Students & Postdocs

Marius Årthun, University of Bergen
I’m a postdoc at the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research in Bergen, working on the propagation of ocean heat anomalies from the North Atlantic towards the Arctic, and the associated (potential) climate predictability.

Katinka Bellomo, RSMAS
My general research focuses on climate variability and change, with particular attention at ocean-atmosphere coupled processes that affect the pattern and persistence of sea surface temperature anomalies. I am currently studying atmospheric processes responsible for the persistence of North Atlantic multi-decadal variability, and I plan to pursue this work by studying more specifically the interactions of atmospheric feedbacks with the AMOC.

Catherine Bradshaw, University of Bergen
I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Bergen and my research is focussed on large-scale changes in North Atlantic circulation on paleo-timescales, from the late Miocene (11 million years ago) to present.

Laura Cimoli
My project addresses the role of mesoscale eddies in the Atlantic overturning circulation, focusing especially on their effect on the interaction between the upper and lower cells of the AMOC. It is a numerical project that aims at setting-up the ocean circulation model MITgcm with a new configuration to achieve an efficient scale-interaction scenario between the large-scale flows and the mesoscale eddy field.

Elizabeth Comer, NOC
I will be investigating the subpolar gyre dynamics and variability of the region using Extended Ellett Line and OSNAP data.

Frederic Cyr, NIOZ
I am a post-doc at the NIOZ (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research), working on deep ocean mixing in the Atlantic.

Femke de Jong, Duke University
DI am a research scientist/postdoc at Duke/NIOZ. My work in the North Atlantic Subpolar Gyre focuses on boundary-interior exchange, sources of the Denmark Strait overflow and the NIOZ Irminger Current array.

Damien Desbruyeres, NOC
My PhD work performed at IFREMER (Brest) mainly focused on AMOC variability in the Subpolar North Atlantic (OVIDE project). I am now working on global heat and sal budget from Argo and Hydrography data

Charlène Feucher, University of Alberta
I am  a post-doc at the University of Alberta. My post-doc is part of the VITALS (Ventilation, Interactions and Transports Across the Labrador Sea) project. The goal of my project is to analyze changes Labrador Sea Water formation and how it could impact the meridional overturning circulation

Cristian Florindo-Lopez, NOC
My project studies how Arctic freshwater reaches the Labrador Shelf, to then be able to use long time series of observations on the shelf as a proxy for Arctic freshwater decadal variability.

Nicholas Foukal, Duke University
I am a PhD student in Susan Lozier’s lab at Duke and am working on the oceanic heat transport from the subtropical to the subpolar gyre. I am looking to answer how, why, and on what time scales heat moves from one gyre to the other and am using both Lagrangian (model) and Eulerian (model and observation) data.

Yarisbel Garcia, University of Alberta
My current research consists in make calculations of annual subduction rate in the Labrador Sea and establish a link with water mass formation within the basin.

Freya Garry, NOC
My PhD research evaluates deep (sub-2000m) ocean temperature observation systems and identifies regions where deep Argo float deployment is required to resolve the planetary energy imbalance.

Dafydd Gwyn Evans, NOC
I am currently a PhD student at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. My PhD is focused on understanding the diabatic and adiabatic changes of temperature and salinity in the global ocean by exploring the volumetric distribution of water in thermohaline coordinates. I am currently investigating the impact of interannual AMOC variability on the water-mass distribution in the North Atlantic.

Patricia Handmann, GEOMAR
Model analysis of deep water transport variabilities in the subpolar Atlantic

James Holte, WHOI
I am using PALACE and Argo float data to quantify the Labrador Sea overturning and its variability on seasonal and decadal timescales, as well as to examine the boundary current’s contribution to the overturning.

Loic Houpert, SAMS
I am working in UK-OSNAP on the seasonal variability of the water masses and heat and salt transport in the eastern part of the subpolar gyre, particularly using ocean observations. I am involved in the planning and execution of the UK glider and mooring programme.

Zoe Jacobs, NOC
I am a second year PhD student at NOCS where I am researching recent changes in the Gulf Stream path and transport. I am currently focusing on air-sea interaction over this region using a combination of observational and model data (notably EN4 & NEMO) and I also intend to use Lagrangian trajectories to analyse the throughput of Gulf Stream water.

Mari Jensen, University of Bergen
My research focuses on abrupt climate change during the last ice age, and sea-ice and ocean interactions.

Helene R. Langehaug, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
My research interests are:
1) Interannual-to-decadal predictability of ocean surface variables in the North Atlantic sector.
2) Ocean circulation in the subpolar North Atlantic and Arctic Mediterranean (e.g., Subpolar Gyre, Thermohaline circulation, water mass structure and characteristics). I mainly use CMIP5 climate models simulations in my studies.

Dewi Le Bars, Utrecht University
My research focuses on modelling the multidecadal internal variability of the AMOC and the impact of Greenland melting on the AMOC. I mostly use global ocean models and coupled climate models to investigate these points.

Isabela Le Bras, WHOI
My research focuses on Gulf Stream-North Atlantic Current and Deep Western Boundary Current dynamics through the use of observations and idealized modelling.

Feili Li, Duke University
Currently, my research focuses on the seasonal to interannual variability of the overturning volume/heat transports across OSNAP West and East arrays.  In addition, I am involved in the planning and coordinating for the OSNAP data management.

Graeme MacGilchrist
My research focusses on the inter-annual variability of North Atlantic ocean circulation. In particular, I am interested in the dynamics and variability of ocean ventilation and dense water formation, and the impact of these on the properties of the ocean thermocline and variability of the AMOC.

Neill Mackay, NOC
My work involves the inverse modelling of the North Atlantic, applying the Tracer Contour Inverse Method to observations in order to reconstruct the circulation.

Alice Marzocchi, University of Bristol
I am a PhD student at the University of Bristol (UK), mainly working with coupled climate models, and my main research topics are palaeoclimate, palaeoceanography, and model data-comparison. In the North Atlantic, I am interested in both the dynamics of the subpolar gyre and the influence of Mediterranean Sea outflow on the structure of the AMOC, both on modern and palaeo timescales

Robin Matthews, Memorial University of Newfoundland
I work with underwater gliders as a member of the mobile sampling team for the Canadian VITALS project studying the Labrador Sea ( My focus is on water column CO2 and O2 dynamics during deep convection and restratification.

Jenny Mecking, NOC
The main research focus of my postdoc position is on the stability of the AMOC in coupled climate models.

Marilena Oltmanns, GEOMAR
Currently, I am studying strong wind events across Greenland’s coast and their influences on the ice sheet, ocean and sea ice. As a postdoc, I will do research on atmosphere-ocean interactions in the subpolar North Atlantic

Ingrid Onarheim, University of Bergen
I work with the Atlantic water influence on the Arctic sea ice cover.

Virginie Racapé, LSCE
I work in collaboration with ovide team to assess the carbon anthropogenic transport in the North Atlantic Ocean along the ovide section. My job is to compare NEMO-PISCES output (0.5°resolution) with OVIDE observations, to estimate the impact of the CANT transport seasonality on budget and to evaluate a new cant transport tracer in the model computed with MOCs.

David Trossman, NASA GESTAR and Johns Hopkins University
As a Research Associate jointly at The Johns Hopkins University and NASA Goddard Earth Science Technology & Research (GESTAR), I contribute to the development of the GEOS-5 Earth System Model to address issues related to seasonal-to-decadal variability. My research generally focuses on ocean-atmosphere interaction, bottom flow-topography interaction, and the development of methods to combine information provided by transient tracers from models and observations.

Jelle van den Berk
I have been working on the effects of meltwater from Greenland and Antarctic on the Arctic/Atlantic for my PhD research at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute. In particular I am interested in any abrupt changes of circulation patterns that might result.

Fiona van der Burgt
My research focusses on the role the large scale ocean circulation in the (southern part of the) North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. I will focus on the interaction between the North Brazil Current, the Meridional Overturning Circulation and the Caribbean Current and the effect that changes in those currents may have on sea level in the Caribbean

Eirik Vinje Galaasen, University of Bergen
Postdoc at the Department of Earth Science and Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, University of Bergen, Norway. Reconstructing variability in subpolar North Atlantic climate and NADW ventilation during the warm intervals of the past ~450,000 years, in order to improve constraints on the centennial-scale stability of NADW and potential causes of change (relevant paper:

Ayako Yamamoto, McGill
I am currently working on the cause of why the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, known to be internally driven by the AMOC, does not manifest on the wintertime European wintertime climate variability, using a novel Lagrangian methodology.

Jian Zhao, WHOI

Sijia Zou, Duke University
My research focuses on the variability and mechanisms of the Labrador Sea Water production and export to the subtropics.

Patricia Zunino Rodríguez, LPO
I am an observational physical oceanographer. My research is focused in the circulation of the North Atlantic Subpolar gyre and the transport and storage of heat and anthropogenic CO2.