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Associate Scientist with Tenure
Physical Oceanography Department
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
266 Woods Hole Road, MS#21, Woods Hole, MA 02543
Email:, Tel: 508-289-2792, Fax: 508-457-2181



  • 2018.07 – Present: Associate Scientist with Tenure
  • 2014.09 – 2018.06: Associate Scientist
  • 2010.10 – 2014.08: Assistant Scientist, Physical Oceanography Department, WHOI
  • 2009 – 2010: Visiting Assistant Researcher, IPRC, Univ. Hawaii, Manoa (With Prof. Shang-Ping Xie)
  • 2008 – 2009: NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow, IPRC, Univ. Hawaii, Manoa (with Prof. Shang-Ping Xie)
  • 2007 – 2008: NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA (with Prof. Roberto Mechoso)
  • 2007: Visiting Scientist, International Pacific Research Center, Univ. Hawaii, Manoa (With Prof. Niklas Schneider)
  • 2002 – 2007: Graduate Research Assistant, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego




  • NOAA CVP (2022-2025): Exploiting coupled ocean-atmosphere-wave model simulations to identify observational requirements for air-sea interaction studies across the tropical Pacific. PIs: Seo and Wijffels. 
  • WHOI Francis E. Fowler IV Ocean and Climate Fellow (2022-2023): Western boundary currents and air-sea interaction: towards skillful predictive understanding and modeling of extreme storms and short-term climate events.
  • NSF PO (2022-2026): Improving understanding of coupled impacts of oceans and waves on air-sea fluxes in the US Northeast Coast. PIs: Seo, Sauvage, Edson and Clayson. 830K to WHOI
  • NASA MAP (2021-2024): Improving coupled atmosphere-ocean processes in NU-WRF for the simulation of coast-threatening extratropical cyclones in the northeastern US. PI: Seo, Edson, Clayson (all at WHOI), Braun & Shi (NASA GSFC).
  • DOE WFIP3 (2021-2016): Improving High Resolution Offshore Wind Resource Assessments and Forecasts using Observations in the MA/RI Lease Areas. Kirincich et al.
  • NSF PO/CLD (2020-2023): Collaborative Research: Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Feedbacks Affecting California Coastal Climate: Current Conditions and Future Projections. PIs: Seo (WHOI) and Miller (SIO).
  • NOAA CVP (2020-2024): Regional multi-year prediction for the Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf. PIs: Kwon, Seo, Chen (all at WHOI), Frantantoni, Saba, and Alexander (all at NOAA)
  • NOAA CVP (2019-2023): Coupled Ocean-atmosphere interaction mediated by ocean mesoscale eddies in the Northwestern Tropical Atlantic Ocean. Seo and Clayson (all at WHOI)
  • NOAA CVP (2017-2023):  Upper ocean processes in the Maritime Continent and their impact on the air-sea interaction and MJO predictability. PI: Shinoda (TAMU-CC), Seo (WHOI), Wang (NCEP).
  • ONR MISO-BoB (2017-2023): Coupled Air-Sea Interactions in the Bay of Bengal: Dynamics and Predictability of Monsoon Intraseasonal Oscillation. PI: Seo.




  • Dr. Alma Carolina Castillo-Trujillo (2021-), NOAA US East Coast multi-year predictability project.
  • Dr. Cesar Sauvage (2020-). ATOMIC coupled air-sea-wave modeling in the tropical northwestern Atlantic Ocean
  • Dr. John Steffen (2019-2021). MJO Predictability in the Maritime Continent
  • Dr. Rhys Parfitt (2016-2018, now Assistant Professor at Florida State University)


  • Sam Bartusek (Princeton University, Summer Student Fellow, 2019, now in Columbia Univ.). Coastal ocean responses to landfalling ARs (Bartusek et al. 2021), See also WHOI Research News
  • Yuqing Liu (Bremen University, Guest Student, 2018, now at AWI, Germany): Submesoscale air-sea coupling
  • Manthan Shah (Northeastern University, Guest Student 2018): Scale-dependence of SST-wind coupling in the western tropical Indian Ocean
  • Yuan Xu (University of Twente, Guest Student 2018): Decadal variability in the southern Indian Ocean (Xu et al. 2020)
  • Xiaolin Jin (Tsinghua University, Visiting Student 2017), Decadal Subsurface Ocean Heat Content Variations in the Indian Ocean. (Jin et al. 2018aJin et al. 2018b)
  • Samuel Coakley (Rutgers University, Summer Student Fellow 2017): Southeast Asian monsoon variability in the CESM-Last Millennium Ensemble
  • David Smith (Northeastern University, Guest Student 2016): Decadal predictability of the North Atlantic Blocking
  • Channing Prend (Columbia University, Summer Student Fellow, 2016, now at Scripps): Impact of freshwater plumes on intraseasonal SST variability from moored observations in the Bay of Bengal (Prend et al. 2018Weller et al. 2019)
  • Siraput Jongaramrungruang (University of Cambridge, Summer Student Fellow, 2015, now at Caltech): Interannual modulation of intraseasonal air-sea coupling in the Bay of Bengal (Jongaramrungruang et al. 2017)
  • Alicia Camacho (Valparaiso University, UCAR SOARS student 2015, now at Stony Brook University): North Atlantic Oscillation, Jet and Blocking in CESM1 Large Ensemble Simulations. (Kwon et al. 2018)
  • Carlos Martinez (Texas A&M University, UCAR SOARS student 2014, now at Columbia University): North Atlantic Atmospheric Blocking and Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation in CESM1 Large Ensemble Simulations. Carlos won the Grand Prize at the Virtual Poster Showcase, AGU 2014!

Dissertation Committee

  • Ph.D. Thesis Committee Chair for Hanyuan Liu (MIT-WHOI Joint Program), 2021
  • Ph.D. External Examiner for Christoph Renkl (Dalhousie University, Oceanography), 2020
  • Ph.D. Thesis committee for Jared Buckley (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth), 2015-2019
  • M.S. Thesis Committee for Xin Zhou (Florida Institute of Technology), 2015-2016
  • MS. Thesis committee for Sara Bosshart (MIT-WHOI Joint Program), 2013

Society Memberships:

  • American Geophysical Union (2002-Present)
  • American Meteorological Society (2002-Present)
  • The Oceanography Society (2012-Present)

Community Activities:

Agency proposal review panels

  • NASA SWOT (2012); DOE ESMD (2020)


  • Atmospheric Science Letters, Bulletin of American Meteorological Society, Climate Dynamics, Continental Shelf Research, Dynamics of Atmosphere and Oceans, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, Journal of Climate, Journal of Marine Systems, Journal of Physical Oceanography, Progress in Oceanography, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmosphere/Oceans, Nature Geosciences, Nature Communications, Ocean Dynamics, Ocean Modelling, Remote Sensing, Scientific ReportsProposal Reviewer:
  • NOAA (CPO); NSF (OCE Physical Oceanography, ATM Climate and Large-scale Dynamics, ATM Physical and Dynamic Meteorology); The Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT); The French Research Agency (ANR); Programme on National Monsoon Mission (India), FONDECYT Program (Chile)

WHOI Committee and Service:

  • WHOI Summer Student Fellowship (SSF) Physical Oceanography Department Coordinator, 2017-2019
  • Advisory committee for the WHOI High-Performance Computing: 2010-2017
  • Physical Oceanography Department Weekly Seminar, Organizer, 2010-2011

Meeting Convener:



  • Coupled Modeling of Mesoscale Air-Sea Interaction: Physics, Impacts, and Role of Surface Waves. Seoul National University, Korea, invited, 09/22 pdf
  • Ocean Mesoscale Air-Sea Interaction over Gulf Stream: Drivers, Physics, and Influence. US CLIVAR Wither the Gulf Stream Workshop. Wither the Gulf Stream Workshop, 06/22 pdf
  • Surface wave impacts on air-sea momentum flux in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean: coupled modeling and bulk formula. Workshop on Air-Sea Interaction and Implications for Offshore Wind Energy, 02/10/2021.