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 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, 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 range of observational datasets, analytical methods, and numerical tools.

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 ice-ocean feedbacks in the Southern Ocean


While in graduate school, I was a science communication fellow at the Seattle Pacific Science Center. Through this program, I participated in a science communication training course and designed a planetarium show that showcases fieldwork in the Southern Ocean.

gyre schematic.

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.