Heather joined WHOI in 1997, after completing a M. S. in Physical Oceanography from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is responsible for project management and data processing, quality control, and analysis. She particularly enjoys the challenge of concise visualization of scientific results. She also hold a Bachelors in Physics and Studio Art from Smith College. More about Heather: www.whoi.edu/hpb/Site.do?id=209.
I am a Physical Oceanographer interested in understanding the global ocean circulation, its variability and impact on Earth climate. I like going to sea to collect data and love programming. I speak several computer languages, a skill that is very helpful for my research in general. I joined WHOI in October 2015 as a postdoctoral investigator under the supervision of Amy Bower and Tom Farrar, just after I finished my PhD in Marine Sciences (Physical Oceanography) at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia. I have a BS in Oceanography from the State University of Rio de Janeiro, an MS in Remote Sensing from the National Institute of Space Research (INPE), a specialization in software development from the Brazilian Institute of Advanced Technology and a certification in Java programming. Before starting my PhD, I worked for 10 years in the offshore oil & gas industry on problems connected to ocean circulation, mostly through the analysis of in situ and satellite observations. In my postdoc position, I am investigating the Red Sea circulation and forcing. The Red Sea is a very interesting place for a physical oceanographer because it looks like a miniature world ocean. I am also devoting some time to understanding recent changes (freshening) in Antarctic bottom waters observed in the abyssal Southern Indian Ocean. During my PhD, I studied the dynamics of the South Indian Ocean and the influence of salinity to set up its odd circulation pattern. Before I became interested in the Indian Ocean, I was an Atlantic Ocean-based person. My MS thesis focused on the relationship between the primary productivity and the physical processes in the equatorial Atlantic. I published a couple of papers focusing basically on the tropical and and South Atlantic ocean circulations, sea level variations, and air-sea interaction during the first hurricane ever recorded in the South Atlantic.
I joined WHOI in 2015 as a postdoctoral scholar. I received my Ph.D. from Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami. My research interests are the Ocean's role in climate change, mesoscale variability, boundary currents, and abyssal ocean circulation. In Dr. Bower's group I am working on the Meridional Overturning Circulation in the subpolar North Atlantic Ocean with a focus on the mesoscale-submesoscale variability in the Iceland Basin. Combining in-situ observations from gliders, mooring and high-resolution numerical simulations, I am trying to analyze the mesoscale activity in the Iceland Basin and evaluate how the mesoscale processes affect the meridional heat flux, ecosystem, and regional climate.