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2023 Scholar's Quest Lecture

In Honor of James G. March

Nicolas Gruber

Environmental Sciences

ETH Zurich

About Nicolas Gruber

Nicolas Gruber has been Full Professor of Environmental Physics at ETH Zurich at the Department of Environmental Systems Science since 2006. Before joining ETH Zurich, he was Assistant and then tenured Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed his Ph.D in University of Bern in 1997 after which he was a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University.


His research centers on the study of Earth’s carbon cycle, with a particular focus on the role of the ocean and its interaction with the climate system. He relies on the interpretation and analysis of observation data and modeling to conduct his research. 


He received the Rosenstiel Award from the University of Miami in 2004 and was elected as a fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2012. He has co-authored (with Jorge Sarmiento from Princeton University) the textbook "Ocean Biogeochemical Dynamics" which has become a seminal work in the field. He is a member of multiple international research boards and serves as an editor for AGU Advances and as a review editor for Science. He has been involved in the last three IPCC reports (AR4-AR6) as either a contributing or lead author. For many years, he was a member of the governing board of Climate-KIC (EU’s leading climate innovation initiative). Nicolas Gruber is the author of over 220 peer-reviewed publications and has been recognized as a highly cited authors for the last 4 years.

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