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Stephanie Dutkiewicz

Principal Research Scientist

Stephanie Dutkiewicz’s research interests lie at the intersection of the marine ecosystem and the physical and biogeochemical environment. Her research examines how the physics and chemistry of the ocean determines phytoplankton biogeography, and how in turn those organisms affect their environment. A particular interest is in how the interactions of these components of the earth system will change in a warming world. To advance this research she is involved in developing and using complex numerical models and simple theoretical frameworks, guided by laboratory, field and satellite observations. She in affiliated with the Center for Global Change Science and also works closely with Mick Follows as part of the Darwin Project.

Dutkiewicz, who has a Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island (1997), has been at MIT since 1998. She became a Principal Research Scientist in 2012.


Monteiro, F.M., Bach, L.T., Brownlee, C., Bown, P., Rickaby, R.E., Poulton, A.J., Tyrrell, T., Beaufort, L., Dutkiewicz, S., Gibbs, S. and Gutowska, M.A. (2016). Why marine phytoplankton calcify. Science advances, 2(7), e1501822, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1501822

Chien, C. T., Mackey, K. R., Dutkiewicz, S., Mahowald, N. M., Prospero, J. M., & Paytan, A. (2016). Effects of African dust deposition on phytoplankton in the western tropical Atlantic Ocean off Barbados. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 30(5), 716-734, doi: 10.1002/2015GB005334

Hajoon Song, John Marshall, Michael J. Follows, Stephanie Dutkiewicz, Gaël Forget (2016), Source waters for the highly productive Patagonian shelf in the southwestern Atlantic, Journal of Marine Systems, Available online 3 March 2016, doi: 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2016.02.009

Brix, H. and Menemenlis, D. and Hill, C. and Dutkiewicz, S. and Jahn, O. and Wang, D. and Bowman, K. and Zhang, H. (2015) Using Green's Functions to initialize and adjust a global, eddying ocean biogeochemistry general circulation model Ocean Modelling, vol. 95, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.1016/j.ocemod.2015.07.008

Dutkiewicz, S. and Hickman, A. E. and Jahn, O. and Gregg, W. W. and Mouw, C. B. and Follows, M. J. (2015) Capturing optically important constituents and properties in a marine biogeochemical and ecosystem model Biogeosciences, vol. 12, no. 14, pp. 4447-4481, doi: 10.5194/bg-12-4447-2015

Dutkiewicz, S. and Morris, J. J. and Follows, M. J. and Scott, J. and Levitan, O. and Dyhrman, S. T. and Berman-Frank, I. (2015) Impact of ocean acidification on the structure of future phytoplankton communities Nature Climate Change, vol. 5, no. 11, pp. 1002-+, doi: 10.1038/nclimate2722

Levy, M. and Jahn, O. and Dutkiewicz, S. and Follows, M. J. and d'Ovidio, F. (2015) The dynamical landscape of marine phytoplankton diversity Journal of the Royal Society Interface, vol. 12, no. 111, doi: 10.1098/rsif.2015.0481

Zhang, Y. X. and Jacob, D. J. and Dutkiewicz, S. and Amos, H. M. and Long, M. S. and Sunderland, E. M. (2015) Biogeochemical drivers of the fate of riverine mercury discharged to the global and Arctic oceans Global Biogeochemical Cycles, vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 854-864, doi: 10.1002/2015gb005124

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