Oliver Sun

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Dr. Oliver Sun is an oceanographer at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Rhode Island. His research focuses on oceanic turbulence and internal waves, and how these small-scale processes are influenced by, and in turn influence, the large-scale circulation of the oceans. He has participated in numerous research cruises and in development and field testing for several innovative instrument systems such as acoustic Doppler sonars and turbulence-measuring autonomous gliders.

Oliver received his doctorate in physical oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. He subsequently did his postdoctoral work at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Before becoming an oceanographer, Oliver was a systems administrator and developer for classroom computing labs at Indiana University. When he first learned about the complex currents and tides in San Francisco Bay as part of a sailing class, he immediately realized that he wanted to study the ocean from boats.