Sarah Cooley received her Ph.D. in marine science from University of Georgia, where she studied the inorganic carbon chemistry of the offshore Amazon River plume. Next, at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, she began to use oceanographic and social science data to forecast the total consequences of ocean acidification on human communities. Ocean acidification, and other anthropogenic changes in ocean chemistry, will affect not only the marine environment but also the benefits, like economic revenue and protein supply, that marine ecosystems provide. Cooley’s research incorporates ecology, sociology, economics, resource management, risk assessment, and decision making under uncertainty. At Ocean Conservancy, she continues this work and also communicates about ocean acidification to a variety of stakeholders, to bring current science together with information needs.
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