Joellen Russell is an oceanographer, climate scientist and University Distinguished Professor at the University of Arizona in the Department of Geosciences. She is the Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair in Integrative Science. Her research uses robot floats, supercomputers and satellites to observe and predict the ocean’s role in the climate and carbon cycle of the past, the present and the future. She is the lead for the modeling theme of the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling project (SOCCOM) including its Southern Ocean Model Intercomparison Project (SOMIP).
Joellen currently serves as Chair of the NOAA Science Advisory Board’s Climate Working Group and on the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Community Earth System Model Advisory Board. She is one of the 14 scientists behind an amicus curiae brief supporting the plaintiff in the historic 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision on carbon dioxide emissions and climate change, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, et al. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
She is the founder and director of the Biogeochemical Dynamics Laboratory. BGDL research focuses on the interactions of the wind and carbon cycle of the Southern Ocean, Global Climate Models, observationally-based data/model metrics, and, a global sampling network able to capture the variability of surface carbon concentration.
Becki Beadling is a graduate student in the University of Arizona’s Department of Geosciences. Her graduate adviser is Joellen Russell, associate professor of geosciences and Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair in Integrative Science. Beadling has a rare opportunity at the UA to do impactful research with Russell, a preeminent oceanographer.
Because it serves as the primary gateway through which the intermediate, deep, and bottom waters of the ocean interact with the atmosphere, the Southern Ocean has a profound influence on the oceanic uptake of anthropogenic carbon and heat. Yet it is the least observed and understood region of the world ocean because of harsh conditions…. View Article