We are delighted to welcome Moninya Roughan as Chief Scientist at MetOcean Solutions. Moninya is currently Associate Professor and Group Leader of the Coastal and Regional Oceanography Lab at the University of New South Wales. She will transition to the Chief Scientist role over the next 6 months, and focus on science leadership at MetOcean Solutions. Moninya will retain strong linkages with UNSW in the School of Mathematics and Statistics.
As a physical oceanographer specialising in coastal and shelf processes, her research focuses on improving dynamical understanding of coastal ocean circulation. She has substantial experience using a combination of ocean observations and numerical models, and has authored over 50 publications including peer-reviewed journal papers, book chapters, international conference papers, consultancy and technical reports. Moninya gained her PhD in Physical Oceanography from UNSW Australia (2002), and spent 4 years at Scripps Institution of Oceanography as a postdoctoral scholar (2002-2006). Over the past 10 years, she has led the design, deployment and ongoing development of one of the most comprehensive ocean observing systems in the southern hemisphere. Focussed on the East Australian Current, which flows downstream to New Zealand, Moninya and her IMOS team have deployed a network of moorings, HF radar, autonomous ocean gliders and floats along the coast of southeastern Australia to investigate the impact of the current on the continental shelf circulation along Australia’s most populous coastline. At UNSW, Prof Roughan leads a team of PhD students, postdocs and field technicians doing active research. Together they successfully completed over 100 mooring deployments and more than 20 autonomous glider missions. She has conducted fieldwork from Antarctica to Torres Strait, spending more than 100 days at sea on large and small research vessels.
"The New Zealand ocean science community will benefit greatly from the wealth of knowledge and experience that Moninya brings," says Dr Peter McComb, the Managing Director of MetOcean Solutions. “We look forward to an exciting new chapter for operational oceanography in the South Pacific."