Scientist features IOOS and ocean acidification at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Two NOAA scientists set up at different places within the Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History to answer visitor questions on separate topics – ocean acidification and the Chesapeake Bay. Dr. Simone Alin of NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory discussed her work studying and characterizing acidified water along the west coast, what it means for you, and what IOOS and NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program are doing to help. At another station, Meteorologist Ron Gird, of the National Weather Service, and a colleague from the Whitaker Foundation showcased the Chesapeake Expedition, with a stewardship message involving the bay and Atlantic Ocean.

Biography of Dr. Simone Alin

Simone Alin is an Oceanographer and marine chemist at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle. Her research focuses on coastal carbon cycle processes and ocean acidification, with emphasis on West Coast and Puget Sound ecosystems.

Simone received her B.S. from Stanford University in 1993 in Biological Sciences and a Ph.D. from University of Arizona in 2001 in Geosciences. She held a fellowship from the NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship program to study large lake carbon cycling at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Large Lakes Observatory from 2001–2003. Following this, she studied the carbon cycles of large tropical river systems (Amazon, Mekong) at the University of Washington before commencing her current position at NOAA in 2007. At NOAA, Simone leads the coastal carbon research program of the Marine Carbon Program and is actively involved in national and international efforts to synthesize marine carbon cycle data. Article.

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