• Promote diversity, equity and inclusion
    • Promote diversity as actively as possible and create awareness of the associated gaps/challenges and discrimination that currently exist within the scientific community.
  • Connect with organisations
    • Maximise the impact and connectivity of the IAPSO Early Career Network by liasing with other national and international networks.
  • Liaise with the Executive committee
    • Provide advice from the Early Career Network to the IAPSO Executive Committee and communicate key agenda from the IAPSO directive back to the IAPSO Early Career Scientist Network.
  • Organise events
    • Organise early career events at biannual IAPSO assemblies that may include mentoring, outreach activities and networking between early career scientists and senior researchers.

Committee members

Alejandra Sanchez-Franks (UK, chairperson): Alejandra is a research scientist in the Marine Physics and Ocean Climate Group at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton. She joined NOC after finishing her PhD in Stony Brook University, New York in April 2015 to work on the Bay of Bengal Boundary Layer Experiment (BoBBLE) project, which is a joint collaboration between the UK and India investigating the role of the Bay of Bengal in monsoon variability. As of January 2019, she has joined the RAPID-AMOC (project monitoring the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation) team.

Alejandra Sanchez-Franks

Malin Ödalen (Germany, vice-chairperson): Malin is a post-doctoral researcher at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany, working in the SO-CHIC project. She is a modeller with a PhD from Stockholm University (2019) who is interested in physical and biogeochemical aspects of the ocean’s role in the climate system. Her research topics are Southern Ocean processes, and global ocean carbon storage across climate states. Passionate about the ocean, world politics, outdoor activities and her home region in Sweden north of the Artic Circle.

Malin Ödalen

Danielle Su (France, member): Danielle started her journey as an oceanographer moving from one island (Singapore) to another (Australia) and recently completed her PhD at The University of Western Australia investigating flow topography interactions around islands in the Northern Indian Ocean. Now at the LOCEAN Laboratory in Paris, she is delving into the world of biogeochemistry. Enjoys hiking and good wine, especially if done together.

Danielle Su

Kay McMonigal (USA, member): Kay is a fifth year PhD student working with Prof. Lisa Beal at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami. His work focuses on observations of the Agulhas Current. In addition to the Indian Ocean, he loves running, reading, and beer.

Kay McMonigal

Casimir de Lavergne (France, member): Casimir is a physical oceanographer at the LOCEAN Laboratory in Paris. He studies the climatic functions of the deep and polar oceans, focusing on turbulence and mixing in the ocean abyss. Long runs and long nights out keep him in balance.

Casimir de Lavergne

Jesse Cusack (USA, member): Jesse is a postdoc in the Polar Coastal Ocean Dynamics group at Rutgers University. He studies small scale physical processes in the deep ocean, such as turbulence, internal waves, as well as turbulent processes at the ice-ocean boundary. He greatly enjoys going to sea to collect observations, and while on land spends his free time rock climbing or hiking.

Jesse Cusack

Prasad Padalkar (India, member): Prasad is a research scholar working with Prof. Parthasarthi Chakraborty at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. His research deals with understanding the biogeochemical cycling of mercury in tropical coastal environments. In particular, he investigates how the elemental form of mercury controls mercury pollution and the effect of climate change stressors on cycling of mercury in coastal waters.

Prasad Padalkar

Alex Haumann (USA, member): Alex is an environmental scientist studying the polar climate of the Southern Ocean and the interaction between ice, ocean, atmosphere, and the carbon cycle. He received his PhD from ETH Zurich (2016). Currently, Alex is an Associate Research Scholar at Princeton University and BAS honorary researcher. He collaborates internationally in both the SOCCOM and ORCHESTRA projects, and participated in the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition. Alex enjoys cooking, hiking, travelling, snowboarding, and the outdoors in general.

Alex Haumann

Mujeeb Akanbi Abdulfatai (Nigeria, member): Mujeeb is a NF-POGO Centre of Excellence for Observational Oceanography scholar at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Germany. He recently concluded his Masters research study where he developed noise-filtering methods to remove small-scale noises from the wide swath Sea Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite images. The SWOT satellite mission is a BOOST-SWOT project backed by JPL-NASA/CNES/MEOM group. He enjoys going on research cruises, coding and watching football.

Mujeeb Akanbi Abdulfatai

Marina Azaneu (UK, member): Marina is a physical oceanographer working at University of East Anglia (UEA, UK) on ocean-atmospheric interaction in the tropics. Her work is focused on intraseasonal variability and extreme precipitation events in the eastern Indian Ocean using models and ocean glider data. However, she hasn't yet let go completely of her past as a polar researcher, still getting involved whenever she can with Antarctica, because there is nothing more exciting than trying to finish dinner whilst crossing the Drake Strait.

Marina Azaneu

Former committee members

Arvind Singh (India, member): Arvind Singh is a Reader at the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmdedabad, India. He obtained his PhD in Oceanography from PRL in 2011, was a postdoc at University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2012) and GEOMAR, Germany (2013-2015). His research interests are biogeochemical cycles of carbon and nitrogen in the ocean and atmosphere, stable isotopes in the marine environment and oceanographic time-series studies. He teaches ocean biogeochemistry and error analysis courses at PRL.

Arvind Singh