University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Jacqueline Grebmeier is a Research Professor and a biological oceanographer at the Maryland Center for Environmental Science Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. She is the US delegate to the International Arctic Science Committee, a current member of the US Polar Research Board of the National Academies, and served formerly as a Commissioner of the US Arctic Research Commission following appointment by President Clinton. She has contributed to international and national science planning efforts including service on the steering committee for US efforts during International Polar Year.
Over the last 20 years she has participated in more than 35 oceanographic expeditions on both US and foreign vessels, many as Chief Scientist. She is the overall project lead scientist for the US Western Arctic Shelf-Basin Interactions project, one of the largest US funded global change studies now underway in the Arctic.
Her research includes studies of pelagic-benthic coupling in marine systems, benthic carbon cycling, benthic faunal population structure, and polar ecosystem health. She has published in many peer-reviewed scientific papers. Her role in many international research projects includes coordination of benthic biological and sediment tracer studies and analysis of ecosystem status and trends on Arctic continental shelves. A recent study in which she was lead author was published in Science and provides some of the first direct evidence for biological community responses to warming and oceanographic shifts in the Bering Sea ecosystem. Dr. Grebmeier has also served as editor of several books and journal special issues.