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Genevra EL Harker-Klimes

Genevra EL Harker-Klimes

Battelle Marine Sciences Laboratory
1529 West Sequim Bay Road
Sequim, WA 98382
(206) 528-3421


Genevra Harker-KlimeŇ° is the Division Director for the Coastal Sciences Division, based at the Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim, WA. She came to PNNL in 2015 to lead the Triton Initiative, a capability set up by DOE to support the development of environmental technologies specifically for studies around marine renewable energy devices. Leading this project, she won EED Project Manager of the Year in 2017. She took on the role of Technical Group Manager in 2018, and then Division Director in early 2019.

Before joining PNNL, she was an environmental consultant for renewable energy in Europe for the previous 13 years. Prior to that, she worked for an oceanographic survey company taking offshore measurements for numerous projects around the world (usually in high seas!). She has a PhD and MSc in physical oceanography from Bangor University, Wales, and a BSc in physical geography from the University of Sheffield, England. She is also studying for an LLM in Energy Law and Policy, from the University of Dundee, Scotland.

Research Interests

  • Marine renewable energy, environmental effects

Education and Credentials

  • PhD, Marine Optics, Bangor University
  • MSc Physical Oceanography, Bangor University
  • BSc Physical Geography, University of Sheffield

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, Chartered Marine Scientist, Chartered Scientist

PNNL Publications


  • Staines G.J., Z. Deng, X. Li, J.J. Martinez, N.P. Kohn, and G. Harker-Klimes. 2019. "Using acoustic telemetry for high-resolution sablefish movement informing potential interactions with a tidal turbine." In OCEANS 2019 MTS/IEEE, October 27-31, Seattle, WA. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-147226. doi:10.23919/OCEANS40490.2019.8962600


  • Harding S.F., and G. Harker-Klimes. 2017. Field measurement of velocity time series in the center of Sequim Bay. PNNL-26980. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Field measurement of velocity time series in the center of Sequim Bay
  • Matzner S., R.E. Hull, G. Harker-Klimes, and V.I. Cullinan. 2017. "Studying fish near ocean energy devices using underwater video." In OCEANS 2017 MTS/IEEE, September 18-28, 2017, Ancorage, Alaska, 1-7. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-127299.

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas