Susan Hautala

Associate Professor
School of Oceanography
University of Washington

I study ocean circulation systems with length scales of thousands of kilometers, with a partial specialization in the abyssal zone. I am particularly interested in the impact of processes that affect the density of the ocean’s waters. These processes are connected to global climate through the ocean’s heat/freshwater input and transport systems. Particular areas of focus have included the impact of hydrothermal vents on the deep ocean, pathways from the Pacific to Indian Oceans through Indonesia, and processes throughout the water column in waters north and east of Hawaii and the Emperor Seamount Chain. My work is primarily observational in nature, although I enjoy close collaborations with numerical modelers and scientists from other disciplines. Here are more details on a few key projects, a list of publications, and a list of classes that I teach.