BSc Physics, Australian National University (2010). PhD Physical Oceanography, Stanford University. (2016)


Ryan is interested in the physical circulation of the equatorial oceans and how processes on relatively short timescales (months to seconds), such as mesoscale and sub-mesoscale eddies, internal gravity waves and small-scale turbulence, can influence the seasonal, inter-annual and decadal variability of the tropics. Small-scale vertical and lateral mixing are important factors in the temperature and kinetic energy budgets of the equatorial circulation and influence how heat and other tracers are transferred through the surface ocean and stored in the deep ocean. Small-scale processes in the equatorial oceans also influence phenomena such as equatorial Kelvin waves and coupled modes of variability such as the El Niño - Southern Oscillation (ENSO). ​Ryan uses a range of idealised and realistic ocean models combined with analysis of satellite and in-situ oceanographic data to better understand how these multi-scale processes interact. See Ryan's personal website with research interests, CV and publications here.