Alexander Kozyr is an ocean data analyst for the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) in the Environmental Sciences Division of ORNL. He has held this position since 1993. Prior to his employment with ORNL and UTK, Kozyr worked as the Oceanographic Group leader of the Sakhalin Administration of Hydrometeorological Service in Sakhalin Island, Russia. Some of Kozyr’s responsibilities with the Sakhalin Administration included sampling and analyzing the hydrographic data obtained during 17 oceanographic expeditions in the Sea of Okhotsk, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, as well as developing and publishing the Atlas of Ice Conditions in the Sea of Okhotsk and Northern Sea of Japan based on long-term observations from aircraft.
Kozyr received his MS in physical oceanography from the Admiral Makarov State Maritime Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1979. During his five years of study, he specialized in physical and chemical oceanography, marine meteorology and ecology, and hydrology of land.
Kozyr’s current research at ORNL involves identifying and obtaining oceanographic data sets that contain CO2 -related measurements resulting from the World Ocean Circulation Experiment, Joint Global Ocean Flux Study, International Global Ocean Carbon and Repeat Hydrology Program, Global Volunteer Observing Ship Program, CO2 Moorings and Time-series Project, Global Coastal Program, and other national and international program cruises. Kozyr conducts research and acts as the co-chairman of the International Carbon in the Atlantic data synthesis project. He is involved in the North Pacific Organization as a U.S. representative in the Carbon and Climate Group where he is responsible for the data management support for the carbon-related measurements.
Kozyr is a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project Science Steering Group. While at CDIAC, he took part in four oceanographic expeditions in the Pacific, Indian, Atlantic and Southern Oceans.