Cheryl HarrisonCheryl S. Harrison

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences (joint with Center for Computation and Technology)

Phone: 225-578-6425


Office: 3177 Energy, Coast and Environment Building 

Associate Degree: Physics, Honors, Cabrillo College, 1993

Bachelor’s Degree: Mathematics, Honors, University of California Santa Cruz, 1997

Master’s Degree: Earth and Planetary Science, University of California Santa Cruz, 2007

PhD: Earth and Planetary Science, University of California Santa Cruz, 2012

Research Website

Research Interests

Physical, biogeochemical and ocean ecosystem modeling, applied mathematics, marine ecology, fisheries, climate impacts on marine ecosystems and fisheries, physical and biological transport, ecological dispersal, mesoscale biophysical interactions, and geoengineering.

Fellowships and Research Consortiums

MOPGA Research Fellow

Earth system model coordinator for the Fisheries Model Intercomparison Project (FishMIP)

Climate Intervention Biology Working Group

NCAR Community Climate Intervention Strategies

Classes Taught

OCS 4001: Managing for a Changing Climate

OCS 7001: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Ocean and Coastal Science

Recent Publications

Google Scholar Profile

(italics indicate mentee work, underline indicates undergraduate/high school mentee)
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Tittensor, D.P., Novaglio, C., Harrison, C.S., Heneghan, R.F., Barrier, N., Bianchi, D., Bopp, L., Bryndum-Buchholz, A., Britten, G.L., Büchner, M., Cheung, W.W.L., Christensen, V., Coll, M., Dunne, J.P., Eddy, T.D., Everett, J.D., Fernandes-Salvador, J.A., Fulton, E.A., Galbraith, E.D., Gascuel, D., Guiet, J., John, J.G., Link, J.S., Lotze, H.K., Maury, O., Ortega-Cisneros, K., Palacios-Abrantes, J., Petrik, C.M., du Pontavice, H., Rault, J., Richardson, A.J., Shannon, L., Shin, Y.-J., Steenbeek, J., Stock, C.A., Blanchard, J.L., 2021. Next-generation ensemble projections reveal higher climate risks for marine ecosystems. Nat. Clim. Chang. 1–9. 

Heneghan, R.F., Galbraith, E., Blanchard, J.L., Harrison, C., Barrier, N., Bulman, C., Cheung, W., Coll, M., Eddy, T.D., Erauskin-Extramiana, M., Everett, J.D., Fernandes-Salvador, J.A., Gascuel, D., Guiet, J., Maury, O., Palacios-Abrantes, J., Petrik, C.M., du Pontavice, H., Richardson, A.J., Steenbeek, J., Tai, T.C., Volkholz, J., Woodworth-Jefcoats, P.A., Tittensor, D.P., 2021. Disentangling diverse responses to climate change among global marine ecosystem models. Progress in Oceanography 198, 102659. 

Zarnetske, P.L., Gurevitch, J., Franklin, J., Groffman, P.M., Harrison, C.S., Hellmann, J.J., Hoffman, F.M., Kothari, S., Robock, A., Tilmes, S., Visioni, D., Wu, J., Xia, L., Yang, C.-E., 2021. Potential ecological impacts of climate intervention by reflecting sunlight to cool Earth. PNAS 118. 

Harrison, C.S., Luo, J.Y., Putman, N.F., Li, Q., Sheevam, P., Krumhardt, K., Stevens, J., Long, M.C., 2021. Identifying global favourable habitat for early juvenile loggerhead sea turtles. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 

Coupe, J., Stevenson, S., Lovenduski, N.S., Rohr, T., Harrison, C.S., Robock, A., Olivarez, H., Bardeen, C.G., Toon, O.B., 2021. Nuclear Niño response observed in simulations of nuclear war scenarios. Nature Communications Earth & Environment 2, 1–11. 

Scherrer, Kim*, Harrison, C.S*., Heneghan, R., Galbraith, E.D., Bardeen, C., Coupe, J., Jägermeyr, J., Lovenduski, N.S., Luna, A., Robock, A., Stevens, J., Stevenson, S., Toon, O.B., Xia, L., 2020. Marine wild-capture fisheries after nuclear war. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 

* co-lead authors

Tilmes, S., MacMartin, D.E., Lenaerts, J.T.M., Kampenhout, L. van, Muntjewerf, L., Xia, L., Harrison, C.S.,Krumhardt, K.M., Mills, M.J., Kravitz, B., Robock, A., 2020. Reaching 1.5C and 2.0C global surface temperature targets using stratospheric aerosol geoengineering. Earth System Dynamics Discussions 1–37. 

Krumhardt, K.M., Lovenduski, N.S., Long, M.C., Luo, J.Y., Lindsay, K., Yeager, S., Harrison, C.S., 2020. Potential Predictability of Net Primary Production in the Ocean. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 34, e2020GB006531. 

Rohr, Tyler, Harrison, C.S., Long, M.C., Gaube, P., Doney, S.C., 2020. Eddy-Modified Iron, Light, and Phytoplankton Cell Division Rates in the Simulated Southern Ocean. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 34, e2019GB006380. 

Rohr, Tyler, Harrison, C.S., Long, M.C., Gaube, P., Doney, S.C., 2020. The Simulated Biological Response to Southern Ocean Eddies via Biological Rate Modification and Physical Transport. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 34, e2019GB006385. 

Lovenduski, N.S., Harrison, C.S., Olivarez, H., Bardeen, C.G., Toon, O.B., Coupe, J., Robock, A., Rohr, T., Stevenson, S., 2020. The Potential Impact of Nuclear Conflict on Ocean Acidification. Geophysical Research Letters 47, e2019GL086246. 

Robock, A., Toon, O.B., Bardeen, C.G., Xia, L., Kristensen, H.M., McKinzie, M., Peterson, R.J., Harrison, C.S., Lovenduski, N.S., Turco, R.P., 2019. How an India-Pakistan nuclear war could start—and have global consequences. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 75, 273–279. 

Toon, O.B., Bardeen, C.G., Robock, A., Xia, L., Kristensen, H., McKinzie, M., Peterson, R.J., Harrison, C.S.,Lovenduski, N.S., Turco, R.P., 2019. Rapidly expanding nuclear arsenals in Pakistan and India portend regional and global catastrophe. Science Advances 5. 

Harrison, C.S., Long, M.C., Lovenduski, N.S., Moore, J.K., 2018. Mesoscale Effects on Carbon Export: A Global Perspective. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 32, 680–703.