David Lindo-Atichati

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Dr. David Lindo-Atichati is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering and Environmental Sciences at the City University of New York (CUNY). He also holds research associate and research mentor positions in the Earth and Planetary Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History, and he has been a guest scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution since 2015. He is an oceanographer trying to understand why coastal currents look the way they do; how they might be changing; and the role they play in the biogeochemistry of the water column, in the past, and in our future. The research tools he uses integrate theory, laboratory experiments, observational big data, deep learning, and numerical models to tackle fundamental yet unresolved questions of oceanography.

Originally from Barcelona, Spain, he became enraptured with the ocean when he spent the weekends of his childhood running with his dad on the Mediterranean shores. He frequently wondered why coastal waters moved the way they do. He received a dual Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Las Palmas in 2012, after having completed doctoral courses and all the research for his doctoral dissertation at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami, from 2009 to 2012. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship also at the University of Miami and he received a postdoctoral award at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 2015.

His intellectual contributions to the field include generating computational tools to detect and track eddies, and to understand how they affect the distribution of larval-fish ecosystems and marine contaminants. The results of his research have been published in journals such as Ocean Modeling, Environmental Science and Technology, and Deep-Sea Research.

"A teacher is a relentless learner" is his motto. Lindo-Atichati is a passionate professor who has received the Award of Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching at CUNY.