Group


Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson

Professor of Environmental Science & Engineering

Curriculum Vitae (last updated, summer 2021)

Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences
Linde Center 224

(626) 395-8345
andrewt@caltech.edu

Mar Flexas

Mar Flexas

Senior Research Scientist

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.

Earle Wilson

Earle Wilson

Postdoctoral Scholar in Environmental Science & Engineering
Ph.D. University of Washington

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

I am primarily interested in the large-scale dynamics of the ocean, the various ways in which these processes interact with the cryosphere, and their overall impact on our global climate. My recent work has been focused on the Southern Ocean, an area of interest that has led me to explore the feedbacks between Antarctic sea ice growth and the ventilation of deep ocean heat, the dynamics of subpolar gyres and their interactions with seafloor topography, and the drivers of abrupt summertime surface warming events otherwise known as marine heatwaves. To investigate these problems I use a broad array of observations and numerical tools, ranging from Argo profiling floats to ocean general circulation models.

Shantong Sun

Shantong Sun

Postdoctoral Scholar in Environmental Science & Engineering
Ph.D. Scripps Insitution of Oceanography

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

I am broadly interested in the dynamics of the climate system, with a focus on the large-scale ocean circulation and its interaction with the atmosphere and cryosphere. My research involves developing and using a variety of models that range from idealized conceptual models to fully coupled climate models.

Bia Villa Boas

Bia Villas Boas

Postdoctoral Scholar in Environmental Science & Engineering
Ph.D. Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Linde Center 222
bia@caltech.edu

The broad goals of my research are aimed at combining observations, theory, and modeling to help bridge the gap between the ocean and the atmosphere and further our understanding of how coupled air-sea interactions affect the environment. My postdoc research will leverage measurements from NASA's Sub-Mesoscale Ocean Dynamics Experiment (S-MODE) to better constrain interactions between surface winds, currents, and waves.

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.

Lily Dove

Lily Dove

Graduate student in Environmental Science and Engineering
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Line 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
Zeller-Resnick First-Year Fellow, 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.

Nora Oshima

Nora Oshima

Administrative Assistant

Bronagh Glaser

Bronagh Glaser

Administrative Assistant

Former group members

  • Andrew Stewart, Associate Professor at UCLA
  • Stuart Bishop, Assistant Professor at North Carolina St. Univeristy
  • Ayah Lazar, Research Scientist at National Institute of Oceanography, Israel
  • Madeleine Youngs, NOAA Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University
  • Robert Sanchez, Graduate Student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Georgy Manucharyan, Assistant Professor at University of Washington
  • Emily Newsom, Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Oxford & New York University
  • Zhan Su, Asst. Professor at University of Toronto
  • Giuliana Viglione, Science Writer
  • Xiaozhou Ruan, Postdoctoral Researcher at MIT
  • Zach Erickson, NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Ana Lobo, Postdoctoral Researcher at UC Irvine
  • Lia Siegelman, Postdoctoral Researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

SURF students

  • Madeleine Youngs (co-advised with Ayah Lazar and Mar Flexas), 2012-2013
  • Peiyun Zhu (co-advised with Georgy Manucharyan), 2016
  • Max Kotz, 2017
  • Tom George (co-advised with Georgy Manucharyan), 2018
  • Megan Robertson (co-advised with Mar Flexas), 2021
  • Ellie Flint (co-advised with Lily Dove), 2021

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