Alaska Ocean Acidification Network
Natalie Monacci is the Deputy Director of the Ocean Acidification Research Center (OARC) at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks where she has been managing all OARC activities since 2010.
Q: What drew you to the study of ocean acidification in Alaska?
As a chemical oceanographer, my specialty has always been the carbon cycle, though in various forms. Really old carbon, new carbon, in the mud, from plants. Now, I focus on carbon in the water. This was new for me when I started working at the Ocean Acidification Research Center (OARC) seven years ago. My interest in OA has persisted because there is still so much to figure out.
Q: Tell us more about your role — what element do you work on and where?
My official title is Deputy Director of OARC, which means I work on all of our projects. I handle logistics, equipment maintenance, and data collection. Our group has two basic means of data collection: collecting discrete water samples, these we bring back and analyze at the lab in Fairbanks; and deploying autonomous sensors, which are logging data while at sea. Both of these approaches require a lot of planning and calibration. We work on all three coasts, Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, and the Arctic Ocean, so we have a lot coming and going across the state at any given time.
April 3, 2017We are participating in an AMCC program aimed to provide experience to young fishing leaders through mentorship, professional development and hands-on learning. Come work with the network!
March 5, 2017This Washington Post article describes the work of Liqi Chen, Wei Jun Cai, and their collaborators that was recently published in journal Nature Climate Change.
February 27, 2017
- April 20: Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium – OA presentation (Kodiak)
- April 22: Earth Day/March for Science – info table (Anchorage)
- May 2-4: Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop – OA Poster (Anchorage)
- June 7: First sailing of the state ferry M/V Columbia equipped with OA sensor package (2x/wk between Bellingham, WA to Skagway, AK)
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