Post-doctoral Associates

Four new postdoctoral researchers selected to join JISAO in 2016/2017

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:

Mariona ClaretMariona Claret
PhD, Physical Oceanography, Joint Program University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Institut de Ciències del Mar, ES, 2012. My current research focuses on changes in ocean circulation with climate variability that have an impact on the oceanic carbon cycle, and oxygen availability. Additionally, I'm fascinated by the physics of smaller scales such as sub-mesoscales, and internal waves, and their interaction with marine biogeochemistry. I use state-of-the-art ocean models to explore questions within these topics that are well-motivated by observations.
Rachel WhiteRachel White
PhD, Imperial College London, 2012. Research interests: Dynamical climate modeling; atmosphere-ocean coupling; topographic effects on general circulation, jet streams and storm-tracks; impacts of tropical deforestation
Anne GothmannAnne Gothmann
PhD, Geosciences, Princeton University, 2015. My research focuses on the development and application of paleo-proxies in biogenic carbonates. At JISAO, I am particularly interested in investigating coral proxies for the carbonate system using culture experiments and geochemical measurements of coral skeletons. In addition, my work seeks to test models of biomineralization and explore the impacts of ocean acidification and global change on calcifying organisms.