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About the Center

The Francis E. Fowler IV Center for Ocean and Climate is dedicated to the pursuit of new knowledge and solutions at the intersection of oceanography and climate science. Based at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the Center supports activities spanning physical oceanography, geology, applied ocean physics, marine chemistry, engineering, modeling, weather prediction, carbon dioxide removal, and many more key impact areas, as well as communications and policy engagement.

This support is provided through fellowships and residencies for students, postdoctoral scholars, and established scientists to pursue climate research, as well as direct investments in research projects. The Center also supports efforts to engage the public and policymakers around ocean and climate issues. In addition, research-acceleration funds supplied by the Center are deployed to unlock additional funding from outside sources, drive ambitious research programs, and support collaborative, multidisciplinary efforts across WHOI.

An extraordinarily generous commitment from Francis E. Fowler IV in April 2021 enabled the activities of the Center to commence immediately, and paved the way to its establishment as a permanent center of excellence in ocean-climate research.



Peter de Menocal

WHOI President & Director, responsible for academic leadership


Richard (Rick) Murray

WHOI Deputy Director & Vice President for Science and Engineering provides academic leadership


Samuel (Sam) Harp

WHOI Vice President of Advancement & Chief Marketing Officer manages communication and outreach


Kilaparti (Rama) Ramakrishna

WHOI Senior Advisor on Ocean & Climate Policy leads Center policy


Carol Anne Clayson

WHOI Associate Director for Research Strategy & Senior Scientist provides academic and administrative leadership


Jean Leote

Executive Assistant to the President & Director manages Center resources and budget

Fowler Distinguished Scholar in Residence

Benjamin David Santer

Physical Oceanography (one month residency)
Bio and research projects

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