Jorge Sarmiento

George J. Magee Professor of Geosciences and Geological Engineering, Princeton University
Founding Director
Office Phone
306A Sayre Hall Princeton University


Oceanic cycles of climactically important chemicals such as carbon dioxide and use of chemical tracers to study ocean circulation.


Jorge Sarmiento has published widely on the global carbon cycle, on the use of chemical tracers to study ocean circulation, on the impact of climate change on ocean biology and biogeochemistry, and on the role of the Southern Ocean in determining the air-sea balance of carbon dioxide. He has published over 170 journal articles and is co-author, along with Nicolas Gruber, of the graduate textbook Ocean Biogeochemical Dynamics, published by Princeton University Press - the textbook has sold over 3,000 copies.

Dr. Sarmiento has demonstrated leadership  in the scientific planning and execution of a wide range of community-wide research activities, including the Joint Ocean Global Flux Study (JOGFS) during the 1990s and early 2000s, as well as the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program of the 2000s. He has more than 30 years of experience managing scientific research grants of approximately $1.5M per year for his own group. He has been Director of the Princeton University Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program for many years, and is also the founding Director of the Princeton/GFDL Cooperative Institute on Climate Science, which was established in 2003, whose annual expenses are approximately $3M.

Dr. Sarmiento serves as Director of the SOCCOM project. He and his research group are directly involved in data analysis, model analysis and metric development, as well as high resolution biogeochemical modeling.