Kirstin Schulz

University of Texas at Austin
Research Fellow
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I obtained a Masters degree in Applied Mathematics at the Technical University of Clausthal-Zellerfeld, and hold a PhD degree in Physical Oceanography from the University of Rostock in Germany. During my PhD studies with Lars Umlauf at the Institute for Baltic Sea Research in Warnemuende, I investigated transport processes induced by tidal asymmetries in continental shelf regions, using both observational data and idealized modeling studies. After graduation, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, first with Theo Gerkema to study sediment transport mechanisms in estuarine regimes, in the context of a pilot study for the beneficial use of dredged harbor sediments for coastal protection, and later with Dick van Oevelen to investigate the constrains of cold water coral growth and their food supply in the northeast Atlantic. Before starting my position at the University of Texas (UT), I was part of the UK-German founded Changing Arctic Ocean PEANUTS project, led by Markus Janout and Yueng-Djern Lenn. In this project, I investigated changes in the Arctic Ocean turbulent mixing regime and their effect on the nutrient transport to sustain algae growth, and participated in the MOSAiC drift campaign on board the German icebreaker Polarstern. Currently, I am working in the Computational Research in Ice and Ocean group (CRIOS), led by Patrick Heimbach, in a NSF funded AccelNet project called GRISO (Greenland Ice Sheet Ocean Science Network, led by Fiamma Straneo, my supervisor at UT is An Nguyen). This project aims to connect Greenland researcher, science networks and communities. My scientific work in this project includes improving the representation of small scale ice-ocean interaction and fjord dynamics in larger scale ocean circulation models.