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Cheryl Greengrove, Ph.D.

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Physical Oceanography
Columbia University
Physical Oceanography
Columbia University
Physical Oceanography
Columbia University
Moravian College


Cheryl Greengrove is an Associate Professor of Geoscience in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at University of Washington Tacoma (UW Tacoma) and a founding faculty member of the Environmental Science Program at UW Tacoma. She is a physical oceanographer presently working with biological, chemical and geological oceanographers on studying harmful algal blooms in Puget Sound and estuarine processes in Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Her favorite activity is taking her students in the field and involving them in hands-on research.

Current Research

Over the course of my career as a physical oceanographer, my research focus has moved from "blue water" studies of the advection and diffusion processes that govern circulation in the South Atlantic Ocean, to coastal circulation studies off areas such as northern California, to investigating various marine environmental issues in estuarine systems in the Pacific Northwest.  Currently, I am part of two interdisciplinary teams of marine scientists: one studying harmful algal blooms in Puget Sound, and the other exploring the physical, chemical and biological oceanographic conditions in the fjords of Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds, British Columbia, Canada.  My present areas of research also include local watershed studies and investigations into various science education pedagogical techniques particularly useful for hands-on, field-based activities in environmentally related courses.


I teach a variety of courses that cover topics in earth, air and water, as well as more generalized Environmental Science courses:

  • TCORE Global Climate Change - for first-year students
  • TESC 310 Environmental Research Seminar - the gateway class for Environmental Science majors
  • TESC 241 Oceanography - lab class
  • TESC 215 Meteorology - lab class
  • TESC 343 The Atmosphere and Air Pollution - lab class
  • TESC 445 Estuarine Field Studies - field class

as well as a host of other Environmental and Geoscience courses.

I also regularly develop and teach international field courses that integrate science and culture.


  • The Oceanography Society
  • Estuarine Research Federation
  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Society of Limnology & Oceanography
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Association for Women Geoscientists
  • National Association of Geoscience Teachers
  • Association of Women in Science
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • Sigma Xi

Academic Service

  • Puyallup River Watershed Council - non-profit board member
  • Citizens for a Healthy Bay - non-profit board member

Honors and Awards

  • 2010 UW Green Award - Environmental Science Group
  • 2006 UW Tacoma Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 2004 Brotman award for excellence in teaching - Environmental Science Group