Eric Galbraith

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

A native of Halifax, Canada, Galbraith completed an undergraduate degree in Earth and Planetary Science at McGill University in 1997, then worked as an exploration geologist in Peru and a tour guide on polar expedition cruises before undertaking a PhD at the University of British Columbia, completed in 2006. This was followed by three years of postdoctoral research at Princeton University, developing and using Earth System models, with a focus on ocean biogeochemistry and long-term climate variability. Galbraith returned to McGill University as a professor, where he worked until joining ICREA in 2015.

Research interests

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 underway will ultimately affect our own well-being. I am interested in using statistical analyses, simple theory and numerical models to improve our predictive understanding of the coupled human-Earth system. Most of my past work has addressed uncertainty in the natural science side of the system, including the study of past, natural climate changes, and the controls on the chemical composition and large-scale ecology of the global ocean. More recently my focus has shifted to developing integrated, quantitative descriptions of the global fishery, including both natural and social elements. I am particularly interested in bridging Earth system modeling methods with social science, in order to better understand the linkages between human dynamics and environmental change.

Selected publications

– Tagliabue A, Aumont O, DeAth R, Dunne JP, Dutkiewicz S, Galbraith E, Misumi K, Moore JK, Ridgwell A, Sherman E, Stock C, Vichi M, Voelker C & Yool A 2016, ‘How well do global ocean biogeochemistry models simulate dissolved iron distributions?’, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 30, 2, 149 – 174.

– Carozza DA, Bianchi D & Galbraith ED 2016, ‘The ecological module of BOATS-1.0: a bioenergetically constrained model of marine upper trophic levels suitable for studies of fisheries and ocean biogeochemistry’, Geoscientific Model Development, 9, 4, 1545 – 1565.

Galbraith ED, Merlis TM & Palter JB. 2016, ‘Destabilization of glacial climate by the radiative impact of Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation disruptions’, Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 15, 8214 – 8221.

– Brown N & Galbraith ED 2016, ‘Hosed vs. unhosed: interruptions of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation in a global coupled model, with and without freshwater forcing’, Climate Of The Past, 12, 8, 1663 – 1679.

– Jaccard SL, Galbraith ED, Martinez-Garcia A & Anderson RF 2016, ‘Covariation of deep Southern Ocean oxygenation and atmospheric CO2 through the last ice age’, Nature, 530, 7589, 207.

– Cartapanis O, Bianchi D, Jaccard SL & Galbraith ED 2016, ‘Global pulses of organic carbon burial in deep-sea sediments during glacial maxima’, Nature Communications, 7, 10796.