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.

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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Association for Women in Science Award for Technology Advancement and Leadership - 2024
Department of Commerce Ron Brown Excellence in Innovation Award - 2020 [link]
Department of Commerce Group Gold Medal in Scientific/Engineering Achievement for the first autonomous circumnavigation of Antarctica, allowing three-season observation of carbon dioxide flux in the Southern Ocean - 2020 [link]
National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate Fellowship - 2010
NOAA Administrator's Award for outstanding leadership in and dedication to developing U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) Synthesis & Assessment Products integrating climate research for decision support - July 2008

NOAA Recognition Award for exceptional performance - July 2007, Nov 2007
John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship - 2006