About me

I am a PhD student at Columbia University, working at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory with Dr. Christopher Zappa. I use observational data to study physical processes at the air-sea interface, such as surface ocean turbulence and water mass modification. I am currently funded by a NASA FINESST grant to characterize high salinity shelf water (HSSW) formation in the Terra Nova Bay polynya in the Ross Sea, a seasonal opening in the ice created by strong off-shore winds. HSSW is a major component of Antarctic Bottom Water, which ventilates the lower kilometer of the world’s oceans and plays a significant role in the global thermohaline circulation that regulates Earth’s climate.

PhD Candidate, Ocean and Climate Physics, 2018-present
M.A., Ocean and Climate Physics, 2016-2018
Columbia University, New York, New York
Advisor: Christopher J. Zappa

B.S., Oceanography, 2011-2015
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Advisor: H. Paul Johnson

Recent Publications

Wurl, O., Bird, K., Cunliffe, M., Landing, W. M., Miller, U., Mustaffa, N. I. H., et al. (2018). Warming and inhibition of salinization at the ocean's surface by cyanobacteria. Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 4230–4237. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018GL077946

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