Post-doctoral Associates

JISAO's founding director John M. Wallace had the vision to commit a major share of JISAO's core program budget to support post-doctoral fellows. The program has been highly successful because post-docs are given the opportunity to construct their own research project, encouraging them to think broadly and also work closely with the distinguished scientists at the UW and the NOAA laboratories. The list of former JISAO post-docs is impressive and their current positions indicate the quality of scientists attracted to the program.

JISAO post-docs are appointed for one year with a second-year appointment available assuming reasonable progress. The appointment supports salary, travel expenses, and computing expenses. The program is primarily interested in post-docs whose research interests are aligned with the JISAO research themes. These research themes span atmospheric science, oceanography, climate, and fisheries science. Each post-doc works with a mentor located on the UW campus or at NOAA, Sand Point in Seattle.

For more information on JISAO's core post-doc program, contact Thomas Ackerman, Director, at

Besides the core program, JISAO occasionally has opportunities for other types of post-doc appointments. For more information on about this, contact Mary Smith at

Current Post-docs:

Sam PotterSam Potter
PhD, Princeton University, 2014. Research Interests: General circulation of the atmosphere. Tropical-extratropical interaction. Intraseasonal tropical variability. Regional climate dynamics.
Kim MartiniKim Martini
PhD, University of Washington, 2010. Research Interests: Internal waves and turbulence. In particular, how internal waves are generated, their path from source to sink, where they dissipate into turbulence and the effects on biology and ecosystems. 

Bonnie ChangBonnie Chang
PhD, University of Washington, 2010. Research Interests: Marine nitrogen cycling and its link to oceanic productivity. Nitrogen fixation and denitrification in the major oxygen deficient zones of the world's oceans (eastern tropical North and South Pacific, Arabian Sea). Effect of sedimentary nitrogen cycling on the isotopic composition of marine nitrate. The origins and air-sea flux of nitrous oxide in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.