Meet the OceanUQ Team

Kyla Drushka

I am an observational physical oceanographer working mainly on questions related to air-sea interaction and submesoscale ocean variability. I am particularly excited about: upper ocean salinity variability, especially on small spatial scales; tropical mixed-layer dynamics; exploiting and combining data from satellites, moorings, Argo floats, drifters, etc. in order to extract new and interesting signals.

Shane Elipot

I conduct research in physical oceanography, and specifically in atmosphere-ocean interactions, oceanic surface boundary layer dynamics, meridional overturning circulation dynamics, and Agulhas Current System dynamics. I am interested in the nature of oceanic and atmospheric observations, and more generally in time series and covariance analyses of environmental data.

Aneesh Subramanian

Currently, Aneesh is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research interests are mainly focused on probabilistic prediction of weather and climate (including their uncertainty), data assimilation, and geophysical fluid dynamics. Loves spending time with family, playing soccer and/or being out in Nature.

Amy Braverman

Amy Braverman is Principal Statistician and a Technical Group Lead for Statistical Methods and Applications at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her scientific focus is the development of practical methods for statistical modeling and analysis of geophysical processes using remote sensing data. In particular, she is an expert in UQ for remote sensing retrievals.

Mark Bushnell

Mark is a retired NOAA physical oceanographer and oceanographic consultant who serves as the National Coordinator for the U.S. IOOS QARTOD project; is a charter member of the UNESCO/IOC Ocean Best Practice System steering group; supports the Old Dominion University HF radar surface current mapping effort; and is the exclusive U.S. agent for Datawell B.V., a manufacturer of the Waverider buoy.

Carol Anne Clayson

Carol Anne is the Director of the Center for Air-Sea Interactions and Marine Atmospheric Sciences at WHOI. Her current areas of research include understanding upper ocean mixing processes, how small-scale air-sea interactions affect the climate scale, and ocean impacts on the global water cycle. Her work uses a combination of remote sensing and in situ data together with high-resolution ocean and coupled models.

Donata Giglio

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) at the University of Colorado Boulder. My research interests mainly lie in large scale ocean circulation, upper ocean processes and climate dynamics. I am also interested in improving UQ of gridded oceanic fields and in improving ocean data accessibility and visualization via

Patrick Heimback

I am a computational oceanographer, climate scientist, and hobby glaciologist. My main interest is understanding the general circulation of the ocean, the dynamics of the marine (and marine-terminating) cryosphere, and their role in the global climate system. I use inverse methods involving adjoints and Hessians, applied to ocean and ice model parameter and state estimation, uncertainty quantification, and quantitative observing system design.

Mikael Kuusela

Mikael Kuusela is an Assistant Professor of Statistics and Data Science at Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on developing statistical methods for analyzing large and complex datasets in the physical sciences. He works in close collaboration with domain scientists on questions related to ill-posed inverse problems, spatio-temporal data, uncertainty quantification and statistical learning in climate science, oceanography, remote sensing and particle physics.

David Moroni

David is an Earth science Data Engineer specializing data informatics, stewardship and end-to-end data management. His educational background is Meteorology, with research interests including Air-Sea Interaction, diagnostic modeling/assimilation, passive/active microwave remote sensing, data/information quality, uncertainty quantification/characterization, data interoperability, metadata standardization, and all roads leading to FAIR data principles.

Wendy Parker

Wendy is a philosopher of science with a background in atmospheric science. She is interested in how data and models are used to learn about the world and how scientific uncertainties can be assessed, represented and communicated.

Alex Petty

Alek is an Associate Research Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of Maryland specializing in polar sea ice variability. He is a member of NASA’s Operation IceBridge and ICESat-2 and is interested in constraining current sea ice variability using remote sensing data and models, improving forecasts and long-term projections of sea ice, and better understanding the role of sea ice and the polar oceans in our climate system.

Roberto Sabia

Roberto is a marine scientist with a PhD in ocean remote sensing. As of 2010, he is based at European Space Agency (ESA), Italy, where he is acting Technical Officer on a variety of projects, mostly dealing with ocean salinity and ocean acidification. His interest in OceanUQ is in the characterization of representation error in satellite measurements. Sushi lover and huge SSC Napoli fan.

Adam Sykulski

I am a statistician and data scientist who enjoys collaborating with oceanographers. Together we have been studying position data from buoys, both moored and freely-drifting, with the goal of extracting the “signal from the noise” as well as measuring associated statistical uncertainty.