DR. Amy Waterhouse


Amy Waterhouse is a physical oceanographer working at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She joined Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2011 as a post-doctoral
researcher, working with Dr. Jennifer MacKinnon as part of the Climate Process Team assembled to further understand global patterns of mixing due to internal waves. Amy received her PhD from the University of Florida in 2010 where she studied coastal physical oceanography. Combining both her pre- and post-doctorate research interests, Amy is interested in untangling how mixing by small-scale processes affects both regional and global patterns of mixing. As a sea-going oceanographer, she has actively participated in field programs ranging from projects off the California coast, the Bay of Bengal, the equatorial Pacific and the Arctic.

Research Interests

  • Internal waves and mixing: how global patterns of diapycnal mixing are associated with internal wave energy sources

  • Submarine canyons: how internal waves energy fluxes are modified by submarine canyons and quantifying the amount of mixing within these canyons

  • Coastal physical oceanography: tidal and residual flows in shallow estuarine environments