B.Sc. Carnegie-Mellon University, Physics
Ph.D. University of Rhode Island, Physical Oceanography
Ocean mixing and microstructure; double-diffusive convection; relationships between small scale mixing processes and large-scale temperature and salinity distributions; the thermohaline circulation of the ocean; development of microprofiling instrumentation. Oceanic freshwater budget, autonomous profiling floats, the salinity distribution and its measurement. Terestrial rainfall prediction using ocean salinity. Seismic Oceanography (See Science Article)
Google Scholar Citations: > 7,100, h-index = 41
ISI/Web of Science Citations: > 4,500, h-index = 35
Video and Radio Interviews
Regarding expanding Lake Enriquillo in the Dominican Republic, (Vice News, July 26, 2014):
On IPCC AR5 Report ("The Takeaway", September 27, 2013)
Salinity and Climate ("The Point", July, 2013):
Extreme Weather ("The Point", May, 2012):
Climate Change ("The Point", February, 2007):
Webinar on Salinity and Climate Change for SPURS:
"Predicting Minnesota Rainfall with North Atlantic Salniities"
Slide presentation at AMS Fluid Dynamics Meeting, June15, 2015.
Press Release on Predicting Rainfall on Land from Ocean Salinity
Ocean Studies Board, National Academy of Sciences, 2005-2007.
Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change, America's Climate Choices, National Academy of Sciences, 2009-2010.
Marine Hydrokinetic Energy Assessment Committee, National Academy of Sciences, 2011-2012.
NASA Salinity Science Team leader, 2011- present
NASA Advisory Council Earth Science Subcommittee 2014-2017
J. S. Guggenheim Fellow, 1997-1998.
Fellow, American Geophysical Union
Van Allen Clark Sr. Chair for Excellence in Oceanography