Global & Local Change: The Anthropocene

The Anthropocene is an informal geologic period that has been driven by human’s influence on the atmosphere and earth’s systems, and is currently under consideration for formal inclusion as a recognized geologic period. Many challenging earth system science questions involve understanding our collective impact on earth’s chemical, biological, and ecological processes, and how these interact.

Faculty within the Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry group are at the forefront of research examining the effects of human activities on a variety of earth’s ecosystems and associated processes, such as pollution effects, ocean acidification, eutrophication, using a diversity of techniques including ship and laboratory measurements, remote sensing, modeling and sustained ocean observing systems. A few representative faculty working within this general area are Bob Collier, Fredrick Prahl, Curtiss Davis, and George Waldbusser.