I am a NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow studying climate science and physical oceanography at the California Institute of Technology and the National Center for Atmospheric Research with the mentorship of Andy Thompson and Frank Bryan.
I am interested in the role of ocean circulation in global climate and climate change. My research concerns how surface fluxes of heat and freshwater influence the movement of water between the major ocean basins of the global ocean. Large-scale ocean currents, which transport ocean waters across vast distances, and between the surface and deep ocean, carry with them heat and carbon dioxide. This transport has an important influence on the global climate. My work, thus far, has been an effort to better understand how surface processes, and the patterns over which heat and freshwater are gained and lost from the ocean surface, influence the global circulation of ocean waters.
As a former UW Program on Ocean Change IGERT Fellow, I am also interested in the socio-economic dimensions, and implications, of global climate change.