Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson

Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering

Degrees and Appointments

B.S., Dartmouth College, 2000; C.A.S., University of Cambridge, 2001, M.Phil., 2002; Ph.D., Scripps Institute of Oceanography, 2006. Assistant Professor, Caltech, 2011-17; Professor, 2017-; Academic Officer, 2019-22.

Research Overview

Professor Thompson's research, which uses a combination of sea-going observations, idealized numerical models and theory, focuses on ocean circulation and the physical processes that transport heat, chemicals and biology within the ocean. His work specifically explores the dynamics of ocean turbulence; the role of eddies in ocean mixing and Southern Ocean circulation, with a goal of understanding how these processes govern the ocean's contribution and response to changes in Earth's climate.

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