Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Geneviève Elsworth


Org Code: 610

Mail Code: 610.1
Greenbelt, MD 20771


Brief Bio

Dr. Elsworth is an interdisciplinary climate and ocean scientist in the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office, NASA’s center for understanding our changing climate using advanced Earth system modeling tools. Her research focuses on the application of data assimilation methods to constrain the impacts of climate change and variability on the ocean carbon cycle. She contributes to multiple NASA science teams including the Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) and the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2).

She earned her PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2022 where she lead research on the impacts of climate change and variability on ocean carbon, biogeochemistry, and ecology. In 2014, she received her MS from McGill University where she explored the role of enhanced weathering on paleoclimate tipping points using a combination of paleoclimate datasets and climate model simulations.

Her research experience includes three years as a Research Geoscientist at ExxonMobil's Research and Engineering Company where she collaborated on innovative technologies in the energy industry. She also has extensive scientific outreach experience as the Director of the Community Science Volunteer Network for the NSF-funded Marcellus Matters initiative.


Postdoctoral Research Associate | Climate Science

NASA Goddard Space Flight Scenter - Greenbelt, MD

October 2022 - Present

Research Scientist | Climate Science

Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado Boulder - Boulder, CO

October 2018 - June 2022

Research Geoscientist | R&D

ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company - Annandale, NJ

November 2015 - August 2018

Community Science Coordinator | Citizen Science

Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, Pennsylvania State University - State College, PA

December 2014 - November 2015

Research Scientist | Climate Science

Earth System Dynamics Laboratory, McGill University - Montréal, QC

October 2012 - July 2014

Laboratory Manager | Biogeochemistry

Microbial Geobiology and Biogeochemistry Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University - State College, PA

October 2008 - August 2012


PhD, University of Colorado Boulder, Geosciences (2022)

MS, McGill University, Geosciences (2014)

BS, Pennsylvania State University, Geosciences (2012)

Minor, University of Southampton, Marine Sciences (2010)



Elsworth, G. W., N. S. Lovenduski, K. M. Krumhardt, T. M. Marchitto, and S. Schlunegger. 2022. Anthropogenic climate change drives non-stationary phytoplankton variance [10.5194/egusphere-2022-579]

Elsworth, G. W., N. S. Lovenduski, and K. A. McKinnon. 2021. Alternate History: A Synthetic Ensemble of Ocean Chlorophyll Concentrations Global Biogeochemical Cycles 35 (9): [10.1029/2020gb006924]

Elsworth, G. W., N. S. Lovenduski, K. A. McKinnon, K. M. Krumhardt, and R. X. Brady. 2020. Finding the Fingerprint of Anthropogenic Climate Change in Marine Phytoplankton Abundance Current Climate Change Reports 6 (2): 37-46 [10.1007/s40641-020-00156-w]

Elsworth, G., E. Galbraith, G. Halverson, and S. Yang. 2017. Enhanced weathering and CO2 drawdown caused by latest Eocene strengthening of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation Nature Geoscience 10 (3): 213-216 [10.1038/ngeo2888]