Associate Professor, Climate, Atmospheric Science, and Physical Oceanography division

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I study small-scale dynamical processes in the ocean, primarily internal waves and turbulence.  My main interests lie in integrating ocean observations, process studies and numerical simulations to understand the dynamics of high-frequency ocean processes and their relationship to lower-frequency global phenomena.  Recently I have been involved both with numerical process studies of nonlinear interactions between internal waves and with ocean-going observations of internal-wave driven turbulent mixing.  Simultaneously, I am working with collaborators to use numerical and observational results to develop analytical parameterizations of turbulent diffusivity for  use in large-scale numerical models.  As an example of the later, I'm leading a  Climate Process Team (look here) developing new parameterizations of internal-wave driven mixing for use in global climate models.


  • B.A., Swarthmore College, 1995.  Major in Physics. 
  • M.S., University of Washington, 1999.
  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 2002. Thesis title: Coastal Recipes: Internal waves, turbulence and mixing on the New England continental shelf. Thesis committee: Drs. Michael Gregg (chair), Eric Kunze, Eric D’Asaro, Parker MacCready