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Lovenduski, Nicole Suzanne Associate Professor

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  • The oceans play a critical role in the global carbon cycle, serving as a sink for anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions, and regulating the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration. My research is focused on understanding the processes controlling air-sea carbon dioxide exchange. I investigate how these processes operated in the past, how they function today, and how they might respond to a future characterized by increased greenhouse gas forcing.

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  • oceanography, marine biogeochemistry, global carbon cycle, climate change

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  • ATOC 1060 - Our Changing Environment: El Nino, Ozone, and Climate
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Discusses the Earth's climate for nonscience majors, focusing on the role of the atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere and land surface. Describes the water cycle, atmospheric circulations and ocean currents, and how they influence global climate, El Nino and the ozone hole. Discusses human impacts from climate change. Recommended prerequisite: ATOC 1050. Degree credit not granted for this course and GEOL 1060.
  • ATOC 4200 - Biogeochemical Oceanography
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2021
    Provides a large-scale synthesis of the processes impacting ocean biogeochemistry. Transforms theoretical understanding into real-world applications using oceanographic data and models. Topics include: chemical composition, biological nutrient utilization and productivity, air-sea gas exchange, carbonate chemistry, ocean acidification, ocean deoxygenation, iron fertilization, biogeochemical climate feedbacks and more. Recommended prerequisites: one semester of calculus and one semester of chemistry. Same as ATOC 5200.
  • ATOC 5200 - Biogeochemical Oceanography
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2021
    Provides a large-scale synthesis of the processes impacting ocean biogeochemistry. Transforms theoretical understanding into real-world applications using oceanographic data and models. Topics include: chemical composition, biological nutrient utilization and productivity, air-sea gas exchange, carbonate chemistry, ocean acidification, ocean deoxygenation, iron fertilization, biogeochemical climate feedbacks and more. Same as ATOC 4200.
  • ATOC 5300 - The Global Carbon Cycle
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Covers the role of the ocean, terrestrial biosphere, and atmosphere in the global carbon cycle. Specific topics include marine carbonate chemistry, biological production, terrestrial fluxes, anthropogenic emissions, and the evolution of the global carbon cycle in a changing climate.
  • ATOC 6020 - Seminar in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
    Studies an area of current research in the atmospheric and oceanic sciences. Students read selected papers from the literature. Students and faculty give presentations and participate in discussions. May be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours within the degree. May be repeated for a total of 3 credit hours within a semester.
  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.

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