I am a Physical Oceanographer, currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher at UCLA, at the department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS), and a UCLA IDRE postdoctoral fellow for the academic year 2021-2022. I am also a member of US AMOC Task Team 3.
The main research areas I study are the ocean Meridional Overturning Circulation (MOC), mesoscale topographic effects, and continental margin frontal/small-scale circulation. My research tools of choice include both realistic and idealized numerical modeling and analysis, as well as conducting observations and analyzing observational data.
My PhD research at UCLA focused on topographic effects in ocean circulation, including boundary current instability and leakiness, and eddy formation; and especially with regard to the North Atlantic MOC. For the latter research subject I won the UCLA AOS department 2020 Bjerkness research award.
During my PhD I have also been an active research member at the UCLA Marine Operations program, studying small fronts and their interactions with internal waves.
As part of my postdoctoral research, I am using numerical models to explore the pathways of deep flow in the Southern Ocean, and their controlling mechanisms; and the extent to which remote sensing can improve monitoring of the lower MOC cell in the Southern Ocean. I am also continuing my involvement with studying smaller circulation scales, in modeling/observations of shelf exchange processes.