About Me

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Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
umiller@ldeo.columbia.edu

I am interested in the surface mixed layer of the ocean, how we can improve models that predict the flux of heat and gas into and out of it, and the implications of these fluxes to the future climate.

2016-
PhD Candidate, Ocean and Climate Physics
Columbia University, New York, New York
Advisor: Christopher Zappa

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

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Research

I currently study turbulence kinetic energy (TKE) dissipation and the validity of scaling formulas in accurately estimating it in the ocean environment. I also work with the COARE bulk flux algorithm and the Price-Weller-Pinkel mixed layer model.

Outreach

I volunteer with the Columbia University chapter of Girls Who Code! Every Saturday during the semester, we teach a group of local high school girls the basics of html, css, and python. In addition to the organization's goal of decreasing the gender gap in technology, I also hope to introduce young girls to the exciting use of coding in the sciences.

You can also find me every year at Girls' Science Day at Columbia University and Open House at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Photos

Antarctica!

I'll embed a twitter feed here of photos I post from my upcoming field work in Terra Nova Bay, Ross Sea, Antarctica.

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Water sampling for alkalinity

Nootka Sound, British Columbia

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Stormy Seas

Northeastern Pacific