Hilary Palevsky

I am currently a PhD candidate in chemical oceanography at the University of Washington studying how the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. I am interested in the role phytoplankton play in the ocean's carbon cycle by converting carbon dioxide to organic carbon, some of which is then exported to the deep ocean - a process known as the "biological pump."

I use dissolved gas measurements to quantify the rate and efficiency of this biological pump, as well as the total rate at which the ocean is absorbing carbon dioxide. My doctoral research applies these methods in the North Pacific, using a Chinese container ship as a sampling platform. This allows for multiple basin-wide transects over an annual cycle that are enabling us to better understand the mechanisms driving carbon uptake over broad spatial and temporal scales.

Prior to beginning my graduate studies, I earned a B.A. in Geology from Amherst College, spent a year traveling and studying the interactions between scientists, fishers and policy-makers in North Atlantic cod fisheries as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow and two years teaching marine science to K-12 students on traditionally-rigged schooners in Long Island Sound.