About me

I study the Earth’s ocean, its physics and motion, and the infinite entanglement of its eddies, turbulence, currents, and waves. I do a lot of math, write code that runs on supercomputers, and very occasionally go to sea. I love to learn and to teach, to think about past and future, and to run, climb, ski, and explore the landscapes of Earth.

Long ago, I spent most of my childhood in a suburb outside Boston, Massachusetts. Sometime later, I moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan to pursue an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering. There I worked on combustion in porous media, space propulsion, and wind energy. I moved to San Diego to pursue a PhD in 2010, working with Eric Lauga on locomotion, with Bill Young on nonlinear waves and with both on microorganism mixing. I received a PhD from UCSD in May of 2016 for a dissertation titled On the coupled evolution of oceanic internal waves and quasi-geostrophic flow. Along the way, I fell in love with running, climbing, backcountry skiing, and surfing.

I moved back to Boston in November 2016 to start postdoctoral research at MIT, where I’ve been working on ocean mixing, parameterization of oceanic processes, large eddy simulation, and ice climbing.

If I’m not answering email, I may be somewhere beyond the end of the road, exploring this wonderful planet…

An abbreviated curriculum vitae (pdf)

Work

  • since 2018: Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2016–2018: Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2014–2016: Teaching Assistant and Graduate Research Assistant, University of California, San Diego
  • 2009–2010: Research Engineer, Accio Energy

Teaching

  • Fall 2015: Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Mathematical Physics
  • Spring 2015: Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Mathematical Physics
  • Winter 2014: Teaching Assistant, Fluid Dynamics II

Education

  • PhD, University of California, San Diego (2016)
  • MSE, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2010)
  • BSE, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Magna Cum Laude (2009)

Awards

  • NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016–2018)
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Dept of Mech and Aero Engineering, UCSD (Spring 2016)
  • Focht-Powell Graduate Fellowship, UCSD (2010–2013)