Research Interests

  • Data Science 
  • Remote Sensing 
  • Remote Sensing and Satellite Oceanography 
  • Ocean Optics 
  • Phytoplankton Ecology 
  • Polar Ecology 
  • Coastal Ecology 
  • Cryosphere and Polar Science 
  • Antarctica 
  • Southern Ocean and High-Latitude Climate Studies 


  • Earth & Environmental Sciences, Bachelor of Science, University of California Irvine (2013) 
  • Marine Biology, Master of Science, Scripps Institution of Oceanograhy/UCSD (2016) 
  • Oceanography Ph.D. Candidate, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (2017) 


Jack is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO, UCSD). Prior to enrolling at SIO, he attended UC Irvine and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Earth & Environmental Sciences with a minor in Global Sustainability in 2013. Between 2012 and 2014, Jack worked as a consultant at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and served as a team lead to drive the development of two satellite remote sensing projects on coastal ocean monitoring. He received his Master’s Degree in Marine Biology from SIO in 2016. As a polar oceanographer, Jack has participated in numerous expeditions to Antarctica and local research deployments; in 2016, he received his Congressional/DoD Antarctica Service Medal for his instrumentation work and sampling in extreme environments. Jack is also an avid traveler and photographer ( Jack is also on Twitter @byjpan. For more information, please go to: