Irina Marinov
Irina Assistant Professor
Department of Earth and Environmental Science
University of Pennsylvania
240 S. 33rd Street
Hayden Hall 254B
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6316
Tel: (+1) 215-898-1014
Classes taught:
Global Climate Change
Ocean-Atmosphere Dynamics


Irina is an Assistant Professor in the Earth & Environmental Sciences Department at Penn. Irina is originally from Bucharest, Romania, where she graduated from the prestigious St Sava High School. She is a BA graduate of Middlebury College, where she studied physics, mathematics, art history and many other interesting things. After receiving her 2005 PhD in Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences from Princeton, Irina spent a few years as a postdoctoral researcher at MIT and at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. At Penn, Irina teaches two undergraduate classes: Global Climate Change and Ocean-Atmosphere Dynamics and Implications for Climate Change, and leads the Ocean and Climate Dynamics Group. Irina and her group run and analyze large (1 million lines of code!) climate models to predict future changes in climate, with a particular focus on the role of the oceans in the global heat and carbon cycle.


1998: Middlebury College, VT, Physics and Mathematics B.A.
2005: Princeton University, Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences Ph.D.

Professional Experience:

July 2012 – present: Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania

January 2009 – June 2012: Lecturer, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania

2007 – 2009: Postdoctoral Investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Marine Chemistry / Geochemistry Dept.

2005 – 2007: NOAA Postdoctoral fellow in Climate and Global Change, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Earth and Planetary Sciences Dept.

Professional Activities (selected):

Faculty host for the Penn Alumni expedition to Antarctica in February 2014.

Panel reviewer of scientific research proposals for the National Science Foundation (2012-2013), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (2013), and the Schmidt Ocean Institute (2014).

Member of the Joint US Climate Variability and Predictability Research Program – Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (CLIVAR/OCB) Working Group "Heat and carbon uptake by the Southern Ocean" (2012-2014)

Associate investigator for the ongoing NSF-funded collaborative project "The Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling" (SOCCOM).

Expert reviewer of internal technical reports for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (2012).

Participant and speaker, NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Summer Institute, 8-12 July 2012, Steamboat Spring, Colorado.

Ocean Sciences Meeting 2012: Chaired a session on “Improving the Representation of Plankton Ecology in Earth System Models”. Talk on “Response of ocean ecology to climate change: an initial IPCC AR5 Earth System Model Intercomparison”

Participated in the WCRP “Open Science Conference: Climate Research in Service to Society” in Denver, Colorado, Oct 2011. Received outstanding poster presentation for “Predicting the behavior of ocean ecology in a changing climate: theory and coupled model intercomparison”

Invited speaker and participant, Workshop on "Upper Ocean Nutrient Limitation: Processes, Patterns and Potential for Change" at the National Oceanography Center in Southampton, UK, Nov 2nd-7th 2010

Invited faculty speaker at the University of Washington's Program on Climate Change "Summer Institute on Climate Feedbacks", at Friday Harbor Labs, Sept 14-17th 2010

Cruise Experience: Participated in the June 2008 BATS 236 oceanographic cruise out of Bermuda. Assisted Dr. Ken Buessler's Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution group (Andrew McDonnell and Stephanie Owens) with carbon particle flux measurements (NBST, PITS, in situ pumps) and with deploying the video plankton recorder.

In Dec 2008 I participated in the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) Career Workshop at the American Geophysical Union meeting, San Francisco. The ESWN network promotes career development, provides informal mentoring and support, and facilitates professional collaborations among women in Earth Sciences. To become part of this excellent network go to

Participated in the CarboOceans summer school "Combining data and models: statistical analysis and data assimilation in biogeochemical oceanography", at the Leibnitz Institute of Marine Sciences, Kiel University, Kiel, Germany, August 7th-14th, 2007.

Session Co-convener (with Mick Follows and Arnold Gordon) at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in Hawaii in 2006. Our session, "High Latitude Dynamics and Biogeochemistry" was successful at bringing together a good number of physical oceanographers and biogeochemists. Our three oral sessions were followed by a poster session.

Member: American Geophysical Union, American Society for Limnology and Oceanography, American Association for the Advancement of Science