Laura Castro de la Guardia – Graduate Studentcastrodelaguardia_l
University of Alberta
OSNAP Advisor: Paul Myers

My background is ecosystem biology, and withing Dr. Myers’s physical oceanographic modelling group I study primary productivity in the Labrador Sea, as well as the evolution of oxygen and carbon concentration in the Labrador Sea Water using a state of the art ocean sea-ice model (NEMO) coupled to a biogeochemical model (BLING). The simulation runs from 1958 to 2013.

Kim Drouin – Graduate Student
Duke University
OSNAP Advisor: Susan Lozier

While the overall pattern of northward heat transport throughout the South Atlantic basin has been understood for many decades, the contributing pathways are still an area of active research. My work focuses on understanding the sources of the AMOC return flow in the South Atlantic and its adjacent basins. Specifically, I am interested in exploring upper-ocean pathways, heat and freshwater fluxes, and the connectivity between the South and North Atlantic. I use a combination of observational data, such as surface drifters and subsurface floats, as well as ocean circulation models (e.g. HYCOM) in my research.

Elodie Duyck – Graduate Student
NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea research & Utrecht University
OSNAP Advisor: Femke de Jong

Excess freshwater influx into convection regions has the potential to affect the overturning circulation. However, freshwater exchanges between the East Greenland Shelf and interior seas are not well understood yet. My PhD research focuses on tracking those exchanges, notably by deploying surface drifters in the East Greenland Current.

Charlène Feucher  – Postdoc
University of Alberta
OSNAP Advisor: Paul G. Myers

I am doing a post-doc at University of Alberta. My post-doc is part of the VITALS (Ventilation, Interactions and Transports Across the Labrador Sea) project. I am investigating changes in the Labrador Sea Water formation and how it is linked to the Meridional Overturning Circulation (MOC). For my investigations, I mostly use ocean simulations from the NEMO framework.


Nick Foukal – PostdocOSNAP-5
OSNAP Advisor: Bob Pickart

I’m analyzing the exchange of freshwater from the Greenland shelf into the Labrador Sea. The goal of this project is to determine how glacial meltwater from Greenland affects convection in the Labrador Sea.


Neil Fraser – Postdoc

I started working on the OSNAP project in January 2018. I use a combination of moorings, gliders and numerical model output to estimate the transport in the eastern sub-polar North Atlantic. I also use inverse methods to study the large scale North Atlantic circulation as well as decadal trends in temperature and salinity.

Nora Fried – Graduate Student

NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research & Utrecht University
OSNAP advisor: Femke de Jong

My project focusses on the Irminger Current which is responsible for the northward transport of heat and freshwater into the Irminger Basin. I will analyze the Irminger Currents variability on subseasonal to interannual time scales. The goal of the project is to identify causes for the Irminger Currents variability and its contribution to the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. I will mainly focus on mooring data from five deep-reaching moorings combined with hydrographic section and altimetry data.  

Yarisbel Garcia Quintana – Graduate Student
University of Alberta
OSNAP Advisor: Paul G. Myers

By using an ocean-sea ice coupled numerical model (NEMO), my research has been focused on Labrador Sea Water (LSW) formation rate variability as well as AMOC strength under different scenarios, by implementing sensitivity experiments. I have been working with Paul G. Myers as my Supervisor. Part of my research also aims to look at the variability and formation rates of the Denmark Strait Overflow Water (DSOW) and Iceland-Scotland Overflow Water (ISOW). LSW, DSOW and ISOW contributions to the AMOC strength and variability in the sub-polar gyre is also one of my questions.

Patricia Handmann – Graduate Studentp1030904
OSNAP Advisor: Martin Visbeck

My PhD project aims to understand deep transport variabilities from Model and Observational data. It focuses on the mechanisms causing variabilities on different timescales in the deep limb of the overturning circulation. What are the connections of changes in regional wind stress curl, hydrographic and dynamic properties in NADW and its single components LSW, NEADW and ISOW? Also the evolution of deep water masses traveling from their source region in the north down south is a field of interest. I am trying to answer these questions via model analysis of the high resolution model VIKING20 and the analysis of observational data from different locations in the North Atlantic.

Greg Koman – PhD Student
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at University of Miami
OSNAP Supervisor: Bill Johns

My Ph.D. research is on the seasonal variability of the North Atlantic Subpolar Gyre (NASPG) and its boundary currents. Using multiple sources of evidence including altimetry, models, hydrographic data and mooring data, we find that many portions of the NASPG show an increased seasonal transport in the late fall and a weakened transport in the spring and summer. My research works to create a complete pictures of this variability and investigate the sources for its variation.

Liping Ma – PhD Student
University of Liverpoolliping-ma1
OSNAP Supervisor: Ric Williams

My PhD project will examine how different atmospheric regimes affect the ocean heat storage and overturning in the North Atlantic Ocean and the wider climate system.

The prevailing view is that much of the ocean variability in heat storage in the North Atlantic is understood in terms of slowly varying climate modes, i.e. fixed pressure patterns such as the North Atlantic Oscillation. Instead we wish to explore how the ocean heat uptake and overturning is controlled by the position and frequency of individual weather systems, in particular atmospheric blocks, which determine the path of the jet stream.

Juliana M. Marson- Postdoc
University of Alberta
OSNAP Advisor: Paul G. Myers

I am a physical oceanographer who worked with Antarctic research in the past. As I wanted to gain more experience with Arctic research and numerical modelling, I came to Canada to work with Dr. Myers group. Currently, I am implementing an interactive iceberg module in our model and analyzing the importance of iceberg meltwater to the North Atlantic Ocean.

Astrid Pacini – Graduate Student
MIT/WHOI Joint Program
OSNAP Advisor: Bob Pickart

My research focuses on the kinematics of the West Greenland boundary current system. I am interested in characterizing the mesoscale and submesoscale variability in the system, as well as understanding the seasonality, transport, and governing dynamics of the boundary current.


Clark Pennelly – Graduate Student
University of Alberta 
OSNAP Advisors: Paul G. Myers

My research focuses on the convection within the Labrador Sea. By using a numerical ocean model, NEMO, I examine some of the major influencing factors behind deep convection: atmospheric forcing over the convection region and freshwater transport into the convection region. I plan to couple an atmospheric model with NEMO to further explore sensitivity to atmospheric forcing.

Tillys Petit – Postdoc
Duke University
OSNAP Advisor: Susan Lozier

As part of the OSNAP project, my research focuses on understanding what drives the mean overturning circulation and its large variability across OSNAP-East. Indeed, the seasonal and interannual variability of the AMOC cannot be solely explained by the variability of the Labrador Sea Water formation as observed at OSNAP-West or by the inflow across the Greenland-Scotland Ridge (GSR) at depth. By using monthly observations from the OSNAP array and from moorings located along the GSR, I show that the mechanisms explaining this variability are also related to the formation of Subpolar Mode Water between the ridge and the OSNAP-East line, forced by air-sea fluxes, which is then entrained in the lower limb of the MOC. Another work will focus on the propagation and connection between the subpolar and the subtropical gyres by using observations along the RAPID array.

Virginie Racapé – Postdoc
OSNAP Advisors: Virginie Thierry & Herlé Mercier

My job focuses on the deep-limb of the overturning circulation and the connection between subpolar and subtropical gyre. In this context, I am using Deep-Argo-O2 launched in the Subpolar gyre since 2015 to better document the deep circulation and its water masses as well as ventilation mechanism. This study will be completed by cruises data and Argo-O2 data available in the North Atlantic to better understand alternation between cold and warm periods observed since 1990s and their impact on the basin scale.

Sijia Zou – Postdoc

OSNAP Advisor: Amy Bower

 My work focuses on the deep limb of the overturning circulation, specifically on the connection between convection in the Labrador Sea and the export of Labrador Sea Water (LSW) to the subtropical gyre. I seek to understand if the variability of LSW export is driven by the change in convection of the source region, and if not, what the dominant mechanism is that controls the export variability.  I use ocean models to track the paths of water particles in a Lagrangian frame and compute the exported variability. To validate our model results, I will also analyze results from hydrographic data and RAFOS floats deployed as part of the OSNAP project.