Spencer Jones

Spencer Jones

Visiting Assistant Professor

Physical Oceanography: Ocean Transport, Meridional Overturning Circulation, Eddies, Isopycnal Mixing, Vertical Mixing, Last Glacial Maximum

  spencerjones@tamu.edu

  Eller O&M 618D

Research

I am seeking motivated and thoughtful undergraduates and graduate students to join my group in 2022. I recommend that graduate students have taken Calculus 3 (Vector Calculus). Motivation and enjoyment of looking at the earth system from a mathematical perspective is much more important than perfect grades or prestigious educational background. If you think you might be interested, please email your CV to spencerjones@tamu.edu.

Jones is a Physical Oceanographer whose research focusses on ocean dynamics, and explores how the ocean transports heat and other tracers around the globe. He uses a combination of theory, ocean models and scalable analysis tools in python. Much of Jones’ work investigates the strength, geometry and variability of the Meridional Overturning Circulation (sometimes called the “conveyor belt” circulation), which transports heat from the surface of the tropical Pacific into the Atlantic basin, where it moves heat northward.

Selected Publications

C. S. Jones and R. P. Abernathey. Modeling Water-Mass Distributions in the Modern and LGM Ocean: Circulation Change and Isopycnal and Diapycnal Mixing. Journal of Physical Oceanography 51 (5),1523-1538, doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-20-0204.1

C. S. Jones and R. P. Abernathey. Isopycnal Mixing Controls Deep Ocean Ventilation. Geophysical Research Letters 46 (22) 13144-13151, doi: 10.1029/2019GL085208

C. S. Jones and P. Cessi. Components of Upper-Ocean Salt Transport by the Gyres and the Meridional Overturning Circulation. Journal of Physical Oceanography 48 (10) 2445-2456, doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-18-0005.1

Cessi and C. S. Jones. Warm-route versus Cold-route Interbasin Exchange in the Meridional Overturning Circulation. Journal of Physical Oceanography 47 (8) 1981-1997, doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-16-0249.1

C. S. Jones and P. Cessi. Another Reason Why the Atlantic Is Saltier than the Pacific. Journal of Physical Oceanography 47 (11) 2843-2859, doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-17-0075.1

C. S. Jones and P. Cessi. Interbasin Transport of the Meridional Overturning Circulation. Journal of Physical Oceanography 46 (4) 1157-1169, doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-15-0197.1

Education

PhD. Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2018

MPhys. Physics, University of Oxford, 2011

Awards

2018-2020 Lamont Postdoctoral Fellowship

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