We are delighted to welcome Dr Julie Jakoboski to MetOcean Solutions. Julie is a physical oceanographer and will be working with the Moana Project team as a data scientist, based in our Raglan Office.
"We are excited for Julie’s arrival as she will be helping us to expand our observational archive, playing a key role in the data assimilation capability development and the Moana Project,” says Dr João Marcos, MetOcean’s Research and Development Science Team Leader.
Her focus is on obtaining ocean observations for the New Zealand region for public use and assimilation into ocean models, both regional and global. She is eager to join the Moana Project and MetOcean teams and apply her experience with observational oceanography data and ocean models to a new region of the world.
“I’m looking forward to working with, and learning from, the wide range of organisations that are connected to and observe the ocean around New Zealand,'' says Julie.
Prior to joining MetOcean, Julie was a doctoral student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography in Woods Hole, MA, USA where she studied the circulation of the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean using autonomous underwater Spray gliders, under advisers Dr Breck Owens, Dr Robert Todd, and Dr Kristopher Karnauskas and as a visiting graduate student with Dr Daniel Rudnick at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Julie joined the Joint Program after working for several years at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on a variety of instruments, ranging from projects that measured winds over the ocean to the composition of the atmosphere of Jupiter. Previously, she earned bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and in Physics at Bucknell University in the United States.
Julie’s passions include doing ocean science, being outside as much as possible, and travelling with her family. She loves to trail run, surf, swim in the sea, play flute in local music groups and can’t wait to explore New Zealand.