Offshore Energy Advisor
Offshore Energy Advisor


Genevra Harker-Klimeš is an Offshore Energy Advisor at PNNL-Sequim, who served as the Division Director for Coastal Sciences for 3 years. She came to PNNL in 2015 to lead the Triton Initiative, a capability set up by the U.S. Department of Energy to support the development of environmental technologies specifically for studies around marine renewable energy devices. Leading this project, she won Energy and Environment Directorate 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 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. In 2020, she was awarded a Master of Laws in Energy Law and Policy from the University of Dundee, Scotland.

Research Interest

  • Marine Energy
  • Environmental Effects


  • PhD, Marine Optics, Bangor University
  • MSc, Physical Oceanography, Bangor University
  • BSc, Physical Geography, University of Sheffield
  • LLM, Energy Law and Policy, University of Dundee

Affiliations and Professional Service

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



  • Staines G.J., Z. Deng, X. Li, J.J. Martinez, N.P. Kohn, and G. Harker-Klimeš. 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-Klimeš. 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-Klimeš, and V.I. Cullinan. 2017. "Studying fish near ocean energy devices using underwater video." In OCEANS 2017 MTS/IEEE, September 18-28, 2017, Anchorage, Alaska, 1-7. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-127299.