Research Interests
I am interested in ecosystem dynamics and ecosystem impacts on the ocean/large lake carbon cycles.  I would like to understand the ecosystem’s current role in the carbon budget in order to model its future role.  I am interested in projects of both the regional and global scales and would like to use models to project future regional and global carbon budgets for use in climate projections. 

Ph.D. – 2010, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
B.A. – 2002, Connecticut College, New London, CT
I studied math and physics as an undergraduate student.  I became interested in climate studies and ocean/lake ecosystem dynamics during my two years in AmeriCorps.  In my free time, I enjoy running, hiking, snowshoeing, hanging out with friends and family, and going to concerts.

Dr. Bennington PhD. Thesis - PDF


Bennington, V., G. A. McKinley, N. Kimura, and C. H. Wu (2010), General circulation of Lake Superior: Mean, variability, and trends from 1979 to 2006, J. Geophys. Res., 115, C12015, doi:10.1029/2010JC006261. Download PDF (2)

Bennington, V, G.A. McKinley, S. Dutkiewicz, D. Ullman (2009) What does chlorophyll variability tell us about export and air-sea CO2 flux variability in the North Atlantic? Global Biogeochem. Cycles., 23, GB3002, doi:10.1029/2008GB00341. download (1)

V. Bennington, McKinley, G.A., S. Dutkiewicz, D. Ullman, D. Polzin. Limits on Biologically-Controlled CO2 flux variability in the North Atlantic.
ASLO Ocean Science Meeting, Orlando, FL, March 2008. download


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Contact Info
Post-Doc Researcher
Center for Climatic Research
1153 Atmospheric, Oceanic & Space Science
1225 W. Dayton St.
Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1695

Phone Office: (608) 890-0885
Fax: (608) 263-4190
Email: benesh /$at/

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