Welcome to my website! I am an Associate Research Scholar studying the impact of changing sea ice, freshwater fluxes, and ocean stratification on the ability of the Southern Ocean to take up and release carbon-dioxide and heat. Gaining a robust understanding of these processes and the related uncertainties is directly relevant to constraining future global climate change, allowable carbon-dioxide emissions for a given temperature target, and related sea level rise. This work is currently carried out at Princeton University and the British Antarctic Survey in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Jorge Sarmiento and Prof. Dr. Michael Meredith.
March 2021: New publication by Akhoudas et al. in Scientific Reports on the "Ventilation of the abyss in the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean". epdf.
December 2020: Presenting at the virtual AGU Fall Meeting 2020 on "Supercool Southern Ocean Waters from Sinking Plumes and Ice-Shelf Melting".
December 2020: Presenting at TUM and GEOMAR in seminars on "Changing sea ice in the Southern Ocean and its importance for the global climate system".
November 2020: New publication by Silvano et al. in Nature Geoscience on the "Recent recovery of Antarctic Bottom Water formation in the Ross Sea driven by climate anomalies". Full-access (read only).
October 2020: Presenting at the virtual European Polar Science Week on the "Climatic importance of Southern Ocean salinity: Changes, challenges, and opportunities".
July 2020: Presenting in the NASA GISS Sea Level Rise Seminar Series on "Recent changes in the southern high-latitude freshwater flux balance and their impact on Southern Ocean hydrography". Link
May 2020: New publication by Bracegirdle et al. in Atmospheric Science Letters on the "Twenty first century changes in Antarctic and Southern Ocean surface climate in CMIP6".
May 2020: Join our first ever online EGU2020 Southern Ocean session: Program.
February 2020: Presenting at the "2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting".
December 2019: Giving an invited talk at the AGU Fall Meeting on "A Major Shift in the Southern Ocean Climate System and the Role of Sea Ice".
November 2019: Excited to join the IAPSO ECS committee to help represent early career scientists' interests in the community.
November 2019: Attending the ACE DATA/ASAID workshop.
July 2019: Start of second phase of SNSF funded Postdoc fellowship on "The role of Southern Ocean stratification in future ocean CO2 and heat uptake".
July 2019: Presenting at the 27th IUGG General Assembly 2019 on A major shift in the Southern Ocean surface climate.
July 2019: Presenting at the ORCHESTRA annual meeting at PML in Plymouth.
June 2019: Invited talk at the SCAR AntClim21 workshop on 21st century projections and predictions for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean at British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge.
May 2019: Meeting of the ISSI Team on Antarctic sea ice at the International Space Science Institute in Bern.
May 2019: Presenting at the SOCCOM annual meeting at Princeton University.
March 2019: New publication by Hasenfratz et al. in Science on the "The residence time of Southern Ocean surface waters and the 100,000-year ice age cycle".
March 2019: I am excited to join the BAS Honorary Researcher scheme.
Dec. 2018: Presenting at the AGU Fall Meeting 2018 on A Previously Unrecorded Anomaly in the Southern Ocean Climate System.
Dec. 2018: Visiting McGill and presenting at the departemental seminar on Sea-ice induced Southern Ocean surface cooling in a warming climate.
Nov. 2018: New publication by Nissen et al. in Biogeosciences on the "Factors controlling coccolithophore biogeography in the Southern Ocean".
Nov. 2018: Presenting at the ESA Ocean Salinity Science Conference on Southern Ocean freshwater sources inferred from oxygen isotope data.
June 2018: Awarded the Prix de Quervain for my doctoral thesis (link to thesis). Thank you Nicolas Gruber, Matthias Münnich, ETH Zurich, and the Swiss Committee on Polar and High Altitude Research!
June 2018: Meeting of the ISSI Team on Antarctic sea ice at the International Space Science Institute in Bern.
June 2018: Presenting at POLAR2018 on Southern Ocean freshwater sources inferred from oxygen isotope data. Thanks to NSF for the travel support.
April 2018: Talking about the role of the Southern Ocean in the climate system at the Carbon Mitigation Initiative’s 17th Annual Meeting.
April 2018: Check-out our Southern Ocean session at EGU 2018.
March 2018: New publication by Schlosser et al. in The Cryosphere on the "Atmospheric influences on the anomalous 2016 Antarctic sea ice decay".
Feb. 2018: Presenting at OSM 2018 on Sea-ice induced changes in Southern Ocean hydrography.
Oct. 2017: Start of new SNSF funded Postdoc fellowship on "The role of Southern Ocean stratification in future ocean CO2 and heat uptake".
Sept. 2017: Visiting Bern University (CEP). Seminar on "Southern Ocean response to recent changes in surface freshwater fluxes".
May 2017: Visiting Princeton University and GFDL/NOAA. Seminar on "Southern Ocean response to recent changes in surface freshwater fluxes".
Apr. 2017: Presenting at EGU 2017 on why the Southern Ocean has been cooling over recent decades.
Feb.-Mar. 2017: Participating in ACE expedition.
Nov. 2016: PhD defense on the "Southern Ocean response to recent changes in surface freshwater fluxes".
Feb. 2016: Presenting at OSM 2016 on "Strengthening of the Southern Ocean Carbon Sink through Recent Changes in Freshwater Forcing".
Jan. 2016: Seminar at Alfred Wegener Institute on "Causes and effects of recent changes in Southern Ocean ice-ocean freshwater fluxes".
Jan. 2016: Presenting at the workshop on "Antarctic Sea Ice Variability in the Southern Climate-Ocean System".
Sept. 2015: New publication in Science on the "The reinvigoration of the Southern Ocean carbon sink".
June 2015: Presentation at IUGG 2015 on "Cryospheric drivers of changes in Southern Ocean stratification and carbon uptake".
April 2015: Seminar at British Antarctic Survey on "Causes and effects of recent changes in Antarctic sea-ice transport".
Dec. 2014: New publication in GRL on the "Anthropogenic influence on recent circulation-driven Antarctic sea-ice changes".
Setting the Southern Ocean in motion: An illustration of the surface currents in the Southern Ocean with the high-resolution ocean model ROMS at 1/8° horizontal resolution. Credit: F. Alexander Haumann, ETH Zurich.
Air-sea difference in pCO2 over the Southern Ocean: A strong oversaturation is visible in winter along the sea-ice edge (grey) when deep carbon-rich waters mix into the surface layer. Blue: undersaturation of the surface ocean with respect to the atmosphere; red: oversaturation. Data stems from the regional ocean model ROMS-BEC that is forced with a climatological surface forcing between 1979 and 2013. Credit: F. Alexander Haumann, ETH Zurich.
Seasonal cycle of the Southern Ocean sea surface salinity: Along the sea-ice edge (grey) a strong decrease in salinity occurs seasonally when the ice melts. Blue: salinity below 34.5 g/kg; red: above 34.5 g/kg. Data stems from the regional ocean model ROMS that is forced with a climatological surface forcing between 1979 and 2013. Credit: F. Alexander Haumann, ETH Zurich.