Sarah N Giddings, Assistant Professor

Dr. Giddings started as an Assistant Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in January 2014 in the Integrated Oceanography Division. She is currently building her Environmental Fluids and Coastal Oceanography Laboratory establishing research projects locally in Southern CA and building a research team. Additional information on Dr. Giddings including a current CV, publicationseducation & training, and teaching & outreach experience can be found here. A fun interview and video highlighting the Giddings’ lab work was published by SIO in early 2016!


Gilroy_230x280Angelica Rodriguez, PhD candidate

Angelica is a graduate student studying physical oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In 2013 she received a B.S. degree from the University of California San Diego in Physics with Specialization in Earth Science and a minor in Environmental Systems. Angelica is interested in applying her knowledge of the physical laws that govern the natural world to scientific problems with societal relevance. Broadly, she is interested in the interaction between estuaries, particularly low inflow  estuaries such as San Diego (SD) Bay and the Tijuana River Estuary, and the coastal ocean.  Currently, her attention is focused on identifying the impacts of wave-current interactions on small scale buoyant coastal outflows and shoal-channel exchange in SD Bay.


Harvey_230x280Madeleine Harvey, PhD candidate

Maddie is a graduate student in the Integrative Oceanography Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She received a Bachelor of Science from Brown University in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2012. As an avid sailor growing up, her love of the ocean developed at a young age and grew into a desire to study ocean and coastal processes in order to work to devise solutions to the problems facing our oceans and estuaries today. Maddie is interested in using field observations to better understand coastal and estuarine dynamics. Specifically, she plans to research how sediment transport in the surf zone and rivers can impact the morphology and closure of the mouth of an estuary and how the mouth morphology affects physical, chemical, and biological processes within the estuary.


IsabellaArzenoIsabella Arzeno, PhD student

Isabella is a graduate student studying physical oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, co-advised by Dr. Sarah Giddings and Dr. Geno Pawlak. She received a Bachelor of Science in Earth Systems and a Masters of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, both from Stanford University. She is now using observations to study turbulent boundary layer dynamics over rough topography. She is also the lead graduate student on the SLOMO project studying flow around the island nation of the Seychelles. Having grown up in Puerto Rico, Isabella is also consistently engaged in educational outreach to Hispanic communities.


Jacqueline McSweeney, Postdoctoral Researcher

Jack is a Postdoctoral Researcher working with Dr. Giddings and Dr. Feddersen on the CSIDE project. She received her PhD at Rutgers University studying sediment dynamics in the Delaware Estuary. She is now working on building a realistic model of the San Diego Bight region in order to investigate the coupling between estuaries, the surfzone, and the inner-shelf.




Undergraduate researchers

Heitor Schueroff de Souza – UCSD computer science & cognitive science
Heitor is an undergraduate researcher working on expanding upon the model visualization tool, FlowWeaver, originally developed by Neil Banas.






former undergraduate researchers

Mia Gonzalez – UCSD electrical engineering

Abhishek Kumar – UCSD computer science & cognitive science
Corey Shono – UCSD chemistry department, graduated Spring 2016