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September 29, 2021

UW oceanographer Parker MacCready elected fellow of the AGU

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Parker MacCready

University of Washington oceanographer Parker MacCready is one of 59 new fellows elected this year by the American Geophysical Union. The scientific organization recognizes only 1 in 1,000 of its members as global leaders and experts who have propelled our understanding of the geosciences.

MacCready, a professor in the UW School of Oceanography, was recognized for his work to advance fundamental understanding of ocean coasts and estuaries, or marine environments where freshwater and saltwater mix. MacCready earned his bachelor’s in architecture at Yale University, his master’s in engineering at the California Institute of Technology, and his doctorate in oceanography at the UW. He did postdoctoral research at the University of Miami before returning to the UW in 1993.

In his research, MacCready collaborates with biologists, chemists and computer scientists to understand the physics that drive natural phenomena such as ocean acidification, low-oxygen water and harmful algal blooms. With the UW’s Coastal Modeling Group he has created realistic computer simulations of coastal and nearby waters, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, and has developed an underwater forecast for the complex waterway.

MacCready and the other newly elected fellows will be honored in December at the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting, to be held this year as a hybrid event based in New Orleans.