A native of Halifax, Canada, Galbraith did an undergraduate degree in Earth and Planetary Science at McGill University, then worked as an exploration geologist in Peru and a tour guide on polar expedition cruises before going to the University of British Columbia for a PhD in oceanography. His doctoral research, supervised by Tom Pederson, explored global changes in the marine nitrogen cycle over recent ice ages, through a combination of measurements and modeling. This was followed by postdoctoral research in Jorge Sarmiento's group at Princeton University, developing and using Earth System models, with a focus on ocean biogeochemistry. Galbraith returned to McGill University as a professor, where he worked until joining ICREA in 2015.
Over the past century, humans have emerged as a dominant component of the Earth system. But we do not yet have a thorough understanding of how the changes we make to the Earth system ultimately affect our own well being. I am interested in seeking out weak links in our understanding that can be strengthened through the use of large datasets and numerical models. I tend to focus on oceanic processes, and have worked on topics including the natural climate changes of the last ice age and its ending, the controls on concentrations of nutrients and dissolved gases in the global ocean, and the global wild capture fishery. I am particularly interested in bridging Earth system modeling methods with economics, in order to develop novel methods for predicting human actions and their consequences.
Earth System Science, Paleoceanography, Ocean biogeochemistry, Climate change, Ec
Email UAB: Eric.Galbraith@uab.cat