Sujata Annavarapu MURTY

My research involves reconstructing climate variability over the past several hundred years using coral archives and proxies. Currently, I am focusing on reconstructing sea surface temperature (SST), terrestrial runoff, and sea surface salinity (SSS) using Sr/Ca, Ba/Ca and stable oxygen isotopes as proxies, respectively. I may also examine changes in ocean circulation in certain regions using Δ14C. Using this wealth of proxies, I hope to study variability in larger climate systems, such as the Southeast Asian monsoons and the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), which has global impacts. Changes in such systems influence local economies and populations including agriculture, fisheries, and tourism by impacting storm frequency, sea level rise, and rainfall patterns. By improving our understanding of past changes, we can provide more insight into changes that may happen in the future.

  • 2012 B.A., Biology and highest honors in Geology, Oberlin College, USA.

Thesis title: Centennial-scaleclimate variability from spatial SST gradients in Red Sea corals.

Advisors: Dennis Hubbard (Oberlin) and Konrad Hughen (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

  • 2011 Sea Education Association, Class C-233, Woods Hole, MA, USA.
  • 2009 Cornell University, Shoals Marine Laboratory, Appledore Island, ME, USA.
Honours and Awards:
  • Singapore International Graduate Award, A*STAR
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholar
  • Member of Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa