Alexander Gagnon

Alexander Gagnon
Assistant Professor
University of Washington
School of Oceanography
1501 NE Boat Street
Box 355351
Fields of interest
Ocean Acidification, Biomineralization, Paleoceanography, Ocean Change, Coral Reefs, Deep-Sea Coral
Description of scientific projects
My lab studies how ocean acidification and other changes to seawater chemistry impact calcifying organisms and biogeochemical cycles. The lab is focused on chemical-scale mechanisms in oceanography and climate. We then apply this small-scale understanding to explain global patterns. For example, we study skeletal growth to explain why marine calcifiers exhibit divergent sensitivities to ocean acidification. Other projects use this mechanistic understanding of biomineralization to improve paleoproxies.