Professor Jennifer MacKinnon

           
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Dr. MacKinnon is a seagoing physical oceanographer and part of the Multiscale Ocean Dynamics group at SIO/UCSD. She studies small-scale dynamical processes in the ocean, primarily internal waves, turbulence, sub-mesoscale instabilities, and their often complex interplay.  Part of her work involves going to sea to observe these processes, using the ocean as a natural laboratory.   Simultaneously, she working with collaborators to turn this dynamical understanding into better parameterizations of small-scale processes to improve global climate models. 

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