About me

I am a graduate student at Columbia University who studies physical processes at the air-sea interface using in-situ observations and 1-D mixed-layer models. I am working on testing the validity of Monin-Obukhov scaling theory in predicting turbulence kinetic energy (TKE) dissipation rates in the ocean boundary layer, as well as on characterizing high salinity shelf water (HSSW) formation in the Terra Nova Bay polynya in the Ross Sea.

PhD Candidate, Ocean and Climate Physics, 2016-
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

For a full publication list, please see google scholar or ResearchGate.

Girls Who Code and other fun things

On Saturdays during the semester, I help teach a group of local high school girls the basics of html, css, and python as part of the Columbia University chapter of Girls Who Code. You can also find me every year at Girls' Science Day at Columbia University and the LDEO Open House.
Open House

I am also active on the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) Graduate Student Council, as well as the Lamont Doherty-Earth Observatory (LDEO) Colloquium Committee.