National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce

Dr. Andrea J. Fassbender

Research Physical Scientist
Staff Affiliation: 
PMEL Division: 
Ocean Climate
PMEL Project: 
Large Scale Ocean Physics

Global Observations of Biogeochemistry and Ocean Physics

Research Interests:

Andrea Fassbender is a scientist at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) studying marine carbon and biogeochemical cycles and the ocean’s role in global climate. She leads a team contributing to the international Biogeochemical Argo effort as part of the interdisciplinary Global Observations of Biogeochemistry and Ocean Physics Group (formerly Large Scale Ocean Physics Group). Group projects range from regional to global in scale and leverage a combination of satellite, autonomous platform, and ship-based observing approaches as well as earth system model output. Key research priorities include:

  1. developing accurate, scalable methods to quantify the biological carbon pump from sensors on autonomous platforms and satellites
  2. characterizing the ocean carbon sink sensitivity to natural and anthropogenic carbon cycle interactions
  3. creating new tools for measuring long-term changes in ocean carbon chemistry
  4. exploring the impacts of ocean acidification on coastal and open-ocean ecosystems

Undergraduate students interested in learning more about ocean science careers, please check out our Undergraduate Opportunities page, the NOAA Hollings Scholarship Program, and opportunities through Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean and Ecosystem Studies at the University of Washington. 

Graduate students and postdocs interested in pursuing research with our group, please contact Dr. Fassbender directly by email.

Complete publication list on Google Scholar.