Former Busalacchi-advised PhD student awarded fellowship

University of Maryland alumni and associate scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanic Institute, Dr. Kristopher Karnauskas, was recently awarded a two-year, $50,000 fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Sloan, a non-profit grantmaking institution, awarded 126 fellowships in 2014 to early career scientists of “outstanding promise.” The fellowship enables recipiants to continue their work in science, math, economics, and computer science.

The former PhD student advised by ESSIC Director, Professor Antonio Busalacchi, is one of four Maryland faculty and alumni to receive a 2014 fellowship. Karnauskas received his doctorate in atmospheric and oceanic sciences in 2007.

Karnauskas is currently researching the dynamics of tropical ocean and atmosphere and their interactions with ecosystems and high latitude regions, as well as how and why this climate system has changed in the past and will change in the future.

“This is a really exciting time to be studying the ocean and its role in the climate system,” Karnauskas said. “There are such vast amounts of observational data being collected and powerful computers running models. The Sloan Fellowship will provide the flexibility to think as broadly as I possibly can.”