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Dr Elizabeth Shadwick

Senior Research Scientist


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Elizabeth is interested in the marine carbon cycle and distinguishing between natural variability and anthropogenic change. She has worked on carbon chemistry and ocean acidification across many environments from the North Atlantic, to the Arctic, to the Southern Ocean. Her work is based on observations, laboratory analyses, and increasingly, on autonomous sensors deployed on moorings. Current projects include a moored CO2-system observatory on the continental shelf of the West Antarctic Peninsula, collaborations with colleagues working with the Southern Ocean Time Series Facility, and an ongoing interest in the changing biogeochemistry of the East Antarctic coastal region.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2010

    PhD, Chemical Oceanography
    Dalhousie University, Canada

  • 2006

    MSc, Atmospheric Science
    University of Alberta, Canada

  • 2003

    McGill University, Canada

Professional Experiences

  • 2014-2018

    Assistant Professor of Marine Science
    Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary

  • 2011-2014

    Post-Doctoral Fellow
    Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems CRC

Achievements and Awards

  • 2016-2016

    Visiting Scholar Fellowship
    University of Tasmania

  • 2015-2016

    Ralph E. Power Junior Faculty Enhancement Award
    Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)

  • 2012-2013

    Visiting Scientist Fellowship
    Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)

  • 2008-2010

    Industrial Postgraduate Scholarship
    Canadian National Science and Engineering Research Council

Other highlights

  • 2015-2018

    Lead Investigator on a project focused distinguishing between natural and anthropogenic changes in water chemistry in the Chesapeake Bay (USA).

  • 2016-2019

    Chief Scientist on R/V L.M. Gould voyage to the West Antarctic Peninsula (LMG1612) to deploy a CO2-system mooring on the continental shelf. Lead investigator on a project focused on obtaining year-round observations of the full CO2-system from the West Antarctic Peninsula region.

  • 2017-2020

    Lead Investigator on a project focused on assessing the vulnerability of sea-ice biota in the Arctic to Ocean Acidification


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