Professor Greene received his PhD in Oceanography from the University of Washington in 1985 and spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). In 1986, he joined the faculty at Cornell as a visiting assistant professor in the Division of Biological Sciences. Through the years at Cornell, Professor Greene has served as the Director for the Biological Resources Program and the Ocean Resources & Ecosystems Program. Currently, he is a professor in the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences. In recognition of his contributions to the oceanographic community in research, teaching, and service, Dr. Greene was elected a Fellow in The Oceanography Society in 2008. Greene became an Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Sustaining Fellow in 2016.

Research Interests

The focus of Professor Greene's NW Atlantic research has shifted from field studies to retrospective analyses of remote-sensing and time-series data. This shift has enabled him to interpret the results of previous field studies in the context of patterns developing over inter-annual to inter-decadal time scales. This work is done in the context of a working group he organized in 2000 called Marine Ecosystem Responses to Climate in the North Atlantic (MERCINA).

New field research is being developed in Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest to compliment efforts in bioacoustical oceanography.

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Teaching Interests

Whenever possible, Dr. Greene integrates educational activities into his research, promoting field courses for Cornell students as well as students from around the world. Currently, he teaches Marine Ecosystem Sustainability, Introduction to Oceanography, and Marine Ecosystem Dynamics in a Changing Ocean on campus and Conservation Oceanography and Marine Bioacoustics in off-campus field courses. Since 1993, he has organized summer and winter field courses in Marine Bioacoustics with grant support from the Office of Naval Research. Between 1993 and 2015, these courses have trained over 300 undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students from 32 countries.

Selected Publications

  • Greene, Charles, Mark E. Huntley, Ian Archibald, Leda N. Gerber, Deborah L. Sills, Joe Granados, Colin M. Beal, Michael J. Walsh. 2017.  "Geoengineering, marine microalgae, and climate stabilization in the 21st century."  5(3): 278-284.
  • Greene, Charles. 2016.  "Marine microalgae: Climate, energy, and food security from the sea."  Oceanography  29(4): 10-15.
  • Greene, Charles. 2016.  "North America's iconic marine species at risk due to unprecedented ocean warming."  Oceanography  29(3): 14-17.
  • Beal, Colin M., Mark E. Huntley, Zachary Johnson, Charles Greene. 2015. "Demonstrated large-scale production of marine microalgae for fuels and feed."  Algal Research  11: 249-265.
  • Beal, Colin M., Leda Gerber, Deborah L. Sills, Charles Greene. 2015.  "Algal biofuel production for fuels and feed in a 100-ha facility: A comprehensive techno-economic analysis and life cycle assessment."  Algal Research  10: 266-279.


  • BA(Biological Oceanography),University of Colorado,1978
  • Ph D(Biological Oceanography),University of Washington,1985


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