Assistant Professor at University of Colorado Boulder
Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Email: donata.giglio at colorado.edu
Phone: +1 303-735-4354
I am currently an Assistant Professor at University of Colorado Boulder, working on ocean and climate dynamics.
I was a postdoctoral Scholar at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (University of California San Diego), where I worked with Prof. Sarah T. Gille, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, at the University of Washington, where I worked with Dr. Gregory Johnson.
I received my Ph.D from the Climate, Atmospheric Science and Physical Oceanography (CASPO) Division at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of California San Diego (UCSD).
My Ph.D. advisor is Prof. Dean Roemmich and I also collaborate with Dr. Bruce Cornuelle and Prof. Sarah Gille. My research interests are mainly focused on large scale ocean dynamics, air-sea interaction and geophysical fluid dynamics.
My PhD dissertation is focused on studying the large-scale variability in wind-driven ocean circulation, based on observational datasets including Argo and satellite altimetry, and viewed in the framework of modern theoretical ideas. As part of my thesis, I have studied the wind-driven interannual variability of the subtropical gyre in the North Pacific, analyzing the extensive subsurface Argo dataset. Also, I have estimated the wind-driven annual cycle in Ekman convergence, and hence in vertical advection at the base of the Ekman layer and compared it with vertical advection estimated from observed isopycnal displacement from Argo profile data. I then investigated the connection between subsurface ocean observations and air-sea interaction, to estimate the global pattern of annual heat and freshwater fluxes at the ocean surface from Argo temperature and salinity. The final chapter of my thesis describes the mean field of the North Pacific subtropical gyre using Argo trajectories and profile data.
I previously obtained B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Universita' Politecnica delle Merche (Italy) in 2005 and 2008.