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.
Our assessment of the potential for CO2-induced acidification of the Great Lakes and other freshwater bodies has been published in an Oceanography special issue. Find it here.
Professor McKinley wrote an editorial about education in Wisconsin; published June 23 in the Capital Times.
Amanda Fay is blogging about her cruise on the R/V Ron Brown this May / June. Here it is!
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.
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.