Kenneth Denman

E-mail   denmank@uvic.ca

Adjunct Professor, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria BC Canada, V8W 2Y2

Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Building, Room SCI A213, University of Victoria
Telephone (250) 363-8230 

Fax (250) 363-8247 


Scientific Motivation

How will marine planktonic ecosystems respond to a future ocean that will be warmer, more stratified, more acidic, and less oxygenated?

Interests

I study the interactions between marine planktonic ecosystems, physical oceanographic processes and a changing climate. My aims are twofold: first, to understand and forecast how marine ecosystems will respond to a changing climate, and second, to understand the role marine ecosystems play in the oceanic cycling of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. I develop coupled physical-biogeochemical models of the ocean, including the planktonic ecosystem, the carbon cycle and other biogeochemical cycles. I was Coordinating Lead Author in the 1995 IPCC Climate Change report (SAR) of a chapter titled "Marine biotic responses to environmental change and feedbacks to climate", and in the 2007 4th IPCC Assessment (AR4) of a chapter titled "Couplings between changes in the climate system and biogeochemistry".  I have served on the Joint Steering Committee for the World Climate Research Programme and on the international Scientific Steering Committee for SOLAS (the Surface Ocean - Lower Atmosphere Study). I am located in the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis in the Wright Centre at the University of Victoria. Currently I chair the coordinating committee for the Ocean Acidification Program of MEOPAR (Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction, and Response), a Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence network led by Dalhousie University. 

Other Information

  • B.Sc. (Hon.) Physics (Calgary), Ph.D. Ocean Physics (UBC),  
  • Research Scientist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Bedford Institute of Oceanography (1972-1977), Institute of Ocean Sciences (1977-2010).
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
  • Wooster Award for significant scientific contributions to North Pacific marine science, North Pacific Marine Sciences Organization (PICES), 2007.
  • T.R. Parsons Award for Excellence in Ocean Research, Fisheries and Oceans Canada & Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 2006.
  • President's Prize, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 1988.
  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore for "their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change".
  • Hutchison Medal (shared), UK Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2013.

[Full CV, PDFfile]
 

Committees and Appointments

  • Co-author, External Review of the Dalhousie Oceanography Department, Halifax, Canada, April 2015.
  • Member, Core Group of Experts on Ocean Science in Canada, Council of Canadian Academies, 2011-2012.
  • Co-convenor, Workshop on 'Potential impacts of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems and fisheries', PICES/ICES/UNESCO Symposium on 'Climate change effects on fish and fisheries', Sendai, Japan, April, 2010.
  • Member, Deputy Minister's Science Management Board, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 2008-2010.
  • Member, British Columbia Premier's Climate Action Team, 2007-2008.
  • Coordinating Lead Author in the IPCC Climate Change 2007 AR4 report of chapter titled "Couplings between changes in the climate system and biogeochemistry".
  • Convening Lead Author in the IPCC Climate Change 1995 SAR report of chapter titled "Marine biotic responses to environmental change and feedbacks to climate".
  • International and Canadian SOLAS Scientific Steering Committees (2001-2006)
  • Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme (2001-2006)

Invited Talks Since 2001

  • Invited talk, 'Exploring the future structure of planktonic ecosystems in response to multiple stressors with an adaptive model', Japanese Science and Technology CREST workshop on Advances in Plankton Ecosystem Models and the Evaluation of Biodiversity, Tokyo, Japan, October 2014.
  • Poster, Denman, K.L. 'Exploring the future structure of planktonic ecosystems in response to multiple stressors with an adaptive model', Gordon Research Conference on Ocean Global Change Biology, Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, USA. July 2014.
  • Talks on 'Observatories in Ocean Networks Canada' and 'Ocean Acidification in Canada's Coastal Oceans' in Coastal Zone Canada (CZC)-MEOPAR joint sessions, CZC Annual Meeting, Halifax, Canada, June 2014.
  • Invited talk, 'Regional Oceanography Affecting the NEPTUNE Array', ONC-International Network for Scientific Investigation of Deep-Sea Ecosystems (INDEEP) Partnership Development workshop, Victoria, Canada, April 2014.
  • Invited talk, 'Research at Ocean Networks Canada', Canadian Healthy Oceans Network (CHONe) Oceans Vision 2020 Dialogue, Simon Fraser University Wosk Centre, Vancouver, December, 2013.
  • Talk, 'Modelling the changing structure of marine ecosystems in response to changes in the physical climate', Workshop on 'Identifying Mechanisms Linking Physical Climate and Ecosystem Change', PICES Annual Meeting, Nanaimo, Canada, October 2013.
  • Invited talk, 'VENUS observations in the Strait of Georgia', MEOPAR Marine Hazards Workshop, Vancouver, June 2013.
  • Invited talk, 'The North Atlantic: A Shared Resource', Galway Ireland, May 2013. EC+USA+Canada, invited talk 'Current ocean observation infrastructure in Canada'
  • Invited talk, 'How the oxygen cycle is represented in large scale ocean models', Symposium on Microbial Ecology and Biogeochemistry of Oxygen-deficient Marine Waters, Santa Cruz, Chile, March 2013.
  • Invited talk, 'Ocean acidification and the effects on marine ecosystems', Rainforest Education Society, Tofino BC, March, 2013.
  • Invited talk, 'VENUS, the Strait of Georgia, and ocean acidification', Department of Geography, University of Victoria, January, 2013.
  • Invited talk, 'How is climate change affecting marine ecosystems?', Bedford Institute of Oceanography 50th Anniversary Symposium, Halifax, October, 2012.
  • Invited talk, 'How will climate change affect marine ecosystems: A modelling approach?', Dalhousie University, Halifax, October, 2012.
  • Talk, 'Ocean acidification and changing structures of ocean ecosystems', Third International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World, Monterey CA, September, 2012.
  • Invited lecture, 'Ocean acidification, multiple stressors, and changing structures of ocean ecosystems', EPOCA European Project on Ocean Acidification Final Meeting, Nice, France, April, 2012.
  • Invited seminar, K. Denman, 'How will marine ecosystems adapt to the future ocean?', University of Maine, Orono ME, September, 2011.
  • Invited public lecture, K. Denman, 'The North Pacific: An Ocean in Transition', Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Annual Meeting, Victoria, Canada, June, 2011.
  • Invited internet talk, K. Denman, 'How will marine ecosystems adapt to a future climate that will be warmer, more stratified, more acidic and less oxygenated?', Coast to Coast Seminar Series on the Marine Environment and Climate Change, Interdisciplinary Research in the Mathematical and Computational Sciences (IRMACS) Centre, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby BC, November, 2010.
  • Invited public talk, K. Denman, 'How will marine ecosystems adapt to a future climate that will be warmer, more stratified, more acidic and less oxygenated?', Centre for Climate Change, McMaster University, Hamilton ON, October, 2010.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, 'Climate change in the N. Pacific Ocean and the responses of marine ecosystems', Plenary meeting of the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean, Victoria, July, 2010.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, 'Ocean acidification, marine ecosystems, and geoengineering of our climate', Ocean Discovery Days, Institute of Ocean Science, Sidney BC, June, 2010.
  • Invited lectures, K. Denman, Center for Microbial Oceanography Research and Education (C-MORE) Summer School, University of Hawaii, Honolulu: (i) Observing ocean ecosystems: Needs, capabilities, and the future', (ii) 'Responses of marine ecosystems to a changing climate', (iii) 'Climate change: the collision of science, politics, economics & ethics', and (iv) ' Ocean acidification, marine ecosystems, and geoengineering of our climate', June 2010.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, 'Marine ecosystems in a changing climate', DFO Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo, May, 2010.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, 'Ocean acidification, marine ecosystems, and geoengineering of our climate', Institute of Coastal Ocean Research, University of Victoria, Victoria, April, 2010.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, 'Ocean acidification, marine ecosystems, and geoengineering our climate', Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, Victoria, April, 2010.
  • Invited lecture, K. Denman, 'Climate change, ocean acidification and marine ecosystems', Class in Resource Management, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, March, 2010.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, W. Merryfield and J. Fyfe, 'Marine ecosystems in a changing climate: Implications for DFO and the NW Atlantic', DFO Workshop on NW Atlantic Ocean Climate Change and Marine Ecosystems, Halifax, February, 2010.
  • Invited Distinguished Lecture, K. Denman, 'Climate change, ocean acidification and marine ecosystems', Centre for Global Change Science, University of Toronto, Scarborough, February, 2010.
  • Invited plenary speaker, K. Denman, 'Marine ecosystems in a changing climate', Symposium on Energy & Environment: Crisis, Opportunities and Challenges, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, November, 2009.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, 'Marine ecosystems in a changing climate, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, November, 2010.
  • Invited plenary speaker, K. Denman, 'Observing ocean ecosystems: Needs, capabilities and gaps', OceanObs09: Ocean Information for Society Conference, Venice, September, 2009.
  • Invited lecture, K. Denman, 'Responses of marine ecosystems to climate: physical oceanographic and biogeochemical linkages', Advanced Study Program Summer Colloquium on Marine Ecosystems and Climate: Modeling and Analysis of Observed Variability, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, USA, August, 2009.
  • Invited plenary speaker, K. Denman, 'GLOBEC – A View from the Outside', Plenary Session: Into the Future Session, 3rd GLOBEC Open Science Meeting, Victoria, Canada, June, 2009.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, 'Responses of marine ecosystems to climate change and variability', Canadian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society, Annual Meeting, Halifax, June, 2009.
  • Invited Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society 2009 Tour Speaker, K. Denman, 'Climate change: the collision of science, politics, economics and ethics', 17 talks in 11 cities across Canada, January-April, 2009.
  •  Invited talk, K. Denman, 'Climate change: the collision of science, politics, economics and ethics', Sidney Rotary Club, March, 2009.
  • Invited lecture, K. Denman, 'Climate change: the collision of science, politics, economics and ethics', EOS 365 course, University of Victoria, March, 2009.
  • Invited lecture, K. Denman, 'Climate change and marine ecosystems', EOS 311 course, University of Victoria, March, 2009.
  • Invited lecture, K. Denman, 'Climate change: the collision of science, politics, economics and ethics', Class in Resource Management, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, March, 2009.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, 'The oceans and climate change: The IPCC Fourth Assessment Report and beyond', Québec-Océan 7th Annual Meeting, Rivière-du-Loup, PQ, November, 2008.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, 'Climate change: the collision of science, politics, and ethics', Business Futures of the Americas Conference, American Association of Chambers of Commerce of Latin America, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, June, 2008.
  • Invited lectures, K. Denman, 1. 'Feedbacks between ocean ecosystems, ocean biogeochemistry and climate', 2. 'Formulations of marine ecosystem models that respond to climate', and 3. 'Simulation of climate change with a global climate carbon-cycle model', Alpine Summer School on Interaction and Coevolution of Climate and Biosphere, Val d'Aosta, Italy, June. 2008.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, 'Climate change: DFO's role', DFO Deputy Minister's Science Management Board, Ottawa, April, 2008.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, 'Climate change: the collision of science + policy + politics + ethics', Withinsight Students Annual Workshop "Leaders of the Wired World", Ottawa, March, 2008.
  • Invited lecture, K. Denman, 'Climate change and marine ecosystems', Class in Resource Management, Malaspina University College, Nanaimo, January, 2008.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, 'The Canadian Global Carbon Cycle Model: First results from the CCCMA coupled carbon cycle climate model 'CanESM', Atmospheric Physics Group, University of Toronto, December, 2007.
  • Invited Keynote Lecture, K. Denman, 'The North Pacific, human activity, and climate change', North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) 16th Annual Meeting, Victoria, October, 2007.
  • Invited talk,  K.Denman, 'A short story from climate change', Common Energy Network 'Going Beyond Climate-Neutral Conference', University of Victoria, October, 2007.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, 'Climate change and marine ecosystems: feedbacks and impacts', University of Washington Program on Climate Change Annual Summer Institute, Friday Harbor Laboratories WA, September 2007.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, 'How is our climate going to change – from the global scale to our own back yard garden?', Victoria Rhododendron Society, September 2007.
  • Invited talk, M. Foreman and K. Denman, 'The influence of climate on physical and biological processes: Issues relevant to the US GLOBEC Pan Regional Synthesis', Second Annual U.S. GLOBEC Pan-Regional Synthesis Workshop, Seattle, September 2007.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, 'Feedbacks between the global carbon cycle, the ocean, and climate: Key issues arising from the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4)', Second International Conference on Earth System Modelling, Hamburg, August 2007.
  • Invited keynote lecture, K. Denman, 'The Fourth IPCC Assessment Report on Climate Change (AR4): A view from the inside', DFO Regional Science Symposium, Institute of Ocean Sciences, Sidney, May, 2007.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, 'The Fourth IPCC Assessment Report on Climate Change (AR4): Key new findings and key science issues', CMOS Ottawa Chapter, Ottawa, April, 2007.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, 'The Fourth IPCC Assessment Report on Climate Change (AR4): A view from the inside', DFO ADM-Science Lecture, Ottawa, April, 2007.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, 'The Fourth IPCC Assessment Report on Climate Change: A view from the inside', SEOS Fireside Chat, University of Victoria, February, 2007.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, 'The Fourth IPCC Assessment Report on Climate Change: A view from the inside', Friday Morning Ocean Sciences Talk, Institute of Ocean Sciences, Sidney, February, 2007.
  • Invited lecture, K. Denman, 'Climate Change: How is it affecting the ocean?', Class in Resource Management, Malaspina University College, Nanaimo, February, 2007.
  • Invited comments, K. Denman, 'Climate Change: How is it affecting ocean biogeochemistry?', Panel Discussion, University of Victoria – Royal Society of Canada Forum, "Are We Killing the World's Oceans?", February, 2007.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman and T.M. Powell, 'US GLOBEC pan-regional synthesis: an outsider's view', US GLOBEC Pan-Synthesis Workshop, Boulder, CO, November, 2006.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, A. Peña, and B. Frost, 'Ecosystem modelling at Ocean Station P: What have we learned about the subarctic NE Pacific?', PICES/DFO Fifty Years of  Line P Symposium, Victoria, July, 2006.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, N. Steiner, N. McFarlane, C. Voelker, and A Peña, 'Connecting SOLAS to climate change: Extrapolating to larger spatial and longer time scales', CMOS Annual Congress, Toronto, May, 2006.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, G. Flato, N. Roulet, 'Yes, the ocean has an ecosystem too', Fluxnet Canada Research Network Annual Meeting, Victoria, February 2006.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, G. Flato, and N. Roulet, 'The role of the carbon cycle in regulating how the climate responds to emissions from human activities', Science for Solutions Parallel Session at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change CoP-11, First Meeting of the Parties who ratified the Kyoto Agreement, Montreal, December 2005.
  • Invited talk, 'The impact of climate change on the oceans', Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Halifax, June 2005.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman, G. Flato, and N. Roulet: 'The Canadian Global Coupled Carbon Climate Model - CGC3M' , Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Annual Congress, Vancouver, Canada, June, 2005.
  • Invited plenary talk: 'The impact of climate change on the oceans', in 'Changing Currents – Charting a course of action for the future of the Oceans', Morris Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, February, 2005.
  • Invited seminar: 'Fertilizing the oceans with iron – can it reverse the buildup of CO2 in the atmosphere?', Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, UBC, Vancouver, January, 2005.
  • Invited Plenary talk: 'Modelling the planktonic community response to iron fertilization', International SOLAS Science Conference, Halifax, Canada, October, 2004.
  • Invited seminar: 'Fertilizing the ocean – can it solve the greenhouse gas problem?', Centre for Earth and Ocean Research, U. Victoria, November, 2004.
  • Invited talk, K. Denman and A. Peña: 'Modelling iron limitation in the N. Pacific', PICES-IFEP Workshop on 'In situ iron enrichment experiments in the eastern and western subarctic Pacific', Victoria, Canada. February 2004.
  • Invited Plenary talk: 'Modelling marine ecosystems: Why do we need models and where are we going?', American Geophysical Union, Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland USA, January, 2004.
  • Invited talk: 'A 3-d model of the ocean carbon cycle: sensitivities to topographic mixing and the biological pump', SCOR/Japanese Oceanographic Society Meeting, Sapporo, September, 2002.
  • Invited President's Plenary talk: 'Ocean processes and the global carbon cycle', Canadian Geophysical Union Annual Conference, Banff AB, May, 2002.
  • Invited talk: 'The stability of marine ecosystems in a changing climate'.  DFO Pacific Science Symposium, Nanaimo BC, May, 2002.
  • Invited talk: 'Modelling the planktonic ecosystem: How much complexity is too much?', PICES X Special Session S2 on Plankton size classes, functional groups and ecosystem dynamics: Causes and consequences, Victoria, October, 2001.
  • Invited colloquium speaker: 'Marine planktonic ecosystems and climate change: Can we see the future?', McGill University, September, 2001.
  • Invited talk: 'Simulating the response to the 1976 climate shift in the North Pacific Ocean with a coupled ocgm/biogeochemical model', Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society, Victoria, June, 2001.
  • Invited talks: 'Biological oceanographic futures.com', and 'Models of the response of planktonic ecosystems to climate change', Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, May, 2001.
  • Invited talks: 'The response of two coupled 1-d mixed layer / planktonic ecosystem models to climate change', and 'Investigation of the 1976 climate shift in the N. Pacific with a coupled ecosystem / isopycnic model'. Workshop on Biotic Influences on Climate Change, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, April, 2001.

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