Portrait of myself, Henri Drake

Research Interests

I am a graduate student working with Raffaele Ferrari in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Joint Program in Physical Oceanography. The goal of my research is to understand the meridional overturning circulation and its role in controlling global climate. I am interested in both the dynamics of the wind-driven upwelling of the upper ocean and the mixing-driven upwelling of the abyssal ocean. I also am interested in how the overturning circulation controls fluxes of heat, carbon, and nutrients between the deep ocean and the surface, with implications for past, present, and future climates.

Trajectories of virtual water parcels in the deep Southern Ocean [Source: Henri Drake]


09/05/2018 - I started a science communication project where I livestream Fortnite, a popular video game, with other climate scientists. We're on Youtube and Twitch. Gizmodo and Wired covered the project. CBC Radio also interviewed me for a story.

08/30/2018 - I wrote a blog post about Male Allyship of Women in Science for the Society for Women in Marine Science. There is a lot of work that needs to be done for diversity and inclusion in science.

06/20/2018 - I passed the written exam and oral exam components of my PhD Qualifying Exam! Onwards to PhD candidacy!

02/02/2018 - My first first-author paper, on Lagrangian upwelling timescales in the Southern Ocean, was just published in Geophysical Research Letters!

12/12/2017 - Our new review paper on Lagrangian ocean analysis just came out in Ocean Modelling.

11/15/2017 - I was interviewed by Nature editor Michael White's Forecast, a podcast about climate science and climate scientists, as part of outreach for the 2017 Graduate Climate Conference.

09/29/2017 - My first paper, lead by phenomenal Scripps Insitution of Oceanography graduate student Veronica Tamsitt was published in Nature Communications. The work is summarized at Phys.org.

06/09/2017 - I was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship by the National Science Foundation to study the circulation of the deep ocean for the next three years. Haverford College article.

02/18/2017 - Welcome to my new website!