Director, Ocean Resources and Ecosystems Program, Cornell University
Professor, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University
Visiting Investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
BA 1978 Univ. of Colorado
PhD 1985 Univ. of Washington
Phone: (607) 275-1662
Address: 4120 Snee Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
Professor Greene received his PhD in Oceanography from the University of Washington in 1985, spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and joined the faculty at Cornell in 1986. He is currently a professor in Cornell’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Director of its Ocean Resources and Ecosystems Program.
Professor Greene’s research interests range from the ecological dynamics of marine animal populations to the impacts of climate variability and change on ocean ecosystems and the Earth system. His most notable research finding to date is that decadal-scale regime shifts in Northwest Atlantic shelf ecosystems are often remotely forced by atmosphere-cryosphere-ocean interactions in the Arctic’s climate system. Professor Greene and his students have used the oceanographic insights from this research to advance the management of commercially exploited and protected animal populations in the region, including cod and the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale population. More recently, Professor Greene has served on the leadership team of a consortium of universities and other organizations that are conducting marine microalgae research to develop technological pathways for addressing the interconnected global challenges of climate, energy, food, and water security.
Professor Greene combines his research and teaching interests to serve and promote the ocean science community. He has served on numerous research committees throughout his career, has served as an Associate Editor for Oceanography magazine since 2001, and currently serves as the representative for biological oceanography on The Oceanography Society Council. With respect to teaching, Professor Greene has organized 25 courses in marine bioacoustics, which have trained over 325 students from 32 countries. In recognition of his research, teaching, and service contributions to the ocean science community, Dr. Greene was elected a Fellow in The Oceanography Society in 2008 and a Sustaining Fellow in ASLO in 2016.