theory. They can be used to investigate processes and mechanisms, or to try and understand future scenarios. My interests include:
- The role of the coastal ocean in global biogeochemical cycles
- How will climatic changes in sea level, winds, and stratification affect the exchange between the coastal and open ocean?
- How are dissolved nutrients transported onto and off continental margins? Is particulate organic matter transported differently than dissolved nutrients?
- Given the role of retention in governing spatial variability of hypoxia and probably ocean acidification as well, how will retention change in response to changing environmental conditions in the future?
- How important is freshwater discharge to local ocean acidification events?
- How important is the cycling of calcium carbonate in coastal regions to the surface alkalinity balance? How is that expected to change in the future?