1st Class Joint Honours B.Sc. Marine Biology and Physical Oceanography, University of Wales, Bangor, UK (2003);
PhD in Applied Mathematics, specializing in oceanography and climate modeling, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (2008)
Caroline Ummenhofer held a Vice-Chancellor Postdoctoral Fellowship at UNSW (2009-2012) and was a Visiting Fellow with CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in Hobart, Australia. Since 2012, she holds a faculty position in the Physical Oceanography Department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, USA. Her research interests include interannual to decadal climate variability, the hydrological cycle, monsoon dynamics, ocean-atmosphere interactions, droughts, extratropical climate, hydroclimate paleo reconstructions of the last millennium, and the effects of climate variability and change on agriculture. In particular, her research focuses on Indian Ocean dynamics, its variability and role for regional rainfall variations and droughts in the surrounding countries, spanning from seasonal to decadal timescales.