Director of NOAA lab to join SOEST as oceanography professor

Chris Sabine will join SOEST as a professor in the Department of Oceanography on January 2, 2018. He is currently the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, one of the premier government laboratories in marine sciences. Sabine’s research emphasis is on the role of the ocean in the global carbon cycle, in particular, understanding ocean acidification.

He has been actively involved in multiple international programs making state-of-the-art ocean carbon measurements and published more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles on carbon cycling. He was lead author on a 2004 Science article presenting the first estimates of human-derived carbon distributions in the ocean based on inorganic carbon measurements. He was also among the first to publish scientific articles describing ocean acidification.

“After six years in management I realized that I was losing touch with my research and wanted to redirect my efforts to reconnect with my scientific interests and share the knowledge I have gained over my career with the next generation of young scientists,” said Sabine. “This position was the right opportunity at the right time. I see this as a return to my roots and a chance to pay back the wonderful opportunities that I received over my career that all started with my education at UH Mānoa.”

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