Dr Michael Bates
Former PhD student
Field of Research: 
A dynamic, embedded Lagrangian model for ocean climate models
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Dr Michael Bates completed his PhD in 2011 under the supervision of Prof. Matthew England and Prof. Stephen Griffies. His PhD research focused on the dynamics of the ocean and the representation of these dynamics in coarse resolution global scale ocean models, particularly in the subgrid scale representation of open ocean convection and downslope flows. Michael’s PhD thesis involved the development of a novel subgridscale parameterisation for dense overflows and open ocean convection in ocean climate models.

After completing his PhD, Dr Bates took up a postdoctoral position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he developed and implemented (into the MITgcm) a potential vorticity closure and variable diffusivity closure method for mesoscale eddies in coarse resolution ocean models.

Dr Bates joined Griffith University as a Research scientist in the School of Environment in January 2014. His current work at Griffith, in conjunction with the Australian Antarctic Division, involves the development of Antarctic ecosystem and pollutant models to examine the partitioning of persistent organic pollutants in high latitude near shore environments. As well as helping to inform the sampling and monitoring efforts of programs like the Southern Ocean Persistent Organic Pollutant Program, this work will help us understand how these toxic pollutants accumulate in Antarctic food webs.