Francisco Chavez

Affiliated Researcher

Specialties: Climate Change

Francisco Chavez was born and raised in Peru where he attended Markham College in Lima. Chavez has a BS from Humboldt State and a PhD from Duke University. He was one of the first scientists of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), where he has been for twenty years and serves as Senior Scientist. At MBARI he pioneered time series research and the development of new instruments and systems to make this type of research sustainable.  Chavez has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers, with 10 in Nature and Science. He is a past member of the National Science Foundation Geosciences Advisory Committee. He has been heavily involved in the development of the US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) and member of the Governing Boards of the Central and Northern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS), the Pacific Coastal Ocean Observing System (PaCOOS) and the Center for Integrated Marine Technologies (CIMT). He is member of the Science Advisory Team for the California Ocean Protection Council.

Chavez is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences, honored for distinguished research on the impact of climate variability on oceanic ecosystems and global carbon cycling. He was named Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universidad Pedro Ruiz Gallo in Peru in recognition of his distinguished scientific career and for contributing to elevate academic and cultural levels of university communities in particular and society in general.

Contact Information:
Phone: (831) 775-1709

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