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Sarah Cooley

Sarah Cooley

Research Associate III

Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry

Ocean Acidification Scientist, Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Program

Office Phone: +1 508 289 3859


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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd.

MS# 25

Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050


Ph.D., 2006, University of Georgia School of Marine Programs
B.S., 1999, Haverford College

Research Interests

  • Computational and observational inorganic carbon chemistry
  • Socioeconomic impacts of changing ocean biogeochemistry
  • Applications of numerical models
  • Scientific communication
  • Carbon policy

Research Statement

My research uses oceanographic and social science data to forecast the total consequences of human-driven changes in the marine inorganic carbon cycle. Anthropogenic changes like ocean acidification will affect not only the marine environment but also the benefits, like economic revenue and protein supply, that marine ecosystems provide to human communities. Recently, I have assessed how ocean acidification could alter protein supply and economic revenue using ocean models and fisheries datasets. This research increasingly incorporates ecology, sociology, economics, resource management, risk assessment, and decision making under uncertainty.




Kavli Fellow 2010
Nominee, Best Article Prize for 5th Anniversary of Environmental Research Letters (Cooley and Doney 2009, ERL)