Adrienne J. Sutton, Ph.D.

NOAA/PMEL Oceanographer

PhD, Oceanography, University of Maryland, 2006

Research Interests

My research centers around the patterns of air-sea CO2 exchange and ocean acidification in open ocean, coastal, and coral reef environments. Specifically, I am interested in using interdisciplinary approaches to explore how physical and biological mechanisms, such as the El Nino/Southern Oscillation and coral reef metabolism, drive variations in ocean carbon chemistry across time and space. These approaches include using autonomous instrumentation on buoys and other platforms to better understand natural variability and long-term trends in ocean carbon.

I am also interested in how science can inform management and policy discussions.  I worked in Washington DC as a Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow and Congressional Affairs Specialist at NOAA for 3 years covering ocean and atmospheric research topics, especially climate change, addressed by the U.S. Congress.  I continue to pursue my interests in science policy and outreach.

NOAA Meet Our Scientists article

JISAO Spotlight article

Contact Information

NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone: (206) 526-6879
Fax: (206) 526-6744
adrienne dot sutton at noaa dot gov

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National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate Fellowship - 2010
NOAA Administrator's Award - 2008
NOAA Recognition Award for exceptional performance - July 2007, Nov 2007
John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship - 2006