• To provide advice from the Early Career Network to the IAPSO Executive Committee and to communicate key agenda from the IAPSO directive back to the IAPSO Early Career Scientist Network.
  • To maximise impact and connectivity of the IAPSO Early Career Network by liasing with other national and international networks.
  • To organise early career events at biannual IAPSO assemblies that may include mentoring, outreach activities and maximising networking between early career scientists and senior researchers.
  • To promote diversity as actively as possible and to create awareness of the associated gaps/challenges and discrimination that currently exist withing the scientific community.

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 (USA, vice-chairperson): Malin is a post-doctoral scientist at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She works on ocean carbon storage across climate states, mainly using intermediate complexity models. Passionate about the ocean, world politics, outdoor activities and her home region in Sweden north of the Artic Circle.

Malin Ödalen

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

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 Multiscale Ocean Dynamics group at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He studies small scale physical processes in the deep ocean, such as turbulence, internal waves, and flow over rough topography. He greatly enjoys going to sea to collect observations but while on land spends most of 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 the sea ice, ocean, atmosphere, and carbon cycle. He received his PhD from ETH Zurich (2016), which was awarded with the ETH Medal and the Prix de Quervain. Currently, Alex is a postdoc 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 Haumann