Nathalie Goodkin

Curator, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Division of Physical Sciences
Associate Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program, Ph.D.

Harvard University, B.A.

Research Interests

Dr. Goodkin’s research is focused on understanding and using coral geochemistry to reconstruct ocean-atmosphere interactions, climate behavior, and pollution histories over the past 500 years. 

Her team uses paleoclimate proxies in coral skeleton (e.g., stable isotopes) to reconstruct the climate of the last 500 years.  The group utilizes coral skeletons as recorders of environmental conditions, providing insights into climate behavior on seasonal to decadal time scales. Dr. Goodkin strives to improve our understanding of the influences biological calcification on chemical fossils to improve the reliability of biogenic carbonate reconstructions.

In the past five years, Dr. Goodkin has focused on understanding how changes to mean sea surface temperature, salinity and circulation interact with the Southeast Asian Monsoon system. As warm water from the Pacific Ocean is pushed through the marginal seas of Southeast Asia towards the Indian Ocean, heat is transferred from the ocean to land driving precipitation patterns. Understanding how these systems have changed and interacted in the past will be critical to predicting climate in the future. 


Unlocking Climate Change

What is a Chemical Oceanographer?


Carrasco, G., Chen, M.*, Boyle, E. A., Tanzil, J.*, Zhou, K., Goodkin, N. (2018) An update of the Pb inventory in post leaded-petrol Singapore environments, Environmental Pollution, doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2017.09.025.

Murty, S. A.*, Goodkin, N. F., Halide, H., Natawidjaja, D., Suwargadi, B., Suprinhanto, I., Prayudi, D., Switzer, A. D., Gordon, A. L.  (2017) Climatic influences on southern Makassar Strait salinity over the past century, Geophysical Research Letters, 10.1002/2017GL075504.

Ramos, R.*, Goodkin, N. F., Siringan, F. P., Hughen, K. A. (2017) Diploastrea heliopora Sr/Ca and δ18O records from northeast Luzon, Philippines: An assessment of interspecies coral proxy calibrations and climate controls of sea surface temperature and salinity, Paleoceanography, 32:424-438, doi:10.1002/2017PA003098.

Canterero, S. I.*, Tanzil, J.*, Goodkin, N. F. + (2017) Measurement of coral Ba/Ca using Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emissions Spectrometry, Limnology and Oceanography Methods, doi: 10.1002/lom3.10152.

Chen, M.*+, Goodkin, N. F., Boyle, E. A., Switzer, A. D., Bolton, A. (2016), Lead in the western South China Sea: Evidence of atmospheric deposition and upwelling, Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 4490–4499, doi:10.1002/2016GL068697.

Xie, J. X., Wong, J. C. Y., Dumont, C. P., Goodkin, N. F., Qiu, J.-W. + (2016), Borehole density on the surface of living Porites corals as an indicator of sedimentation in Hong Kong, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 108, 87-93, doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.04.055.

Bolton, A.*+, Goodkin, N. F., Druffel, E., Griffin, S., Murty, S. A. (2016), Upwelling of Pacific Intermediate Water in the South China Sea Revealed by Coral Radiocarbon Record, Radiocarbon, doi: 10.1017/RDC.2015.4.

Martin, P.*+, Goodkin, N. F., Stewart, J. A., Foster, G. L., Sikes, E. L., White, H., Hennige, S., Roberts, M. (2016), Deep-sea coral δ13C: A tool to reconstruct the difference between seawater pH and δ11B-derived calcification site pH, Geophysical Research Letters 42, doi:10.10021/2015GL06649.

Teaching Experience

Faculty Appointments

Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University, 2012-present

Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, 2016-present

Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong, 2008-2012


Courses Taught

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

  • Oceanography
  • Environmental Sustainability

University of Hong Kong (HKU)

  • Oceanography
  • Climate and Climate Change
  • Introduction to Environmental Science


Graduate Advisees

  • Taufiq Mohtar, NTU
  • Molly Moynihan, NTU
  • Riovie Ramos, NTU
  • Sujata Murty, NTU
  • Teng Teng Yang, HKU