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Dr. Johnson and Dr. Purkey prepare to deploy an Argo float in the Indian Ocean.

July 27, 2015

Dr. Sarah Purkey’s doctoral dissertation, “The Abyssal Ocean’s Contributions to the Global Energy and Sea Level Budgets Between the 1990s and 2000s”, was recently chosen to receive the 2015 University of Washington Graduate School’s Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Physical Sciences & Engineering category.  Dr. Purkey started her oceanographic career in 2007 as a UW/JISAO research scientist/engineer working at PMEL.  She was resident at PMEL for her graduate research, advised by PMEL Oceanographer Dr. Gregory C. Johnson in his capacity as an Affiliate Professor with the School of Oceanography, University of Washington.  Dr. Purkey is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

PMEL in the News

July 27, 2015

It’s no secret that the ocean is a vast space. Comprising over 90 percent of the Earth’s habitable space, it seems impossible that humans could have a serious impact on this massive environment teeming with life. 

July 23, 2015

Officials who oversee water supplies, agriculture and fish don’t have to exaggerate to convey the grim conditions facing Washington as a result of a prolonged drought.