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I am a physical oceanographer and use instruments at sea including gliders to study internal waves and tides and upper ocean processes.
I have studied internal tide generation at the Hawaiian Ridge during HOME (Hawaiian Ocean Mixing Experiment) using numerical models and their subsequent scattering from the distant Line Islands Ridge during EXITS (EXperiment on Internal Tidal Scattering) using moorings and ship-based measurements. I have used gliders to measure some of the largest internal tides in the world seen also by many other investigators during IWISE (Internal Waves in Straits Experiment). Gliders were also used to examine high -frequency internal waves during NLIWI (Nonlinear Internal Wave Initiative). Sustained glider lines off California were used to relate trapped diurnal internal tides to mixing along the slope. A survey of the spatial patterns of remotely-generated internal tides impacting the continental slope of Tasmania and their reflection is taking place in 2013-2015 using gliders.
I have also used SeaSoar (a towed vehicle which profiles through the water column) and the Underway CTD (conductivity-temperature-depth instrument) to examine how major low-latitude zonal currents flow encounter abrupt topography in the western Pacific during FLEAT (FLow Encountering Abrupt Topography). I am studying the Equatorial Front and Undercurrent in the Pacific using sustained glider sections in ROGER (Repeat Observations by Gliders of the Equatorial Region).
I have a B.Sc.Eng. in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University, an M.Sc. in Physics from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii.