Sylvia Barry (Musielewicz)
Degree Earned: MS
Graduation Year: 2000
Advisor(s): Tom Johnson
Thesis Title: Paleoclimate signals from Lake Malawi sediments.
Sylvia works at the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) at the University of Washington. JISAO is a "Center of Excellence" that fosters research collaboration between NOAA and the University of Washington. She works with the NOAA/PMEL Carbon Dioxide Program in Coastal studies. Coastal ocean regions have a relatively small area, but they are the active interface between the terrestrial and marine environments. Coastal environments directly interact with terrestrial air masses, and because of their sensitivity to changes in wind, river runoff and anthropogenic inputs of nutrients and carbon, are likely to be very sensitive to climate change. Carbon cycling on the continental margins is poorly understood and is under sampled to the point that it is uncertain whether these regions are a net sink or a net source of CO2 to the atmosphere. To help address this problem, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Lab's CO2 Program has initiated a Coastal Studies component to apply their open ocean approaches for studying the carbon cycle (e.g. survey cruises, underway surface observations, and moorings) and apply them in the coastal region.