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Dr. Stephanie Dutkiewicz

Principal Research Scientist, Center for Global Change Science
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Research Interests:
Dr. Dutkiewicz works on elucidating the role of biological activity on the distribution of carbon within the oceans. Her current research aims to improve the representation of air-sea interactions and biogeochemical cycling in the MIT ocean general circulation model (GCM). She is involved in collaborative projects with the MIT Climate Modeling Initiative and The Darwin Project, among others. Her research centers on the cycling of carbon by both the "solubility pump" and "biological pump" in the 3D ocean models. She models the movement of the surface water through sinking and advection that redistributes the carbon concentrations in the ocean, and where biological activity fluxes carbon from the surface waters to the deep ocean.

Publication Examples:

Dutkiewicz, S., A.E. Hickman, O. Jahn, S. Henson, C. Beaulieu, and E. Moneir, 20019. Ocean colour signature of climate change.  Nature Communications, 10, doi:10.1038/s41467-019-08457-x. LINK

Zakem, E., A. Al-Haj, M. Church, G. van Dijken, S. Dutkiewicz, S. Foster, R. Fulweiler, M. Mills, and M.J. Follows. Ecological control of nitrite in the upper ocean. Nature Communications, doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-03553-w

Dutkiewicz, S., A.E. Hickman, and O. Jahn, 2018.  Modelling ocean colour derived Chlorophyll-a. Biogeoscience, 15, 613-630, doi:10.5194/bg-15-613-2018. Highlighted article.

Monier, E., S. Paltsev, A. Sokolov, H. Chen, X. Gao, Q. Ejaz, E. Couzo, A. Schlosser, S. Dutkiewicz, C. Fant, J. Scott, R. Prinn and M. Haigh, 2018. Toward a consistent modeling framework to assess multi-sectoral climate impacts. Nature Communications, 9:660, doi:10.1038/s41467-018-02984-9.

Follett, C.L., S. Dutkiewicz, D.M. Karl, K. Inomura, and M. Follows, 2018. Why is there a summertime bloom of diatom-diazotroph associations in the North Pacific subtropical gyre? ISME Journal, doi:10.1038/s41396-017-0012-x

Treguer, P., C. Bowler, B. Moriceau, S. Dutkiewicz, M. Gehlen, O. Aumont, L. Bittner, R. Dugdale, Z. Finkel, D. Iudicone, O. Jahn, L. Guidi, M. Lasbleiz, K. Leblanc, M. Levy, P. Pondaven, 2017. Influence of diatom diversity on the ocean biological pump. Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/s41561-017-0028-x

Vallina, S., P. Cermeno, S. Dutkiewicz, M. Loreau, and J.M. Montoya, 2017. Phytoplankton functional diversity increases ecosystem productivity and stability. Ecological Modelling, 361, 184-196.

Benoiston, A.-S., F.M. Ibarbalz, L. Bittner, L. Guidi, O. Jahn, S. Dutkiewicz and C. Bowler, 2017: The evolution of diatoms and their biogeochemical functions. 
Philosophical Transcations of the Royal Society B, 372: 20160397, doi: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0397 LINK

Clayton, S., S. Dutkiewicz, O. Jahn. C.N. Hill, P. Heimbach, and M.J. Follows, 2017: Biogeochemical versus ecological consequences of modeled ocean physics. Biogeosciences, 14, 2877-2889.

Bracher, A., H. Bouman, R. Brewin, A. Bricaud, V. Brotas, A.M. Ciotti, L. Clementson, E. Devred, A. Di Cicco, S. Dutkiewicz, N. Hardman-Mountford, A. Hickmann, M. Hieronymi, T. Hirata, S. Loza, C.B. Mouw, E. Organelli, D. Raitsos, J. Uitz, M. Vogt, A. Wolanin, 2017: Obtaining Phytoplankton Diversity from Ocean Color: A Scientific Roadmap for Future Development.  Frontiers in Marine Science, 4:55, doi:10.3389/fmars.2017.00055

Monteiro, F.M., Bach, L.T., Brownlee, C., Bown, P., Rickaby, R.E., Poulton, A.J., Tyrrell, T., Beaufort, L., Dutkiewicz, S., Gibbs, S. and Gutowska, M.A. (2016). Why marine phytoplankton calcify. Science advances, 2(7), e1501822, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1501822

Chien, C. T., Mackey, K. R., Dutkiewicz, S., Mahowald, N. M., Prospero, J. M., & Paytan, A. (2016). Effects of African dust deposition on phytoplankton in the western tropical Atlantic Ocean off Barbados. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 30(5), 716-734, doi: 10.1002/2015GB005334

Hajoon Song, John Marshall, Michael J. Follows, Stephanie Dutkiewicz, Gaël Forget (2016), Source waters for the highly productive Patagonian shelf in the southwestern Atlantic, Journal of Marine Systems, Available online 3 March 2016, doi: 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2016.02.009

Brix, H. and Menemenlis, D. and Hill, C. and Dutkiewicz, S. and Jahn, O. and Wang, D. and Bowman, K. and Zhang, H. (2015) Using Green's Functions to initialize and adjust a global, eddying ocean biogeochemistry general circulation model Ocean Modelling, vol. 95, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.1016/j.ocemod.2015.07.008

Dutkiewicz, S. and Hickman, A. E. and Jahn, O. and Gregg, W. W. and Mouw, C. B. and Follows, M. J. (2015) Capturing optically important constituents and properties in a marine biogeochemical and ecosystem model Biogeosciences, vol. 12, no. 14, pp. 4447-4481, doi: 10.5194/bg-12-4447-2015

Dutkiewicz, S. and Morris, J. J. and Follows, M. J. and Scott, J. and Levitan, O. and Dyhrman, S. T. and Berman-Frank, I. (2015) Impact of ocean acidification on the structure of future phytoplankton communities Nature Climate Change, vol. 5, no. 11, pp. 1002-+, doi: 10.1038/nclimate2722

Levy, M. and Jahn, O. and Dutkiewicz, S. and Follows, M. J. and d'Ovidio, F. (2015) The dynamical landscape of marine phytoplankton diversity Journal of the Royal Society Interface, vol. 12, no. 111, doi: 10.1098/rsif.2015.0481

Zhang, Y. X. and Jacob, D. J. and Dutkiewicz, S. and Amos, H. M. and Long, M. S. and Sunderland, E. M. (2015) Biogeochemical drivers of the fate of riverine mercury discharged to the global and Arctic oceans Global Biogeochemical Cycles, vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 854-864, doi: 10.1002/2015gb005124

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Ph.D., Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, 1997
B.S., Physics, University of Miami, Coral Gables, 1991