Earth Institute Staff Directory

Dr. Galen McKinley

Professor , Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) , Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) , The Earth Institute


BIOGRAPHY: Galen McKinley is Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Columbia University and the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. She is an oceanographer and climate scientist. Her research focuses on the physical, chemical and ecological drivers of the ocean carbon cycle. Improving the quantification and prediction of anthropogenic carbon uptake by the ocean is a central goal of her research efforts. Regional ocean models, climate models and datasets are her primary tools. Professor McKinley earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Rice University (1995) and a PhD in Climate Physics and Chemistry from MIT (2002). Her postdoctoral work was at Princeton University. From 2004-2017, she served on the faculty in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at University of Wisconsin – Madison. Selected honors include the Defense Science Study Group (2012-2013), a NASA New Investigator Award (2011) and the Class of 1955 Teaching Award at UW-Madison (2011). Her recent service activities include membership on the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Carbon Project (2014-2018), the GO-SHIP Program Review Committee (2018-2019), and the editorial board of Annual Reviews of Earth and Planetary Science (2019-2024).