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Kevin Arrigo received his B.S in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan in 1983. After working for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, he attended the University of Southern California where he earned his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences in 1992. He went on to a postdoctoral position at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and became a civil servant there in 1995. In 1999, he joined the Stanford University faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geophysics, where he stayed until 2007 when he joined the Department of Environmental Earth System Science. Arrigo served as director of the interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences from 2005-2013. In 2012, he became co-director of the Earth Systems Program within the School of Earth Sciences. He has served on a number of university committees, including the Committee on Academic Computing and Information Services (2010-2012), Committee for the Review of Undergraduate Majors (2010-2013), and the Bing Overseas Studies Faculty Oversight Committee (2011-present). As a biological oceanographer, his principal interest has been in the role marine microalgae play in modulating the cycling of carbon and nitrogen, with particular emphasis on the scales of temporal and spatial variability of biological productivity in polar oceans. This knowledge is essential to understanding how anthropogenic and atmospheric forcing controls the biogenic flux of carbon dioxide into the oceans, and ultimately, to the sediments. His research is highly interdisciplinary and incorporates three fundamental approaches, (1) satellite remote sensing, (2) ecophysiological modeling, and (3) laboratory and field studies. By combining these techniques, it is possible to address many complex aspects of ocean biogeochemistry at spatial and temporal scales that would not be possible using a single approach
ResearchMy students and I use a combination of laboratory and field studies, remote sensing, and computer modeling techniques to understand phytoplankton dynamics in regions ranging from the Southern Ocean to the Red Sea. In particular, we are interested in the role these organisms play in regulating the uptake of atmospheric carbon dioxide by the ocean, as well as in how they help structure marine ecosystems. We work with colleagues in fields as diverse as molecular biology, glaciology, and physical oceanography to develop a comprehensive understanding of how these ecosystems operate and how they may respond to environmental changes--past, present, and future.TeachingI teach courses for graduate and undergraduate students on ocean biogeochemistry, global environmental change, satellite remote sensing, numerical ecosystem modeling, and biological oceanography. I also co-teach a field course on coral reef ecology as part of Stanford's Overseas Studies Program in Australia.Professional ActivitiesChair, Gordon Research Conference on Polar Marine Science, 2007; Editorial Board, Annual Reviews, 2006-present; IMBER/SOLAS Working Group for Carbon Research, 2005-present; Board of Governors, Alternate, Joint Oceanographic Institutions, 2004-present; Vice-Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Polar Marine Science, 2005; Member, Bering Sea Ecological Study (BEST) Committee, National Science Foundation, March 2003-present; Member, Committee on A Science Plan for the North Pacific Research Board, National Research Council of the National Academies, 2003-2005; Editor, Ross Sea Oceanography, Antarctic Science, Volume 15, 2003