Natalie Freeman

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Research Physical Scientist


Atmosphere-Ocean Processes and Predictability




(720) 213-6582


Natalie Freeman is a research physical scientist at the Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL) of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratories (ESRL) in Boulder, Colorado. Her primary research is focused on the interaction of physical and biogeochemical processes in the ocean, through which large-scale climate variability imprints on the functioning of marine ecosystems. Natalie is involved in projects focused in the California Current System along the US west coast, where ecosystems are increasingly inundated by multiple stressors, such as the co-occurrence of a marine heatwave and ocean acidification. She is currently leading an effort to provide National Marine Sanctuaries with seasonal-to-decadal forecasts and centennial-scale projections of the physical and biogeochemical ocean conditions most relevant to west coast sanctuary management. Natalie hopes that results from her research and collaborations will help marine resource managers prepare for climate change impacts on the marine ecosystems they strive to conserve and protect.

Research Interests

  • Ocean biogeochemistry
  • Climate variability and change
  • Marine ecosystems
  • Bio-physical interactions
  • Climate extremes


  • Ph.D., Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, CU-Boulder, 2017
  • M.S., Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, CU-Boulder, 2014
  • B.S., Mathematics, University of Kansas, 2012

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