Portrait of Jan Newton


Jan Newton

Co-Director, Washington Ocean Acidification Center

Jan Newton is a senior principal oceanographer with the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington, and an affiliate professor in both the UW School of Oceanography and the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. Jan serves as co-director of the Washington Ocean Acidification Center, which operates from the College of the Environment and EarthLab, and fosters connections among researchers, policymakers, industry, and others to address key priorities established by the state legislature concerning ocean acidification. She also is the executive director of the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS), which is part of a broader program of Integrated Ocean Observing Systems throughout the United States. Jan’s expertise is in biological oceanography, and her work focuses on the physical, chemical, and biological dynamics of Puget Sound and coastal Washington, including understanding effects from climate and humans on water properties. She is applying that research on local scales to a global network, the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON), which she co-chairs.