Emily Osborne

Research Highlights

Research Interests

Using biogeochemical-Argo autonomous profiling floats to fill major ocean observing gaps and study modern biogeochemical cycling and dynamics.

Quantifying the anthropogenic impact on ocean conditions by using high-resolution marine sediment records that span from the pre-Industrial period to present.

Pairing modern and paleoceanographic records to create the most comprehensive record of anthropogenic impacts on ocean systems.

Emily Osborne, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division


4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149

“The ocean’s history is key to understanding its future. I use a combination of paleoceanographic archives and modern ocean observations to study natural and human-induced ocean changes.”

Dr. Emily Osborne is a Physical Scientist with the Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystem Division of the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory. She is currently investigating regional and global biogeochemical issues related to ocean health and climate through the use of a combination of paleoceanographic approaches, new autonomous sensors, and conventional measurements on large multi-disciplinary oceanographic cruises.

Current Work

Principal Investigator for the AOML Gulf of Mexico biogeochemical-Argo pilot array

Gulf of Mexico Coastal Acidification Network Science Steering Committee Co-Lead

Coordinating Lead Author for the 5th National Climate Assessment Ocean and Marine Resources Chapter

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2016, Ph.D. Marine Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

2012, B.S. Geology, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

  1. Osborne, E., J.Y. Luo, I. Cetinić, H. Benway, and S. Menden-Deuer. Our evolving understanding of biological carbon export. Eos, 105(2):20-24, https://doi.org/10.1029/2023EO230346 2024
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  2. Osborne E., C. Martinez, S.D. Aberson, K. Nelson, S. Duncan, C.Ryals, F. Munoz, and T. Griffin-Elliott. Reimagining policies, practices, and culture to prevent and respond to sexual assault and sexual harassment at NOAA. Oceanography, 36(4):62-65, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2024.121 2023
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  3. Osborne, E., X. Hu, E.R. Hall, K. Yates, J. Vreeland-Dawson, K. Shamberger, L. Barbero, J.M. Hernandez-Ayon, F.A. Gomez, T. Hicks, Y. Xu, M.R. McCutcheon, M. Acquafredda, C. Chapa-Balcorta, O. Norzagaray, D. Pierrot, A. Munoz-Caravaca, K.L. Dobson, N. Williams, N. Rabalais, and P. Dash. Ocean acidification in the Gulf of Mexico: Drivers, impacts, and unknowns. Progress in Oceanography, 209:102882, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2022.102882 2022
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OAR Employee of the Year Award – Personal and Professional Excellence 2023

Dr. Emily Osborne has worked tirelessly to promote and advocate for safety regarding sexual assault and sexual harassment (SASH), particularly in field work, at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML), across OAR and NOAA, and in the broader scientific community. In addition to being a prominent researcher investigating regional and global biogeochemical issues related to ocean health and climate through the use of a combination of oceanographic approaches, including new autonomous sensors, ‘omics, and conventional measurements, Dr. Osborne has been instrumental in shaping laboratory, OAR, and NOAA-wide efforts to create a safe and inclusive workplace during her scientific career.

Department of Commerce Bronze Medal 2022

For turning the canceled GO-SHIP A13.5 cruise into a new mission that maximized autonomous instrument deployments and surface water data collection.

NOAA EEO Diversity Award 2022

For diligent efforts to expand diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility activities and awareness by establishing five working groups, a “What’s New” slide deck for members to share with their respective labs, programs, and staff offices, and leading the initiative to prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment during field work.

NOAA Administrator’s Award 2022

For outstanding advances in the U.S. ocean observing and processing of biogeochemical Argo float data, leading to a new era of global oceanography.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Corporate Innovation Award 2022

For innovation in large-scale autonomous observations in oceanography with global impacts in marine and climate science and technology.