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Dr Beatriz Peña-Molino join CSIRO in 2017. She is a physical oceanographer with interests in the large scale dynamics of the ocean and its role in climate. In her work she explores the tropical ocean, through the mid-latitudes, and to the polar systems.
Prior to joining CSIRO she completed a PhD in Physical Oceanography from the MIT-WHOI Joint Program (USA). Her work then focused on the western North Atlantic, looking at the interaction between the upper and lower limbs of the Meridional Overturning Circulation. In 2011 Dr Peña-Molino came to Australia and joined the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC), where she worked in problems related to the dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and its interaction with topography, formation and export of Antarctic Bottom Water, and ice shelf-ocean interactions in the Antarctic margins. At CSIRO she continues her work in the Southern Ocean but has also become a member of the CSHOR project Indo-Pacific Interbasin Exchange. There she works towards characterizing the different scales of variability in the Indonesian Througflow (ITF). Using both in situ and remote observations she hopes to contribute to our understanding of the forcing mechanisms of the ITF and how the ITF impacts climate both at the regional and global scales.

Current Roles

  • IMOS Blue Water and Climate node leader
    Liaising between the Blue water and Climate community and the IMOS office and providing scientific advise to the IMOS office

Academic Qualifications

  • 2003

    Batchelor's degree in Oceanography
    Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)

  • 2010

    PhD in Physical Oceanography
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods hole Oceanographic Institution

Achievements and Awards

  • 2003-2003

    National Graduation Award
    Spanish Government

  • 2004-2006

    MIT Presidential Fellowship
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology