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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



  • 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 (2020-2023): 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 (2019-2022): Coupled Ocean-atmosphere interaction mediated by ocean mesoscale eddies in the Northwestern Tropical Atlantic Ocean. Seo and Clayson (all at WHOI)
  • NOAA CVP (2017-2021):  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 DRI (2017-2021): Coupled Air-Sea Interactions in the Bay of Bengal: Dynamics and Predictability of Monsoon Intraseasonal Oscillation. PI: Seo.





  • 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)
  • The Korean Society of Oceanography (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 Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions over Oceanic Boundary Currents. Ocean Sciences Meeting, San Diego, February 2020
  • Small-scale upper ocean processes in the Bay of Bengal: Do they matter to air-sea interaction and monsoon? MISO-BoB Discussion Meeting, Ahmedabad, India, January 2020


  • Review of Mesoscale and frontal-scale air-sea interactions: physics, diagnostics, and impacts. US CLIVAR Summit, Long Beach, Aug. 6, 2019.
  • Coupled ocean-atmosphere interaction mediated by the ocean mesoscale eddies in the Northwest Tropical Atlantic Ocean. ATOMIC PI Meeting, Boulder, July 29, 2019
  • Coupled ocean-atmosphere interactions over the oceanic boundary currents. IAPSO IUGG, Montreal, July 13, 2019.
  • Distinct influence of coupled ocean-atmosphere interactions mediated by sea surface temperature and current. Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, March 5, 2019.
  • Coupled ocean-atmosphere interaction mediated by SST and surface current: Distinctive impacts and scale dependence. OFES Meeting, Japan, Feb 28, 2019.
  • Coupled effects of ocean current on wind stress in the Bay of Bengal: EKE and ML stratification. MISO-BoB Meeting, ICTS, Bangalore, Feb 22-23, 2019
  • Coupled ocean-atmosphere interaction mediated by SST and surface current: Distinctive impacts and scale dependence. OFES Meeting, Japan, Feb 28-Mar 1, 2019









  • Effect of Seasonal Freshwater Forcing on the Indian Monsoon: A Regional Coupled Modeling Study Bay of Bengal Monsoon Workshop, WHOI, November 16-18, 2011
  • Mesoscale air-sea interactions and regional climate change: Tropical Instability Waves in a regional coupled model. Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. October 14, 2011
  • (Invited) Regional coupled downscaling: Role of mesoscale ocean eddies in climate- Tropical Instability Waves. International Workshop Development and Application of Regional Climate Models. Korea. October 11-12
  • Tropical Instability Waves in the Atlantic: Air-sea interactions and climate change, Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere-Land Processes in the Tropical Atlantic, Miami, Mar 24, 2011