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:

Great Lakes CO2 Acidification paper published

Our assessment of the potential for CO2-induced acidification of the Great Lakes and other freshwater bodies was published in the June 2015 edition of Oceanography.  Find it here.

Editorial on education in Wisconsin

Professor McKinley wrote an editorial about education in Wisconsin; published June 23, 2015 in the Capital Times.

Amanda Fay’s P16N cruise

Amanda Fay blogged about her cruise on the R/V Ron Brown in May / June 2015. Here it is!

Congratulations Dr. Chen!

On April 29, 2015, Haidi Chen successfully defended her PhD. Great work and congratulations!

Haidi will be a postdoc at Princeton University starting in late summer 2015.

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Congratulations Dr. Pilcher!

On April 6, 2015, Darren Pilcher successfully defended his PhD. Congratulations!

In Summer 2015, Darren will start a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, WA.

Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences