Associate Professor
Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
University of Wisconsin - Madison

I study the interplay of physical structures and biogeochemical processes in large water bodies that drives large-scale carbon cycling and primary productivity. This requires an interdisciplinary approach across a range of fields: from fluid dynamics to aquatic chemistry and ecology. I use numerical models, historical datasets, and remote sensing as my primary tools. In my current projects, my research group and I are working to (1) assess change in the global ocean carbon sink from trends in observed surface ocean pCO2, (2) quantify recent carbon uptake and productivity changes in the North Atlantic, (3) directly separate internal variability from anthropogenic change in the ocean carbon sink using large ensembles of coupled climate models, and (4) assess whole-lake biogeochemical cycling under a range of anthropogenic stressors in the Laurentian Great Lakes.

Current Events:

New papers

Darren Pilcher’s paper on the large-scale circulation and coupling to biogeochemistry and carbon in Lake Michigan is in press with Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans. Find it here.

Amanda Fay and Professor McKinley have contributed to Nikki Lovenduski’s new paper on Southern Ocean carbon trends in Global Biogeochemical Cycles. Find it here.

Jenn Phillips paper on CO2 acidification in the Great Lakes has been accepted for publication in Oceanography.

Women in Oceanography

The Oceanography Society has just published its second compilation of autobiographical profiles of female oceanographer.   There are so many great stories to expore! A full list is here.

The autobiographical profile for Professor McKinley can be seen here.

New paper on Southern Ocean pCO2 trends

In collaboration with Nicole Lovenduski at University of Colorado Boulder, Amanda Fay and Professor McKinley have published a paper on observed changes on Southern Ocean pCO2 in recent decades. See the paper here.

Congratulations to Darren Pilcher on a successful Preliminary Exam

Darren Pilcher is now officially a dissertator, and intends to graduate in Spring 2015.

Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences