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Baylor Fox-Kemper

Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences:
Geological Sciences
Phone: +1 401 863 3979

Physics of the ocean and its role in past, present, and future climate.


Before getting my doctorate in physical oceanography from the MIT/Woods Hole Joint Program, I studied physics at Reed College and Brandeis University. I have worked on ocean dynamics and climate modeling at MIT, Princeton, and the University of Colorado. I joined the Brown Geological Sciences Department in January, 2013.


I study the physics of the ocean and its role in past, present, and future climate. I use models that range from the global scale to focused process models that apply universally. I also use remote observations, such as satellites and autonomous buoys and moorings. I seek mathematically interesting problems with practical uses.

The products produced are parameterizations, diagnostics, and toy models. That is, after study of complex processes in dedicated and computationally expensive models, simple but accurate approximations and crucial measurements are identified. Sometimes the goal is to improve the community climate models, and sometimes the goal is to aid understanding with a toy model that mimics the complex system.


National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2014-2019
American Geophysical Union Ocean Sciences Early Career Award, 2011
NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2003-2005
Outstanding Student Presenter Award, American Meteorological Society 14th Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics, 2003
MIT Presidential Fellowship, 2001
Brandeis University Gillette Fellowship, 1997


Member of the American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union, American Mathematical Society, Sigma Xi, and Phi Beta Kappa


I teach a number of undergraduate and graduate courses on climate and oceanography, as well as graduate seminars on how to teach climate and do research.

Present Post-docs and visitors
Scott Reckinger (2013--)
Nobuhiro Suzuki (2013--)

Present graduate students:
Qing Li (2013--)
Sean Haney (2011--)
Katherine McCaffrey (2010--)

Present undergraduate students:
Mika Siegelman (Physics S.B. Thesis, 2013-2014)
Rachel Gottlieb (UTRA, 2013)
Eugene Robinson (UTRA, 2013)
Erica Thieleman (UTRA, 2013)

Former PhD students:
Adrean Webb, 2013
Stephen Yeager, 2013
Scott Bachman, 2013
Samantha Stevenson, 2011

Former undergraduate & master's students
Ana Ordonez, 2012
Andrew Margolin, 2012
Bradley Cooper, 2011
Stephanie Kupper, 2011
Erik Baldwin-Stevens, MA 2010
Aaron Zettler-Mann, 2010
Theodore Jamieson, 2009

Former Post-docs and Visitors
Ralph Milliff, 2012-2013
Mark Hemer, 2012
Peter Hamlington, 2011
Francis Poulin, 2011
Luke Van Roekel, 2010

Funded Research

2014-2019, NSF Division of Ocean Sciences. B. Fox-Kemper: CAREER: Ready to Resolve: Subgridscale Physics for Mesoscale Ocean Large Eddy Simulations, $594k.

2013-2016, NSF Division of Ocean Sciences. Hamlington, P. E., B. Fox-Kemper, and N. S. Lovenduski: Reacting Tracers in a Turbulent Mixed Layer, $672k.

2012-2015, NSF Directorate for Geosciences and the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Weiss, J. B., B. Fox-Kemper, and R. K. Zia: INSPIRE: Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics of Natural Climate Variability: Sea-Surface Temperature and Ocean Heat Content, $709k.

2009-2013 NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences and Division of Ocean Sciences Collaboration in Mathematical Geosciences. Chini, G., E. D'Asaro, R. Harcourt, B. Fox-Kemper, and K. Julien: Multiscale Modeling of the Coupling between Langmuir Turbulence and Submesoscale Variability in the Oceanic Mixed Layer, $1.4M.

2009-2013 NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences. Fox-Kemper, B., K. Julien, G. Chini, and E. Knobloch: Langmuir Circulations: Observing and Modeling on a Global Scale, $774k.

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Curriculum Vitae

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