Fred T. Mackenzie is emeritus professor of oceanography and geology and geophysics in the School of Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Hawaii. His research interests include: modeling of the earth surface system through geologic time; biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus and CO2 exchange in the coastal zone; effects of rising CO2 and temperature on coral/carbonate ecosystems; kinetics and thermodynamics of mineral-solution reactions; and implications of global warming for the sustainability of Pacific island nations and Hawaii.
Mackenzie’s background includes teaching and research experience at Shell Oil Company, the Bermuda Biological Station for Research, the West Indies Laboratory of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Harvard University, John Hopkins University, Northwestern University, the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and the Stareso Marine Laboratory in Corsica.
He is the author or coauthor of more than 250 scholarly publications, including Our Changing Planet (third edition), an introductory text in earth system science and global environmental change. He and his research colleagues and students have presented more than 125 research papers at national and international meetings.
He has served on national and international committees for the National Science Foundation, NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, the Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others. He has received many research and teaching awards. He received his BS degree in geology and physics from Upsala College in New Jersey and MS and PhD degrees in geology and geochemistry from Lehigh University.