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Dr Elizabeth Shadwick

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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 autonomous sensors deployed on floats and moorings, and the outputs of biogeochemical models. Elizabeth Leads the Ocean Carbon Observations Team, the IMOS Southern Ocean Time Series (SOTS) observatory, and co-Leads the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership (AAPP) Biogeochemistry project. Elizabeth is currently acting as Co-Chair of the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) Indian Ocean Sector Regional Working Group, and sits on the Executive Committee of the global OceanSITES network.

Current Roles

  • Principal Research Scientist
    Marine Biogeochemistry

  • Ocean Carbon Observations
    Team Leader

  • Southern Ocean Time Series Sub-Facility Leader, Integrated Marine Observing System
    Deploy and recover moorings in the Subantarctic zone south of Tasmania for climate and carbon cycle research in the Southern Ocean

  • Biogeochemistry Project Co-lead, Australian Antarctic Program Partnership (AAPP)
    Co-leadership of the Biogeochemistry Project within Theme 2 - the Nature and Impacts of Southern Ocean Change

  • SOOS Indian Sector Regional Working Group Co-Chair
    Participation in the Leadership Group for the Indian Sector of the Southern Ocean as part of the broader Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) Network

  • OceanSITES Executive Committee Member
    Australian Representtative

  • ICES/PICES Ocean Negative Carbon Emissions (ONCE) Expert Working Group Member
    Australian and Southern Ocean Time Series Representative

Academic Qualifications

  • 2010

    PhD, Chemical Oceanography
    Dalhousie University, Canada

  • 2006

    MSc, Atmospheric Science
    University of Alberta, Canada

  • 2003

    McGill University, Canada

Professional Experiences

  • 2018-2022

    Senior Research Scientist
    CSIRO, Oceans & Atmosphere

  • 2018-present

    Adjunct Researcher
    Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania

  • 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

  • 2022-2022

    Chief Scientist on IN2022_v03 to recover and redeploy moorings at the Southern Ocean Time Series site

  • 2021-2021

    Chief Scientist on IN2021_V02 to recover and redeploy moorings at the Southern Ocean Time Series site

  • 2020-2020

    Chief Scientist on IN2020_V09 to recover and redeploy moorings at the Southern Ocean Time Series site

  • 2017-2020

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

  • 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.

  • 2015-2018

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

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