Katherine Hutchinson

PhD Candidate, South African Environmental Observations Network, and Department of Oceanography UCT, University of Cape Town

I am a physical oceanographer with a passion for understanding the driving forces of ocean circulation and how the ocean-atmosphere system is responding to climate change. The sea is vital to our planet, covering over 70% of our Earth's surface, it provides us with valuable natural resources in addition to moderating our climate. Yet despite its importance, very little is known about this life-giving body of water, and what is known is poorly communicated to humanity. This is what I want to change. I want to share my knowledge and enthusiasm with others, and in doing so I hope to inspire people to conserve this vital resource. I love the physics of the ocean; the dynamics of how the ocean works is absolutely fascinating.

I am a final year PhD student in physical oceanography at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and my project is a collaboration between UCT (www.uct.ac.za), the South African Environmental Observations Network (SAEON; www.saeon.ac.za), the University of Miami and l'Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (IUEM).


  • –present
    PhD Candidate in the Department of Oceanography, University of Cape Town