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Recent Dissertations and Theses


Modeling physical transport and their impacts on biogeochemistry across scales in the ocean
Jing He, Ph.D., 2023
Amala Mahadevan, Advisor


Structure, Variability, and Dynamics of the West Greenland Boundary Current System
Astrid Pacini, Ph.D., 2022
Robert Pickart, Advisor


Characterizing the Impact of Underwater Glider Observations on the Navy Coastal Ocean Model (NCOM) in the Gulf Stream Region
Kyle Kausch, S.M., 2021
Robert Todd, Advisor

Control of the abyssal ocean overturning circulation by mixing-driven bottom boundary layers
Henri Drake, Ph.D., 2021
Raffaele Ferrari, Advisor

Vertical Fluxes in the Upper Ocean
Mara Freilich, Ph.D., 2021
Amala Mahadevan, Advisor

Pseudo-nitzschia in the Gulf of Maine: Investigating Bloom Dynamics, Species Introduction, and Climate Change Implications with Observations and Models
Suzanna Clark, Ph.D.
Dennis McGillicuddy, Co-Advisor
David Ralston, Co-Advisor

Estimating Atmospheric Boundary Layer Turbulence in the Marine Environment Using Lidar Systems with Applications for Offshore Wind Energy
Praneeth Gurumurthy, S.M., 2021
Anthony Kirincich, Advisor

Diagnosing the variability in temperature and velocity in the Middle Atlantic Bight
Jacob Forsyth, Ph.D., 2021
Magdalena Andres
Glen Gawarkiewicz


An Analysis of Atlantic Water in the Arctic Ocean Using the Arctic Subpolar Gyre State Estimate and Observations
Jeffrey Grabon, S.M., 2020
John Toole, Advisor

Development and Testing of the AXBT Realtime Editing System (ARES)
Casey Densmore, S.M., 2020
Steven Jayne, Advisor

Residual Overturning Circulation and Its Connection to Southern Ocean Dynamics
Madeleine Youngs, Ph.D., 2020
Glen Flierl, Advisor


Finescale Abyssal Turbulence: Sources and Modeling
Bryan Kaiser, Ph.D., 2019
Larry Pratt, Advisor

Oceanic Response Observations due to Passing Tropical Cyclones: An Assessment of Drag and Sea Spray Parameterizations
Stephan Gallagher, S.M., 2019
Steven Jayne, Advisor

Equatorial Ocean Dynamics Impacting Upwelling West of theGalápagos Archipelago
Julie Jakoboski, Ph.D., 2019
W. Brechner Owens, Co-Advisor
Robert E. Todd, Co-Advisor
Kristopher B. Karnauskas, Co-Advisor

Dynamics and Kinematics of an Estuarine Network

William Bryce Corlett, Ph.D., 2019
W. Rockwell Geyer, Advisor

Stratified and Stirred: Monsoon Freshwater in the Bay of Bengal

Gualtiero Spiro Jaeger, Ph.D., 2019
Amala Mahadevan, Advisor

Lagrangian Dispersion and Deformation in Submesoscale Flows

Sebastian Essink, Ph.D., 2019
Amala Mahadevan, Advisor

The Response of Ocean Salinity Patterns to Climate Change: Implications for Circulation

Samuel Levang, Ph.D., 2019
Raymond Schmitt, Advisor

The Influence of Heat Transport on Arctic Amplification

Laura Fleming, S.M., 2019
Young-Oh Kwon, Advisor

Distributional Models of Ocean Carbon Export

Cael Barry, Ph.D., 2019
Michael Follows, Advisor


Chaotic Advection, Mixing, and Property Exchange in Three-Dimensional Ocean Eddies and Gyres

Genevieve Brett, Ph.D., 2018
Larry Pratt, Co-Advisor
Irina Rypina, Co-Advisor


Age of Air and the Circulation of the Stratosphere

Marianna Linz, Ph.D., 2017
Alan Plumb

Internal Hydraulic Jumps with Upstream Shear

Kelly Ogden, Ph.D., 2017
Karl Helfrich, Advisor

Dynamics of North Atlantic Western Boundary Currents

Isabela Le Bras, Ph.D., 2017
John Toole, Advisor

Physics of Diurnal Warm Layers: Turbulence, Internal Waves, and Lateral Mixing

Alec Bogdanoff, Ph.D., 2017
Tom Farrar, Co-Advisor
Carol Anne Clayson, Co-Advisor


Inferring Ocean Circulation During the Last Glacial Maximum and Last Deglaciation Using Data and Models

Daniel Amrhein, Ph.D., 2016
Carl Wunsch, Advisor

Mechanisms for Enhanced Turbulence in the Drake Passage Region of the Southern Ocean

Sophia Merrifield, Ph.D, 2016
Louis St. Laurent, and Breck Ownes, Co-advisors

Dynamics of Greenland’s Glacial Fjords

Rebeccca Jackson, Ph.D., 2016
Fiamma Straneo, Advisor

Vortices in Sinusoidal Shear, with Applications to Jupiter

Rohith Vilasur Swaminathan, S.M., 2016
Glenn Flierl, Advisor

Hydrodynamic and Morphodynamic Responses to Surfzone Seafloor Perturbations

Melissa Moulton, Ph.D., 2016
Steve Elgar, Advisor

Submesoscale Turbulence in the Upper Ocean

Jörn Callies, Ph.D., 2016
Raffaele Ferrari, Advisor


Hydrographic Structure of Overflow Water Passing Through the Denmark Strait

Dana Mastropole, S.M., 2015
Robert Pickart, Advisor

Strong Wind Events Across Greenland's Coast and their Influences on the Ice Sheet, Sea Ice, and Ocean

Marilena Oltmanns, Ph.D., 2015
Fiamma Straneo, Advisor


Buoyancy-Driven Circulation in the Red Sea

Ping Zhai, Ph.D., 2014
Amy Bower and Lawrence Pratt, Co-advisors

Investigating the Role of Trichodesmium spp. in the Oceanic Nitrogen Cycle Through Observations and Models

Elise Olson, Ph.D., 2014
Dennis McGillicuddy, Advisor

An Inverse Approach to Understanding Deglacial Benthic Oxygen Isotope Records from the Last Glaciation

Daniel Amrhein, S.M., 2014
Carl Wunsch, Advisor


Physical Controls on Copepod Aggregations in the Gulf of Maine

Nicholas Woods, Ph.D., 2013
David Fratantoni & Glenn Flierl, Advisors

Physical Influences on Phytoplankton Ecology: Models and Observations

Sophie Clayton, Ph.D., 2013
Mick Follows, Advisor

A Multi-Dimensional Spectral Description of Ocean Variability with Applications

Cimarron Wortham, Ph.D., 2013
Carl Wunsch, Advisor

Moored Observations of Shelfbreak Processes at the Inflow to and Outflow from the Arctic Ocean

Wilken-Jon von Appen, Ph.D., 2013
Robert Pickart, Advisor

The Production of Temperature and Salinity Variance and Covariance: Implications for Mixing

Julian Schanze, Ph.D., 2013
Raymond Schmitt, Advisor

Boundary Layer Dynamics and Deep Ocean Mixing in Mid-Atlantic Ridge Canyons

Rebecca Dell, Ph.D., 2013
Lawrence Pratt, Advisor

Energy Pathways and Structures of Oceanic Eddies in the ECCO2 State Estimate and Simplified Models

Ru Chen, Ph.D, 2013
Carl Wunsch, Advisor


Atlantic Ocean circulation at the Last Glacial Maximum: Inferences from data and models

Holly Dail, Ph.D., 2013
Carl Wunsch, Advisor

The Effects of Ocean Eddies on Tropical Cyclones

Alexander Miltenberger, S.M., 2012
Steven Jayne, Advisor

Ice Shelf-Ocean Interactions in a General Circulation Model: Melt-Rate Modulation Due to Mean Flow and Tidal Currents

Veronique Dansereau, S.M., 2012
Patrick Heimbach, Advisor

The Effect of Stratification on Wind-Driven, Cross-Shelf Circulation and Transport on the Inner Continental Shelf

Rachel Horwitz, Ph.D., 2012
Steven Lentz, Advisor


The Response of the Red Sea to a Strong Wind Jet Near the Tokar Gap in Summer

Ping Zhai, S.M., 2011
Amy Bower, Advisor

Instabilities of an Eastern Boundary Current with and without Large-scale Flow Influence

Jinbo Wang, Ph.D., 2011
Paola Rizzoli & Michael Spall, Advisors


Variability in the North Atlantic Deep Western Boundary Current: Upstream Causes and Downstream Effects as Observed at Line W

Beatriz Peña-Molino, Ph.D., 2010
Terry Joyce, Advisor

Abyssal Mixing from Bottom Boundary Effects in Mid-Atlantic Ridge Flank Canyons

Rebecca W. Dell, S.M., 2010
Lawrence Pratt, Advisor

Near-Inertial and Thermal Upper Ocean Response to Atmospheric Forcing in the North Atlantic Ocean

Katherine E. Silverthorne, Ph.D., 2010
John Toole, Advisor

The Seasonal and Interannual Variability of the West Greenland Current System in the Labrador Sea

Tatiana Rykova, Ph.D., 2010
Fiamma Straneo, Advisor

Linear and Nonlinear Stratified Spindown over Sloping Topography

Jessica A. Benthuysen, Ph.D., 2010
Leif Thomas, Stanford University, and Steven Lentz, Advisors

Circulation and Convection in the Irminger Sea

Kjetil Våge, Ph.D., 2010
Robert Pickart, Advisor


Radiation and Dissipation of Internal Waves Generated by Geostrophic Motions Impinging on Small-Scale Topography

Maxim Nikurashin, Ph.D., 2009
Raffaele Ferrari, Advisor

Eddy-Mean Flow Interactions in Western Boundary Current Jets

Stephanie Waterman, Ph.D., 2009
Steven Jayne, Advisor

Comparison of Wind Stress Algorithims, Datasets and Oceanic Power Input

Shaoyu Yuan, S.M., 2009
Carl Wunsch, Advisor

Slope/Shelf Circulation and Cross-Slope/Shelf Transport Out of a Bay Driven by Eddies from the Open Ocean

Yu Zhang, Ph.D., 2009
Joseph Pedlosky, Glenn Flierl, Advisors

Spatial and Temporal Variability of Tide-Induced Salt Flux in a Partially Mixed Estuary

Patricia Engel, Ph.D., 2009
W. Rockwell Geyer, Advisor