Tobias Kukulka received his PhD from the University of Rhode Island, where he developed a coupled model of wind and waves. Ocean surface waves play a critical role in the exchange of heat, greenhouse gases, and momentum between the ocean and atmosphere. At the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Dr. Kukulka collaborates with Dr. Albert J. Plueddemann from the Department of Physical Oceanography and Dr. John Trowbridge from the Department of Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering, in order to investigate the influence of surface waves on the oceanic boundary layer. Combining state-of-the-art acoustic measurements with numerical analysis, Dr. Kukulka studies subsurface turbulence and the mechanisms responsible for mixing at the air-sea interface. By better understanding of these air-sea interaction processes, which are related to waves and relatively small in scale, Dr. Kukulka’s research will improve global climate models.