I am an oceanographer who studies the physics of the ocean. My extends from developing new instruments to collecting data that provide insight into ocean circulation. Scientifically, I study ocean processes such as internal waves and mixing, with a focus on insights provided by measurements of subsurface velocity. These topics are important to understanding how the transport and transfer of heat, salt, and energy contribute to ocean circulation, and thus to global climate.
I approach these questions by collecting and analyzing observations, using both standard instruments and velocity-sensing electromagnetic sensors. In no particular order, current and recent projects include: quantifying energy pathways of small-scale waves (inertial and tidal) to large-scale waves (boundary and planetary waves); investigating how water masses in the Florida Straits illuminate the drivers and sources of salt carried by the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation; improving the sampling and control capability of profiling floats that have electromagnetic velocity sensors; designing and building an electromagnetic velocity sampling subsystem that is rated to the deepest part of the ocean (12,000 m deep); using electromagnetic observations to study processes not tractable with standard approaches; and monitoring Washington state waters with realtime and continuous biogeochemical moorings.