I'm a scientist interested in Earth's climate system as a whole. Most of my work is focussed on the oceans, their physics, biology, chemistry and variability on decadal to millennial time scales. I try to understand the causes for today's global deep overturning circulation, how and why it has changed in the past, how it may change in the future due to natural or human influences, how it impacts climate, ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles including isotopes. Click on the PROJECTS link above to find out more about current projects. I develop, improve, analyze, and use numerical (computer) models. The code I develop is available and free for everybody do download and use. Click on the MODELS link above or contact me if you're interested.

Opportunities for Post-Doctoral Research

I'm looking for one or two post-doctoral researchers to work on two projects. The first strives to better understand tides during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM, ~20,000 years ago) and how they affected the deep ocean circulation. For more info on the position click here or contact me. More info on the project is available here. The goal of the second project is to quantitatively understand the ocean's circulation and carbon cycling during the LGM and subsequent deglaciation. More info is available here.

Just Published

  • Schmittner, A. (2016)
    The smoking gun for Atlantic circulation changes
    Science, 353 (6298), 445-446, doi:10.1126/science.aag3156.
  • Schmittner, A., and C. J. Somes (2016)
    Complementary Constraints from Carbon (13C) and Nitrogen (15N) Isotopes on the Efficiency of the Glacial Ocean's Soft-Tissue Biological Pump
    Paleoceanography, 31, doi:10.1002/2015PA002905.