Eric Galbraith

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

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. My focus is now on developing integrated, quantitative descriptions of the two-way coupling between natural and social elements by bridging Earth system modeling methods with social science. Most of my current work is developing these approaches for the global marine fishery, through the ERC-funded BIGSEA project.

Selected publications

- Galbraith ED, Carozza DA & Bianchi D 2017, 'A coupled human-Earth model perspective on long-term trends in the global marine fishery', Nature Communications, 8, 14884.

- Galbraith ED & Eggleston S 2017, 'A lower limit to atmospheric CO2 concentrations over the past 800,000 years', Nature Geoscience, 10, 4, 295.

- Carozza DA, Bianchi D & Galbraith ED 2017, 'Formulation, General Features and Global Calibration of a Bioenergetically-Constrained Fishery Model', Plos One, 12, 1, e0169763.

- Blanchard JL, Watson RA, Fulton EA, Cottrell RS, Nash KL, Bryndum-Buchholz A, Buchner M, Carozza DA, Cheung W, Elliott J, Davidson LNK, Dulvy NK, Dunne JP, Eddy TD, Galbraith ED, Lotze HK, Maury O, Muller C, Tittensor DP & Jennings S 2017, 'Linked sustainability challenges and trade-offs among fisheries, aquaculture and agriculture', Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1, 9, 1240 - 1249.

- Elsworth G, Galbraith ED, Halverson G & Yang G 2017, 'Enhanced weathering and CO2 drawdown caused by latest Eocene strengthening of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation', Nature Geoscience, 10volume , pages 213–216.