Luisa Cristini

I have a M.Sc. degree in physics from the University of Padua in Italy (2006). For my thesis I carried out research in coastal oceanography investigating sediment fluxes in the estuary of the Portuguese river Tagus with a numerical model, working at the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, for about a year.

Afterwards I moved to Germany where I worked on my Ph.D. in climate sciences at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven researching the causes of the Antarctic glaciation in the Cenozoic with a coupled ocean-atmosphere-ice sheet model. I received my doctoral degree from the University of Bremen in 2010 and started right away a post-doc at the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg focusing on ocean-atmosphere-Greenland ice sheet interactions under future climate scenarios.

In early 2011 I moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, and became involved in several activities first within the NOAA Seagrant College Program and then at the College of Social Sciences, both at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I mostly researched into climate change impacts in Hawaii and the Pacific region with focus on climate-related natural hazards and looking into consequences for coastal communities and economies. I engaged in several activities (e.g., building a multidisciplinary network for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in Asia-Pacific) and committees (e.g., producing an Ocean Resources Management Plan with the State of Hawaii’s Department of Planning), which gave me the opportunity to work with a wide variety of people from different sectors, such as academia, industry, government and NGO’s.
In summer 2013 I moved to the UK and started my current post as project manager at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton where I oversee and facilitate the daily running of research projects and (hopefully!) provide an opportunity for scientists and industry to collaborate in a constructive way. I manage the EU-funded international project FixO3 on operational oceanography and am involved in several other projects and activities.

I am Early Career Network Coordinator for the Challenger Society for Marine Sciences and within this role I help students and post-docs (and whoever feels an early career scientist!) to link with each other and with other networks as well as with senior scientists who can help them progress in their career.

Latest News

Early online Ocean Challenge articles

Three articles from the first 2017 volume of Ocean Challenge have been published early online.

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Challenger President Marches for Science

On International Earth Day (22nd April) our President Prof. Rachel Mills joined 100s of 1000's of people around the globe to March for Science.

Rachel Mills marching

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Registration open for Ocean Modelling SIG September 2017

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2017 Challenger Society Ocean Modelling meeting is now open.The meeting will be held 11-12th September 2017 at the Met Office, Exeter.

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