Joaquim Goes

Lamont Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Biology and Paleo Environment
7 Marine Biology
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
Phone: 
(845) 365-8467
Fax: 
(845) 365-8150
Fields of interest: 
a) Marine phytoplankton physiology and productivity b) Climate change and its impact on ocean biota and biogeochemical processes c) Development of ocean color and other remote sensing algorithms and methods for studying ocean carbon cycling and air-sea CO2 fluxes. d) Development of novel methods for investigating the formation and fate of dissolved organic carbon in sea water. Impacts of climate change on phytoplankton productivity and biodiversity

My major research efforts have been directed at understanding the structure and functioning of plankton ecosystems and their response to physical forcing so that a capability can be developed to forecast responses of marine ecosystems to global change (Goes et al, 2001. 2004, 2005; Limsakul et al., 2001). For my research work I rely on an approach that examines phytoplankton at the cellular level, where changes in phytoplankton cell physiology, biochemistry and optical properties are studied as a means of evaluating their role and response to changes in the environment (Goes et al., 2002). With the help of empirical or semi-analytical modeling techniques, information obtained at the cellular level is then extrapolated to regional and global scales using data from satellites and ships. Research on this front has led to the development of satellite based methods that have made it possible to assess how large-scale climatic events such as El-Niño and La Niña, the North Atlantic Oscillation impact atmospheric CO2 draw down by phytoplankton (export production). (Goes et al, 200, 2004) Ship and satellite studies, currently underway in the Arabian Sea, have provided the first indications of rapid ecosystem changes being brought about by global warming and the rapid decline in snow over the Himalayan-Tibetan Plateau region (Goes et al.,2005, Gomes et al., 2008; 2009). Bio-optical and phytoplankton physiological studies being undertaken in the Bering Sea are aiding in the development of regional satellite ocean color algorithms that will help assess how the Bering Sea shelf ecosystem is responding to changes in sea-ice concentrations. In the Amazon River Plume, ship and satellite are being collected to help understand the influence of the Amazon River on the pelagic ecosystem, carbon cycling and sequestration in the tropical north Atlantic and the sensitivity of this ecosystem to anthropogenic climate change.

Education
List of degrees from highest to lowest:
Doctor of Science
Nagoya University, Japan
05/1996
Master of Science
Bombay University
09/1985
Bachelor of Science
Bombay University
06/1980
Honors & Awards: 
Monbusho Scholarship by the Ministry of Education, Japanese Govt. for Doctoral Studies. 1992
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Ministry of Education, Japan, 1997
Takeda Foundation Techno – Entrepreneurship Award, Japan, 2002
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