Faculty Detail


Dr. Kara Lavender Law


Research Professor, Oceanography

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Spent a semester at the Duke University Marine Laboratory, 1993

BS in Mathematics from Duke University , 1994

PhD in Oceanography (Physical) from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California , San Diego , 2001

Postdoctoral Scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2001-2003

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2002

Visiting Investigator at Woods Hole Ocenaographic Institution, 2003-present

Oceanography Faculty at SEA, 2003-present

Research interests:
Large-scale and mesoscale ocean circulation; intermediate and deep water formation in the North Atlantic and its role in the meridional overturning circulation; methods of statistical objective analysis; use of subsurface floats as ocean observers.


Lavender, KL, WB Owens and RE Davis, 2005. The mid-depth circulation of the subpolar North Atlantic Ocean as measured by subsurface floats. Deep-Sea Research I, 52, pp. 767−785.

Lilly, JM, Rhines, PB, Schott, F, Lavender, K, Lazier, J, Send, U, D'Asaro, E, 2003. Observations of the Laborador Sea eddy field. Progress in Oceanography, 59, 75-176.

Straneo F, Pickart RS, Lavender K, 2003. Spreading of Labrador sea water: An advective-diffusive study based on Lagrangian data. Deep-Sea Research I, 50, 701-719.

Lavender, KL, Davis , RE, and Owens, WB, 2002. Observations of open-ocean deep convection in the Labrador Sea from subsurface floats. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 32, 511-526.

Lavender, KL, Davis , RE and Owens, WB, 2000. Mid-depth recirculation observed in the interior Labrador and Irminger seas by direct velocity measurements. Nature, 407, 66-69.