Dr Nicola Maher
Former PhD student
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Dr Nicola Maher completed her PhD in April 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Matt England and Dr. Alex Sen Gupta. Her PhD research focussed on the role of natural drivers in controlling interdecadal to decadal variations in surface climate. Specifically, she focussed on the role of the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation in driving hiatus periods and upper ocean heat content changes during the recent hiatus. She also investigated the role of volcanic eruptions in reducing surface temperature and whether they could drive a El Niño–Southern Oscillation response.

Nicola previously completed her honours in the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at the Australian National University under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Andy Hogg and Prof. Ross Griffiths. Here, she investigated the effects of changes in westerly wind stress and buoyancy forcing on the Antarctic Circumpolar Current using a rotating tank experiment.

Nicola has now been awarded a Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship and will begin work with Jochem Marotzke at the Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie in Hamburg in November 2016. Here she will investigate the role of external forcing such as volcanoes and anthropogenic greenhouse gas and aerosol emissions in changing the characteristics of internal modes of variability.