Earle Wilson

Postdoctoral Scholar


About me

I am a postdoctoral scholar working with Professor Andy Thompson in the department of Environmental Science and Engineering at Caltech. I recently completed my PhD at the University of Washington, School of Oceanography, where I was advised by Professor Stephen Riser.

I am generally in research problems relating to polar oceanography, ice-ocean interactions, high-latitude climate change, and the global ocean overturning circulation. My current postdoctoral work is focused on understanding the dynamics of subpolar gyres in the Southern Ocean and their coupling to the regional overturning circulation. To tackle these and other research problems, I use a wide array of observational and numerical tools, ranging from Argo profiling floats to general circulation models of the ocean.

Recent Projects

Subpolar gyres

The dynamics of subpolar gyres in the Southern Ocean.

SIE and SST variability in the Southern Ocean

Drivers of recent changes in sea ice extent (SIE) and sea surface temperature (SST) variability in the Southern Ocean

The Maud Rise Polynya

The recurrence of the Maud Rise polynya

Subglacial plume liftoff

The dynamics of a subglacial salt wedge

Ice Ocean Feedbacks

Wintertime feedbacks between sea ice and the upper ocean in the Southern Ocean


I am currently a science communication fellow at the Seattle Pacific Science Center. I have designed and presented multiple planetarium shows that showcase observational field work in the Southern Ocean.

In 2016, I participated in the six-week long I08S GO SHIP cruise. In coordination with the SOCCOM project, I maintained a regular blog and took questions from a class of six graders at Lakeside Middle School in Seattle.


The best way to reach me is via email.