Exploring the upper ocean

Tandon Laboratory at UMass Dartmouth

Month: April 2023

Two undergraduate students from Tandon lab participate in MassURC

Senior year undergraduate students, Nicholas Monroe and Viktoriya Balabanova, presented their respective research topics at recently concluded Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference (MassURC)  on April 28, 2023. This annual conference is organized by UMass Amherst.
Nicholas, along with Sid and Prof. Tandon,  presented his work on “Biases in the modeled air-sea interaction during 2017-18 in the Arabian Sea” and his talk can be accessed here.  On the other hand, Viktoriya talked about “Validating Geostrophic Balances in the North Atlantic Ocean”, which was co-authored with Sid, Dr. Farrar and Prof. Tandon. Her talk can be viewed here.

Congratulations Nicholas and Viktoriya!

Nicholas presenting his work at MassURC

Viktoriya presenting her work at MassURC

Tandon lab member presents an invited talk at EGU 2023 Meeting

Siddhant (Sid) Kerhalkar, a fourth year PhD candidate, recently participated and presented an invited talk on his research at the European Geophysical Union (EGU) 2023 Meeting in Vienna during April 23-28, 2023.  Sid utilized the hybrid format of the meeting and presented remotely on  “Observing and Modeling the variability of DWLs during the summer Monsoon in the Northern Indian Ocean” in the Ocean surface mixed layer session. This session was well attended both in-person as well as remotely.

Sid’s participation was supported by Graduate Studies Office, UMassD. Congratulations Sid!

A screenshot of Sid’s title slide

Interview from Former Fulbright Scholar visiting Tandon lab

United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), which is responsible for Fulbright fellowships, recently interviewed Dr.Shikha Singh to share her experiences while visiting the Tandon lab as a Fulbright-Kalam Climate scholar during 2019-20. The full interview can be watched here.

Congatulations Dr. Shikha Singh!

Filipe Pereira: Successfully Defended Ph.D. Thesis and Prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship!

We are thrilled to share the wonderful news that the Ph.D. thesis defense of Filipe Pereira was successfully conducted on April 14th 2023.

Thesis Title: Physical-biological interactions in the Brazil Current meanders

Filipe is part of the University of São Paulo – UMass Dartmouth dual-degree program and displayed remarkable dedication throughout his research journey, leading to cutting-edge findings and enriching the scientific community. His tireless efforts and commitment to excellence have paved the way for new insights into the physics of the evolution of the quasi-stationary meanders of Brazil Current and its biological implications to local plankton community. Additionally, the dataset and analysis show that while the phytoplankton in mixed layer is influenced by the smaller processes at the edge of the large mesoscale eddy, at the pycnocline the plankton dynamics is dominated by the eddy pumping.

Stay updated on Filipe’s research by following their profile on ResearchGate!”

The defense was conducted under the guidance of a distinguished committee, whose expertise and guidance were instrumental in shaping and refining Filipe’s research. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the following committee members:

– Prof. Ilson Silveira (USP Advisor)
– Prof. Amit Tandon (UMD Advisor)
– Prof. Áurea Ciotti (USP)
– Prof. Geoffrey Cowles (UMD)
– Prof. Peter Franks (UCSD)

The now Dr. Filipe Pereira has been awarded the highly prestigious University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship (PPFP), recognizing his outstanding accomplishments and commitment to fostering a more diverse and equitable academic community. This esteemed program, with an impressive track record of success, has seen over 100 former fellows receive faculty appointments at various UC campuses, contributing to the ongoing diversification of the academic community within the University of California. He is going to work with Jen MacKinnon and Drew Lucas on understanding the role of the biology in the ocean optics during harmful algal blooms. Congratulations to Filipe on this remarkable and well-deserved honor!

Patrick featured on the UMassD feature story

Patrick was recently featured in the Feature stories section of UMassD. Find more about his non-tradiational student life and his research in the article here.

Congratulations Patrick!

Undergraduate students from Tandon Lab present at Sigma Xi exhibit, UMassD

Tandon lab was represented by two undergraduate students in the 27th annual Sigma Xi research exhibit held at Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth in April 2023.

Nicholas Monroe presented a poster on “Biases in the modeled air-sea interaction during 2017-18 in the Arabian Sea”.  On the other hand, Viktoriya Balabanova presented about “Validating Geostrophic Balances in the North Atlantic Ocean”.  These posters were received well and accoladed by the judges and experts present there.

Congratulations Nicholas and Viktoriya!

(From L-R) Prof. Tandon, Viktoriya and Sid with Viktoriya’s poster

(From L-R) Nicholas, Sid and Prof. Tandon with Nicholas’ poster

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