Kathryn Shamberger

Kathryn Shamberger

Assistant Professor

Chemical Oceanography: Ocean Acidification; Seawater Carbonate Chemistry


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  • Ocean Acidification
  • Seawater Carbonate Chemistry
  • Coastal Ocean Carbon Cycling
  • Coral Reefs
  • Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Ocean Ecosystems
  • Ecosystem-Level Calcification and Production

I am a chemical oceanographer and my research focuses on the ocean carbon cycle, its alteration by anthropogenic ocean acidification, and the impacts of ocean acidification on calcifying organisms and ecosystems. I am particularly interested in coastal ocean carbon cycling, especially within coral reef systems.  My research involves investigating the natural cycling of carbon dioxide in coastal ocean ecosystems, the sensitivity of coastal ecosystems to changing seawater carbon dioxide levels, and controls on marine calcification.  Much of my research is field based and I have worked on coral reefs in the Caribbean, Hawaii, American Samoa, Palau, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Taiwan, and the Gulf of Mexico.

Selected Publications

Barkley, H.C., Cohen, A.L., Golbuu, Y., Starczak, V.R., DeCarlo, T.M., and Shamberger, K.E.F. 2015. Changes in coral reef communities across a natural gradient in seawater pH. Science Advances, 1, e1500328. 

DeCarlo, T.M.,  A.L. Cohen, H.C. Barkley, K. Shamberger, Q. Cobban, C. Young, R. Brainard, Y. Golbuu. 2015. Coral bioerosion is accelerated by ocean acidification and nutrients. Geology, 10.1130/G36147.1.

Shamberger, K. E. F., Cohen, A. L., Golbuu, Y., McCorkle, D. C., Lentz, S. J., Barkley, H. C. 2014. Diverse Coral Communities in Naturally Acidified Waters of a Western Pacific Reef. Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 10.1002/2013GL058489.

Drupp, P. S., De Carlo, E. H., Mackenzie, F. T., Sabine, C. L., Feely, R. A., Shamberger K. E. F. 2013. Comparison of CO2 Dynamics and Air-Sea Gas Exchange in Differing Tropical Reef Environments. Aquatic Geochemistry, 10.1007/s10498-013-9214-7.

Massaro, R. F. S., De Carlo, E. H., Drupp, P. S., Mackenzie, F. T., Maenner-Jones, S., Shamberger, K. E., Sabine, C. L., Feely, R. A. 2012. Multiple Factors driving Variability of CO2 Exchange Between the Ocean and Atmosphere in a Tropical Coral Reef Environment. Aquatic Geochemistry, 18(4), 357-386, 10.1007/s10498-012-9170-7.

Shamberger, K. E. F., Feely, R. A., Sabine, C. L., Atkinson, M. J., DeCarlo, E. H., Mackenzie, F. T., Drupp, P. S., Butterfield, D. A. 2011. Calcification and Organic Production on a Hawaiian Coral Reef. Marine Chemistry, 127(1-4), 64-75, 10.1016/j.marchem.2011.08.003.

Fagan, K. E. and Mackenzie, F. T. 2007. Air-sea CO2 exchange in a subtropical estuarine-coral reef system, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. Marine Chemistry, 106(1-2): 174-191. doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2007.01016

E. Gaidos, B. Deschenes, L. Dundon, K. Fagan, C. Mcnaugton, L. Menviel-Hessler, N.Moskovitz, and M. Workman. 2005. Beyond the Principle of Plenitude: A Review of Terrestrial Planet Habitability. Astrobiology, 5(2): 100-126.


Ph.D. Chemical Oceanography, University of Washington, 2011

M.S. Chemical Oceanography, University of Hawaii, 2005

B.A. Marine Chemistry, University of San Diego, 2001

Additional Information

Appointments Held:

Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University (2014 – present)

Postdoctoral Investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (2013)

Postdoctoral Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (2011 – 2013)

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Washington (2005 – 2011)

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Hawaii (2002 – 2005)

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