Cheryl Greengrove, Ph.D.

Associate Professor ; Graduate Faculty

Specialty: Geoscience, Oceans and Atmospheres

Greengrove, Cheryl

Contact information

Dept: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Room: SCI 218
Phone: 253-692-5658


  • Ph.D., Physical Oceanography, Columbia University, 1986.
  • M.A., Physical Oceanography, Columbia University, 1982.
  • B.S., Physics, Moravian College, 1979.


I am co-founder and coordinator of the Environmental Science Program at UWT. I also established the GIS Certificate Program at UWT, which is jointly administered by the Environmental Science and Urban Studies Programs.

I am a physical oceanographer, which means I study "motion in the ocean". Over the course of my career, 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, from Alaska to Washington. Currently, I am part of two interdisciplinary teams of marine scientists; one studying Harmful Algal Blooms (HABS) 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.

Courses I regularly teach include: Oceanography, Watersheds & Estuaries (field course), The Atmosphere & Air Pollution, Energy and the Environment.

Selected Publications:

  • Gawel, J. and C. Greengrove. 2005. Designing Undergraduate Research Experiences for Nontraditional Student Learning at Sea. Journal of Geoscience Education, 53: 31-36.
  • Greengrove, C. , R. Keil, G. Chin-Leo and M. Logsdon. 2004. Water Column Characteristics of Barkley and Clayoquot Sound, September 2004 Data Report.
  • Greengrove, C. and D. Secord. 2003. Clayoquot Sound Summer Marine Research Field Program for nontraditional placebound students. Journal of College Science Teaching. 32(5) 316-321.
  • Secord, D. and C. Greengrove. 2002. Environmental Science as a Vehicle for Building Natural Sciences and Environmental Education Into a New Interdisciplinary Urban Public University, With Comparisons to Other Programs. Journal of Environmental Education. 34(1) 32-37.

Selected Presentations with Students*:

  • Evans*, C. T., B. Van Mooy, R. Keil, C. Greengrove and G. Chin-Leo. 2004. Active bacterial community dynamics in a coastal fjord measured using t-RFLP analyses of BrdU incorporated DNA. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography National Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Chin-Leo, G., R. Keil, C. Greengrove, C. Evans*. 2004. Bacterioplankton Dynamics in Intermittently Anoxic Fjords of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography National Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Greengrove. C.L., R. Keil, G. Chin-Leo, and J. Grocock*. 2003. Physical Oceanographic Conditions in Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds B.C Canada, Late Summer 2000-2002. Estuarine Research Federation National Meeting, Seattle, WA.
  • Faubion*,L. and C.L. Greengrove. 2003. Distribution and Abundance of Phytoplankton in Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds, B.C. August 2002. Estuarine Research Federation National Meeting, Seattle, WA.
  • Osenga*, W.M., C.B. Tomkins* and C.L. Greengrove. 2003. Undergraduate Oceanographic Research: A Longitudinal Transect of Puget Sound, May 2002 & Historical Comparison. Georgia Basin/Puget Sound Research Conference, Vancouver, B.C.