Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environment and Society
Chelsea is broadly interested in ocean-atmosphere interactions. She received her BSc in Physical Geography from the University of Bristol, U.K. in 2010 where she focused on climate change and ocean acidification over reef environments. She is now a postdoc working with Professor Amanda Lynch. Her dissertation research explored the complex relationship between tropical cyclones and the coral reef ecosystems of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia in a changing climate. Chelsea uses remote sensing techniques to estimate damage to the reef area after tropical storms, and regional, numerical weather modeling to understand tropical cyclone dynamics in the region. She uses these interdisciplinary tools and analyses to predict changes to event intensity and trajectory with climate change and thus future consequences to the reef ecosystems.