Dr. Fassbender earned a Combined Honors B.S. (2007) in Chemistry and Oceanography from the University of British Columbia, Canada. She then began graduate school at the University of Washington in Seattle where she completed a Graduate Certificate in Climate Science (2009) and earned both her Master’s Degree (2010) and Ph.D. (2014) in Oceanography. Following this, Dr. Fassbender collaborated with NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, the Washington State Department of Ecology, and the Washington Ocean Acidification Center to characterize carbonate chemistry throughout Washington’s marine surface waters as a UCAR PACE Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2017, she joined the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) to lead a marine carbon cycle research and technology development team.
Dr. Fassbender’s research focuses on marine biogeochemical cycling and the ocean’s role in global climate through the carbon cycle. Her formal training is in carbonate chemistry and she is engaged in projects that range from regional to global in scale, incorporating a variety of observational tools (e.g., remote and in situ sensing and synthesis products) and model output to understand ocean carbon cycle processes.
Carbon Hot Spot
Stuart Bishop (at NCSU) and I are leading an effort called Carbon Hot Spot in collaboration with US, Japanese, and Chinese scientists to understand the role of mesoscale and submesoscale processes in air-sea interactions, Subtropical Mode Water (STMW) variability, and carbon sequestration in the Kuroshio Extension region, centered around the Kuroshio Extension Observatory (KEO). We have secured funding from US CLIVAR and OCB to hold a workshop at MBARI in October of 2017 on the topic of biophysical interactions and biogeochemical cycling in eddy-rich domains (more information coming soon!). We are also planning to conduct field work aboard the JAMSTEC R/V Shinsei Maru during winter 2018 to study eddy effects on carbon cycling and mode water formation processes.