Britt Raubenheime

Britt Raubenheimer is an Associate Scientist in the Department of Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She decided to study physics during the ninth grade, when she had a choice between taking either physics or biology (which included cutting up cute little frogs). She fell in love with research while attending Middlebury College, as she worked with astronomers at an observatory in the Canary Islands to collect observations of a supernova remnant. Raubenheimer spent the vacations of her youth backpacking, handgliding, rock climbing, canoe camping, and backcountry skiing, so she knew she wanted to take her physics skills outdoors. She became interested in nearshore oceanography while studying coastal overwash during her first job, at the U.S. Geological Survey’s office in Saint Petersburg, Florida. She completed her training with a doctorate in oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Now her job requires her to go to the beach and to scuba dive to deploy instruments. Raubenheimer recently received a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research and a Career Award from the National Science Foundation. As part of the latter award, she developed a program offering six-month undergraduate fellowships to expose students to scientific research