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I am associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin and visiting associate professor at MIT (2015-2017). My research focuses on understanding the general circulation of the ocean and its role in climate. As part of the “Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean" (ECCO) consortium, I apply formal inverse modeling techniques to produce a best possible estimate of the time-evolving state over the past few decades of the global ocean. Emerging research foci are understanding the dynamics of sea level change, the ocean’s role in the Earth’s energy imbalance, the provision of formal uncertainties, and implications for improving the global ocean observing system for climate. I also investigate the polar ice sheets, their dynamics, their interaction with the ocean, and their contributions to sea level rise. I earned my Ph.D. in 1998 from the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology and the University of Hamburg, Germany.
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