Earth Institute Staff Directory

Dr. Wade McGillis

Lamont Associate Research Professor , Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) , The Earth Institute

Lecturer , M.S. in Sustainability Management

208 Geoscience
P.O. Box 1000
61 Route 9W
Palisades, NY 10964

BIOGRAPHY: Dr. McGillis is a scientist at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, as well as an Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering. Dr. McGillis specializes in understanding the physical processes that occur at the air-water interface. His research has included numerous cruises to ocean areas that act as sources and sinks for carbon dioxide and other gases as well as the development of the Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory. Currently, Dr. McGillis is focusing on coastal, lake, riverine, and estuarine air-water exchange to determine how these areas affect the global carbon budget. He is also a Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) committee member and is collaborating with scientists in the development of an international SOLAS summer school. His technical background centers on physicochemical flow, including the transport of heat and mass associated with phase-change processes, the thermodynamics of two-phase and fluid-phase equilibria, the mechanisms of evaporation, condensation, nucleation, bubble growth and two-phase fluid flow, and the fundamentals of turbulence. Dr. McGillis has investigated these processes in field experiments and theoretical models, while helping to develop new direct covariance methods of measuring gas transfer.
Measurements of gas transfer, surface statistics, and surface concentrations will lead to a better understanding of air-water gas transfer, which is necessary for accurate climate modeling. The challenge in this work is in deciphering the magnitude of parameters affecting gas transport mechanisms. Dr. McGillis has addressed many fundamental transport issues in vapor-liquid systems with differential diffusion, and is continuing to address gas transport at the air-water interface on a global level.