Group


Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson

Professor of Environmental Science & Engineering
Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Curriculum Vitae (last updated, summer 2022)

Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences
Linde Center 224

(626) 395-8345
andrewt@caltech.edu

Mar Flexas

Mar Flexas

Senior Research Scientist
Ph.D., Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya

Linde Center 205
(626) 395-8675
marf@caltech.edu

I am a sea-going oceanographer with experience in the Antarctic and Mediterranean Seas. I use in-situ data from autonomous vehicles (seagliders), Southern Elephant seals, and more traditional instruments (research-vessel profilers and instrumented moorings) to study ocean dynamics. I am particularly interested in shelf-slope dynamics and their role in deep-ocean ventilation –-their impact on climate and on biogeochemistry processes. These processes range from meso- to submesoscales, involve surface (air-sea interactions) and bottom boundary layer dynamics, and include interactions of the flow with bottom topography. Inspired by open questions that emerge from in situ observations, I use numerical models (from realistic ocean-state-estimate analysis to process-focused modelling studies) to unveil the underlying physics that lead to those observations.

Mukund Gupta

Mukund Gupta

Postdoctoral Scholar in Environmental Science & Engineering
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Linde Center 222
(626) 395-8715
guptam@caltech.edu

My current research focuses on interactions between ocean eddies and sea-ice floes at the submesoscale, using a suite of high-resolution simulations. I am also more broadly interested in the interplay between ocean physics, biogeochemistry and sea-ice over a broad range of scales, and their collective influence on Earth's climate.

Channing Prend

Channing Prend

NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Linde 222
(626) 395-8675
cprend@caltech.edu

I am broadly interested in Southern Ocean dynamics and their role in the global climate system. This involves working at the interface of multiple disciplines and utilizing a range of tools from observations to modeling. My past research has primarily investigated physical controls on primary production and air-sea carbon fluxes in the Southern Ocean. My current research is focused on submesoscale ice-ocean coupling in marginal ice zones.

Lily Dove

Lily Dove

Graduate student in Environmental Science and Engineering
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Linde Center 100
dove@caltech.edu

With my research, I seek to better understand and constrain the role of the ocean in the global carbon cycle. I am broadly interested in how mesoscale and submesoscale dynamics, particularly in the Southern Ocean, affect the efficiency with which carbon dioxide can be transferred from the atmosphere to the deep ocean. I approach these questions by using in situ observations from autonomous vehicles and data from satellites to study interactions between ocean physics and biogeochemistry. Outside of work, I seek to engage middle school students with the wonderful world of oceanography and climate science through outreach events in the Pasadena Unified School District and with the SOCCOM Adopt-a-Float program.

Dave Bonan

Dave Bonan

Graduate student in Environmental Science and Engineering
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Linde Center 222
dbonan@caltech.edu

I am broadly interested in the role of the oceans in the climate system and how the circulation of the ocean will respond to and modulate climate change. My research uses a variety of models ranging from simple, conceptual models to comprehensive climate models. I am also interested in the role of sea ice in the climate system and coupled variability of the ocean-atmosphere system.

Luna Bai

Yue (Luna) Bai

Graduate Student in Environmental Science and Engineering
NASA FINESST Graduate Research Fellow
Linde 218
ybbai@caltech.edu

Ruth Moorman

Ruth Moorman

Graduate Student in Environmental Science and Engineering
John Monash Scholar
Linde Center 222
ruthmoorman@caltech.edu

I’m interested in the dynamics of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica’s marginal seas with an eye towards projecting future trends in Antarctic Ice Sheet mass loss. I study these remote oceans using a combination of observations, conceptual models, and detailed General Circulation Models.

Scott Conn

Scott Conn

Graduate Student in Environmental Science and Engineering
NASA FINESST Graduate Research Fellow
Linde Center 218
sconn@caltech.edu

I'm interested in the ocean's large scale overturning circulation. Using idealised models, I study transient changes in the structure of the overturning and how these changes both influence and are influenced by the broader climate. I am also interested in the interaction between internal waves and ocean turbulence at meso- and submesoscales. I use observations and theory to better understand how waves affect the evolution of ocean turbulence and tracer transport in the ocean.

Skylar Gering

Skylar Gering

Schmidt Scholar in Software Engineering
Linde Center 222
sgering@caltech.edu

I am a computer scientist with an interest in scientific software engineering and its applicability to earth science research. I am excited be learning about sea ice models and oceanography more broadly through my SASE project within the OCTO Group.

Sara Taylor

Sara Taylor

Graduate Student in Environmental Science and Engineering
Linde Center 222
staylor2@caltech.edu

Nora Oshima

Nora Oshima

Grant Manager and Administrative Assistant

Bronagh Glaser

Bronagh Glaser

Grant Manager and Administrative Assistant

Former group members

  • Bia Villas Boas, Assistant Professor, Colorado School of Mines
  • Shantong Sun, Assistant Professor, Florida State University
  • Earle Wilson, Assistant Professor, Stanford University
  • Lia Siegelman, Postdoctoral Researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Ana Lobo, Postdoctoral Researcher at UC Irvine
  • Ellen Robo,
  • Zach Erickson, Oceanographer at Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
  • Xiaozhou Ruan, Assistant Professor, Boston University
  • Giuliana Viglione, Science Writer at Carbon Brief
  • Zhan Su, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
  • Emily Newsom, Postdoctoral Researcher at New York University
  • Georgy Manucharyan, Assistant Professor, University of Washington
  • Robert Sanchez, Graduate Student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Madeleine Youngs, NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellows, New York University
  • Ayah Lazar, Research Scientist at National Institute of Oceanography, Israel
  • Stuart Bishop, Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Andrew Stewart, Associate Professor, UCLA

SURF students

  • Manali Nayak, The Ohio State University, co-advised with Dave Bonan and Emily Newsom, 2022
  • Taylor Cason, UCLA, co-advised with Mar Flexas and Lily Dove, 2022
  • Emma Gurcan, Caltech, co-advised with Mukund Gupta, 2022
  • Ellie Flint, University of California San Diego, co-advised with Lily Dove, 2021
  • Megan Robertson, Caltech, co-advised with Mar Flexas, 2021
  • Natalie Armstrong, Pitzer College, co-advised with Earle Wilson, 2021
  • Tom George, University of Cambridge, co-advised with Georgy Manucharyan, 2018
  • Max Kotz, University of Cambridge, 2017
  • Alexandre Barboni, Ecole Normale Superieure, co-advised with Mar Flexas, 2016
  • Peiyun Zhu, University of Michigan, co-avised with Georgy Manucharyan, 2016
  • Madeleine Youngs, Caltech, co-advised with Ayah Lazar and Mar Flexas, 2012, 2013

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