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Hyodae Seo

Senior Scientist
I am a climate scientist and numerical modeler, with a broad range of research and teaching interests in oceanic and atmospheric processes and their interactions relating to climate.  The overall goal of my research is to better understand the climate processes and their variability and changes at regional to local scales and to deliver useful and usable predictions and projections to adapt to and mitigate climate change impacts. These interests are pursued using numerical model simulations of the ocean and the atmosphere, theory of the geophysical fluid dynamics, and the use of satellite and in situ data and global climate model outputs. For more information, please see the list of my current projectspublications, and CV.

Dr. César Sauvage

Research Associate III
2020-2023, Postdoctoral Investigator, WHOI
Ph.D. 2020, CNRM (Meteorological National Research Center), Toulouse, France

César is investigating ocean-atmosphere-wave processes in various regions, supported by NOAA CVP, NSF PO, NASA MAP, and DOE WFIP3 projects.

Publications: Sauvage, C., H. Seo, C. A. Clayson, and J. B. Edson, 2023: Improving wave-based air-sea momentum flux parameterization in mixed seas. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 128, e2022JC019277 http, pdf

Alma Carolina Castillo-Trujillo

Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Alma is investigating the multi-year predictability of physical ocean conditions on the northeast US continental shelf and associated large-sale climate and coastal ocean processes, The project is funded by the NOAA CVP. Co-advised with Young-Oh Kwon and Ke Chen at WHOI, and Paula Frantantoni at NOAA Northeast Fisheries, See more details here.

Christoph Renkl

Postdoctoral Investigator
Ph.D. Dalhousie University, 2020

Christoph is working on an NSF project that examines the influence of anomalous ocean conditions in the extratropical Pacific (e.g., marine heatwaves, coastal upwelling) on coastal and inland climate (wildfires, flooding, precipitation pattern).

Benjamin Barr

Postdoctoral Investigator
Ph.D. University of Washington, 2023

Ben is working on NASA and NSF projects on coupled air-sea-wave modeling and parameterizations of air-sea fluxes and sea spray using the SCOAR regional coupled modeling system and NASA's NU-WRF.

Shikhar Rai

Postdoctoral Investigator
Ph.D. University of Rochester, 2023

Shikhar is working on NOAA TPOS modeling project on tropical Pacific. Co-supervised by Dr. Susan Wijffels.


Yoo-Jun Kim

Visiting Student
University of Tokyo, 2023-2024

Yoo-Jun is visiting our lab from November 2023 to March 2024 to study regional ocean circulation around Japan.


Past Members


Dr. John Steffen (2019-2021). Postdoctoral Investigator. Now at NOAA
Dr. Rhys Parfitt (2016-2018). Postdoctoral Scholar, Now Assistant Professor at Florida State University

Guest or Visiting Students

Peisen Tan (University of Miami, Summer of 2023).
Sam Bartusek (Princeton University, SSF 2019): Bartusek et al. 2021), See also WHOI Research News
Yuqing Liu (University of Bremen, 2018) Now at Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Germany
Manthan Shah (Northeastern University, 2018)
Samuel Coakley (Rutgers University, SSF, 2017)
David Smith (Northeastern University, 2017)
Channing Prend (Columbia University, SSF, 2016) Now at Scripps/UCSD
Siraput Jongaramrungruang (University of Cambridge, SSF, 2015) Now at Caltech
Alicia Camacho (Valpraiso University, SOARS, 2015) Now at Stony Brook University
Carlos Martinez (Texas A&M University, SOARS, 2014). Now at Columbia University