Post-doctoral Mentors

Tom Ackerman, Atmospheric Sciences

Becky Alexander, Atmospheric Sciences

Our research examines how tropospheric aerosol and oxidant chemistry varies over time and space.  The time scales we consider range from seasonal to glacial-interglacial variability on the global scale.  We aim to answer two fundamental questions in atmospheric chemistry: 1) How do the formation pathways of sulfate and nitrate aerosols vary over space and time, and what are the implications for atmospheric chemistry and climate? 2) How has the oxidation capacity of the atmosphere changed in response to both anthropogenic and climate forcing, and what are the implications for climate feedback processes via the impact on the concentration of reduced trace gases (e.g. CH4) that affect the distribution of energy in the climate system? The main approaches that we use to answer the above questions are: 1) Measuring the isotopic composition of sulfate and nitrate from aerosol, water, snow, and ice core samples (see our laboratory facilities). 2) Modeling using global three-dimensional models of atmospheric chemistry and climate (mostly GEOS-Chem). Please see our web page for more information about ongoing research projects.

Simone Alin, NOAA

Alberto Aliseda, Mechanical Engineering

James Anderson, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Diego Arcas, JISAO

Virginia Armbrust, Oceanography

Kerim Aydin, NOAA

Edward Baker, JISAO

John Baross, Oceanography

Tim Bates, JISAO

Our research examines the effects of atmospheric particles on climate and air quality.  Most of our research is carried out on research vessels looking at both naturally produced and anthropogenic aerosols in the atmosphere  Our current focus has been on ocean derived aerosols although we are moving forward with measurements from unmanned aerial systems

David Battisti, Atmospheric Sciences

David Beauchamp, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Salmon experience a broad range of habitats and associated environmental-ecological conditions as they complete their life cycle through freshwater, estuarine, and marine systems. Salmon production is currently limited by a variety of factors that affect survival, especially during early marine periods which are believed to determine adult recruitment. The nature and magnitude of these effects are expected to change with changing climate, land and water use. Size-selective marine mortality is a prevalent feature in the dynamics of anadromous salmonid populations. We are interested in exploring how top-down and bottom-up processes vary among life stages to create critical periods that influence growth and size-selective survival to adulthood. We can address these topics through a combination of retrospective analyses of data and archival samples, direct field sampling, and modeling. Our ultimate goal is to develop mechanistically-based models that help diagnose existing limitations and predict responses by salmon and their associated food webs to climatic and anthropogenic changes. These questions are prevalent throughout the geographic range of Pacific salmon and steelhead, and opportunities exist to either focus on localized systems like Puget Sound or conduct comparative analyses and syntheses across multiple systems (e.g., California Current, Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Inland Seas, etc.).

Cecilia Bitz, Atmospheric Sciences

I am interested in ice and climate interactions in the present, past, and future. My group mostly uses climate models, from simple reduced models to full-blown earth system models. I have also done a little field work in the Antarctic on the interactions of ice shelves, sea ice, and climate. I work on polar climates at both poles, and I often consider interactions with the global climate system. Please check out my web site if you think you might be interested in working in my group at and email me.

Nick Bond, JISAO

The Office of the Washington State Climatologist (OWSC) collects, disseminates and interprets climate data. It serves as a source of climate and weather information for state and local decision makers and agencies involved with drought, flooding, climate change and related issues. The research carried out by OWSC includes consideration of applied topics (marine ecosystems, human health, etc.) related to the climate. More information is available at

Trevor Branch, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Chris Bretherton, Atmospheric Sciences

Roger Buick, Earth and Space Sciences

John Bullister, NOAA

I am an Oceanographer at NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and hold an Affiliate Faculty Position in the School of Oceanography at UW. My current research focuses on the study of the entry of Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other anthropogenic compounds into the ocean. Our group is involved in extensive global field programs such as the CLIVAR Repeat Hydrography program. A primary goal of our research is to use these compounds as time-dependent chemical tracers to quantify the rates and pathways of ocean circulation and mixing processes (and their variability). The observed distributions of these compounds in the ocean are also being used to test and evaluate numerical model simulations of key oceanic processes, and to improve estimates of the rate of anthropogenic carbon dioxide uptake in the ocean. We are also involved in studies of the importance of the ocean in the global budgets of reactive trace gases such as methane and nitrous oxide.

David Butterfield, JISAO

David Catling, Earth and Space Sciences

Wei Cheng, JISAO

Edward Cokelet, NOAA

Howard Conway, Earth and Space Sciences

Joyce Cooper, Mechanical Engineering

Meghan Cronin, NOAA

There is a growing database of observations in the tropics and at higher latitudes that can be used to investigate air-sea interaction and upper ocean processes. I lead the NOAA PMEL Ocean Climate Station program that maintains surface reference stations moorings in key regions of the climate system. At present we have two moorings in the North Pacific – the Kuroshio Extension Observatory (KEO), which is in the western boundary current region where the ocean warms the atmosphere and subtropical mode water is formed; and Station Papa in the Gulf of Alaska, which is a region where the effects of ocean acidification are expected to manifest. These moorings were both initiated during process studies and thus are part of a larger data set that places these observations within the mesoscale and large-scale context. Their data can be used in a variety of analyses investigating processes on diurnal-interannual and longer time scales. We also had a pilot mooring deployment in the Agulhas Return Current region south of Africa. Studies using these and other data in this region would be very welcome.

Eric D'Asaro, APL/Oceanography

John Delaney, Oceanography

Jody Deming, Oceanography

Donald Denbo, JISAO

Allan Devol, Oceanography

Sarah Doherty, JISAO

Miriam Doyle, JISAO

Dale Durran, Atmospheric Sciences

Robert Embley, NOAA

Steven Emerson, Oceanography

I approach my research, teaching and advising with a “chemical perspective” of oceanography in which the distributions of chemical concentrations and isotope ratios are used to understand biogeochemical processes and the role of the ocean in the global fluxes of oxygen and carbon. As the science of oceanography becomes more interdisciplinary, it is important to understand how chemical tracers can be used to determine rates of physical and biological oceanographic processes that are not possible to constrain otherwise. My main research interests are in the utility of gases and their isotopes for constraining net biological fluxes of metabolites in the euphotic zone and mixing processes deeper in the thermocline and deep sea. Specifically, we are studying: (1) the utility of in situ oxygen sensors on moorings and Argo floats to determine the net biological oxygen production globally and (2) the use of N2 and noble gas and isotope ratios to constrain the nitrogen cycle of the ocean. We are interested in adding a postdoctoral fellow with interests in these analytical processes or in studying gas tracers in ocean global circulation models to help interpret our analytical work.

Charles Eriksen, Oceanography

Timothy Essington, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Richard Feely, NOAA

Carolyn Friedman, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Dargan Frierson, Atmospheric Sciences

I'm most interested in studying responses of the climate system to global warming, and fundamental aspects of the general circulation of the atmosphere and the ocean.  For potential JISAO postdocs, I would suggest projects involving a simplified coupled atmosphere-ocean model that we've been running.  It has idealized basins, simplified atmospheric physics, and runs quickly so many long simulations can be performed.  I'd be interested in using it to continue studying the role of ocean circulation on determining rainfall patterns in the tropics and extratropics, and in studying ocean heat uptake with global warming: its patterns and influence on large-scale hydrologic and dynamical responses to warming. 

Qiang Fu, Atmospheric Sciences

Professor Fu's research areas are in atmospheric radiation and cloud processes, atmospheric circulation changes associated with global warming and their impacts on clouds and water vapor and the feedback to the climate system,  the Brewer-Dobson circulation, tropical tropopause layer (TTL) and the temperature structure and changes in TTL, terrestrial aridity changes.

Vince Gallucci, Earth and Space Sciences

Michael Gregg, Oceanography

Daniel Grunbaum, Oceanography

Greg Hakim, Atmospheric Sciences

Many of the most important outstanding problems in Earth system science involve coupling between the atmosphere and the ocean over long timescales. Our research activity on this central theme involves two main foci: climate reconstruction using paleo-proxy data, and decadal predictions of climate variability. These problems are linked by the need to fuse information from models and observations, and by techniques used to exploit that information for understanding the evolution of the coupled system. We use ensemble approaches to these problems, and a hierarchy approach to test ideas from simple low-order models up to next-generation Earth-system models.

Bernard Hallet, Earth and Space Sciences

D.E. Harrison, NOAA

Dennis Hartmann, Atmospheric Sciences

Susan Hautala, Oceanography

Al Hermann, JISAO

Ray Hilborn, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Laura Hinkelman, JISAO

Dr. Hinkelman is a research scientist at the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean of the University of Washington. Her research spans a range of applications of atmospheric radiative transfer. Much of her research to date has focused on the Earth's energy budget, long-term trends in surface insolation, and the effect of clouds on atmospheric radiative transfer. Her current projects concentrate on practical application of satellite and ground-based irradiance data: evaluating the use of satellite radiative flux products in snowmelt models; examining the variability of surface insolation as a function of space, time, and cloud conditions for application to solar energy production; and evaluation of satellite radiation data products. Dr. Hinkelman has worked extensively with ground-based solar flux measurements, Monte Carlo radiative transfer, and a wide range of satellite data sets.

Robert Holzworth, Earth and Space Sciences

John Horne, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Robert Houze, Atmospheric Sciences

George Hunt, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Anitra Ingalls, Oceanography

Lyatt Jeagle, Atmospheric Sciences

Dan Jaffe, Atmospheric Sciences

Gregory Johnson, NOAA

Gregory Johnson is an Oceanographer at NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and an Affiliate Professor at UW's School of Oceanography.  He works on large-scale ocean circulation, water masses, and their variability; ocean dynamics; ocean-atmosphere interactions; and the ocean's role in climate.  He is active in global repeat hydrography programs both national and international ( as well as the Argo program ( 

H. Paul Johnson, Oceanography

Mitsuhiro Kawase, Oceanography

I am particularly interested in exploring the potential of marine tidal currents as a source of renewable energy (electricity generation). I want to understand, as a problem in physics, how energy extraction would affect physical characteristics of the marine environment such as tidal range, current speed and turbulence, which in turn would affect the marine ecosystem - so that a realistic estimate of how much energy can be harvested from a given tidal stream without adversely affecting the surrounding waters can be made. As part of this, I am also interested in dynamical interactions between flow features at the scale of individual tidal turbines and their arrays, and estuarine and regional scales. My research makes extensive use of numerical models, and forms part of the research portfolio at the National Marine Renewable Energy Center, sponsored by the US Department of Energy and National Science Foundation Sustainable Energy Pathways (SEP) program. More broadly, I am interested in the energetics of ocean currents, the dynamics of circulation and stratification in fjord systems such as Puget Sound, and in improving numerical models that would simulate the marine environment in such systems.

Richard Keil, Oceanography

Deborah Kelley, Oceanography

Kathryn Kelly, APL/Oceanography

William Kessler, NOAA

Carol Ladd, NOAA

EcoFOCI is involved in extensive field and modeling research in the Chukchi and western Beaufort Seas in the Arctic, the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska. The goal of EcoFOCI is to understand how climate and other physical forcing influence the physical oceanography and ecosystems in these regions. One particular focus of my research has been on the influence of mesoscale eddies on ecosystem parameters. In situ and satellite observations, along with numerical modeling, have played roles in my research. Please see the EcoFOCI web page for more information.

Craig Lee, APL/Oceanography

Thomas Leschine, Marine and Environmental Affairs

Evelyn Lessard, Oceanography

Marvin Lilley, Oceanography

Ron Lindsay, APL Polar Science Center

Patricia Livingston, NOAA

Jessica Lundquist, Civil and Environmental Engineering 

Parker MacCready, Oceanography

Our most recent project is to create a daily forecast model of ocean circulation and carbon chemistry focused on Ocean Acidification in the NE Pacific and Salish Sea.  This will be used by shellfish growers, among others, to try to mitigate the threat of corrosive waters.  A former JISAO postdoc, Dr. Samantha Siedlecki, is part of the team, and we would very much like to bring in another postdoc.

Roger Marchand, Atmospheric Sciences

Seelye Martin, Oceanography

Cliff Mass, Atmospheric Sciences

Russell McDuff, Oceanography

Michael McPhaden, NOAA

I study large scale ocean-interactions, ocean dynamics, and the oceans role in climate. My primary focus is on the tropics, with emphasis on El Nino and the Southern Oscillation, the monsoons, tropical Atlantic climate variability and related phenomena. Over the past 30 years I developed a network of tropical moored buoys through international partnerships to support climate research and forecasting. I specialize in the analysis and interpretation of these data, in the context of theory and dynamical models, to improve understanding of processes at work in the climate system.

Marc Miller, Marine and Environmental Affairs 

Christopher Moore, NOAA

Calvin Mordy, JISAO

James Murray, Oceanography

Charles Nittrouer, Oceanography

Andrea Ogston, Oceanography

James Overland, NOAA

The Arctic group at PMEL collects field observations and analyses the output from global climate models to better understand Arctic air-ice-sea interactions and their impacts on the climate system and regional ecosystems. We are looking to extend our capabilities to include ice modeling, with special interest in simulating the Chukchi and western Beaufort Seas.

Julia Parrish, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Jerome Patoux, Atmospheric Sciences

Don Percival, APL

Ted Pietsch, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Andre Punt, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Paul Quay, Oceanography

Patricia Quinn, NOAA

Tom Quinn, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Joseph Resing, JISAO

Peter Rhines, Oceanography

Russell Richards, NOAA

Jeffrey Richey, Oceanography

Ignatius Rigor, APL

Stephen Riser, Oceanography

Gabrielle Rocap, Oceanography

Gerard Roe, Earth and Space Sciences 

Christopher Sabine, NOAA

Julian Sachs, Oceanography

I am interested in understanding how the climate has varied on a range of time and space scales. Much of my lab's recent work has been focused on the tropical Pacific over the last 10,000 years, with an emphasis on the last 2,000 years (the Late Holocene). We use molecular and isotopic measurements in sediment cores that we recover from lakes, swamps and lagoons on islands spanning the entire tropical Pacific Ocean. We work closely with climate theoreticians here at the University of Washington and elsewhere to understand the mechanisms underlying the climate changes we observe. Applicants with expertise in geochemistry, paleoclimatology and/or climate theory are encouraged to contact us to discuss possible postdoctoral research projects.

Eric Salathe, NW Climate Center

I conduct research on regional climate change and climate change impacts, with a primary focus on the US Pacific Northwest and SE Asia. Specific projects include: regional climate modeling with WRF, extreme precipitation and flood risk, climate change impacts on Puget Sound.

Thomas Sanford, APL/Oceanography

Daniel Schindler, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Kenneth Sebens, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Charles Simenstad, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

John Skalski, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Amy Snover, Climate Impacts Group

Rolf Sonnerup, JISAO

Phyliss Stabeno, NOAA

EcoFOCI is involved in extensive field and modeling research in the Chukchi and western Beaufort Seas in the Arctic, the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska. Our goal is to understand how climate and other physical forcing influence the physical oceanography and the ecosystems in these regions. Research is based on in-depth analysis of oceanographic and atmospheric data in the context of a modern understanding of atmospheric, oceanic and sea-ice dynamical processes. Please see our web page ( for more information.

Kathryn Stafford, APL

Eric Steig, Earth and Space Sciences

Adam Summers, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Adrienne Sutton, JISAO

My research focus is on characterizing the extent and magnitude of ocean acidification in surface waters of the open ocean, coastal, and coral reef environments. Specifically, I am interested in using interdisciplinary approaches to explore how physical and biological mechanisms, such as the El Nino/Southern Oscillation and coral reef metabolism, drive variations in ocean carbon chemistry across time and space. One of these approaches uses autonomous instrumentation on mooring platforms to better understand the natural variability and long-term trends in ocean carbon. I am also interested in how science can inform management and policy discussions.  I worked in Washington DC as a Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow and Congressional Affairs Specialist at NOAA for 3 years covering ocean and atmospheric research topics, especially climate change, addressed by the U.S. Congress.  I continue to pursue my interests in science policy and outreach.

Abigail Swann, Atmospheric Sciences

LuAnne Thompson, Oceanography

The largest exchanges of heat between the ocean and the atmosphere occur in mid-latitude western boundary current extensions.  These heat exchanges are driven by ocean heat transport convergence, both in the mean and on interannual time-scales.  Investigation of the interaction of the ocean and atmosphere in regions of strong ocean currents has been hampered by biases in low-resolution ocean climate models and a lack of long-term ocean observations.  Records of satellite sea level, sea surface temperature, cloud cover, and surface fluxes of heat are now available for 20 years or more, affording new opportunities to investigate the interaction of the atmosphere and ocean on interannual time scales. By combining satellite and in situ observations with climate model output available from the Climate Model Intercomparison Project version 5 as well as new high-resolution couple ocean-atmosphere model simulations, we are investigating the role of the oceans in storing and transporting heat and fresh water, including where and when stored heat in the ocean is released back to the atmosphere.

Joel Thornton, Atmospheric Sciences

Vasily Titov, NOAA

Glenn VanBlaricom, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Ed Waddington, Earth Space Sciences

J. Michael Wallace, Atmospheric Sciences

Muyin Wang, JISAO

My research interests are in the climate and climate change in the Arctic; possible connections of Arctic climate change with middle latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere; prediction of Arctic sea ice; climate variability in the North Pacific, and impact of climate change on the ecosystems. Climate model assessment (CMIP3 and CMIP5) is part of the work we have been doing in search for a better way to use these state-of-the-art models. 

Mark Warner, Oceanography

Stephen Warren, Atmospheric Sciences

William Wilcock, Oceanography

Kevin Williams, APL/Oceanography

Dale Winebrenner, Earth and Space Sciences

Rebecca Woodgate, APL/Oceanography

My research focuses on the physics of the Ocean-ice-atmosphere system of the Arctic, with an emphasis on the collection and analysis of in situ oceanographic data, especially from moorings. I am interested particularly in the flows of Pacific and Atlantic waters within the Arctic; the exchanges from the shelves to the basins; the Pacific inflow to the Arctic via the Bering Strait; and the causes and impacts of Arctic sea-ice reduction, including the interdisciplinary consequences of enhanced oceanic mixing in the Arctic. My PhD was in ocean modeling, but now I focus on observational work, working mostly from ships, with a specialization of mooring work in ice-covered regions. I collaborate with modelers, biologists and chemists to give an interdisciplinary aspect to my work. In the past, I have also worked in Antarctic oceanography and am keen to pursue how the lessons we learn in the Arctic may be applied to the Antarctic polar region.

Graham Young, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Dongxiao Zhang, JISAO

Large scale ocean circulation and its role in climate and climate variability. Impacts of changing circulation on marine ecosystem and chemistry. Tropical oceanography and air-sea interaction. High latitude processes that link to Thermohaline Circulation.