Professor, Climate, Atmospheric Science, and Physical Oceanography division

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As a physical oceanographer, I study small-scale dynamical processes in the ocean, primarily internal waves, sub-mesoscale instabilities, and associated turbulence.  Part of my work involves going to sea to observe these processes, using the ocean as a natural laboratory.   Simultaneously, I am working with collaborators to turn this dynamical understanding into better parameterizations of small-scale processes to improve 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