New Wave of Talent
Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San DiegoScripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego continues to lay the foundation for excellence in research and teaching by expanding its ranks of assistant and associate researchers.
Historically, both tenure track professors and researchers have comprised Scripps faculty. While tenure track professors focus on teaching in addition to research, researchers are solely committed to studying ocean, Earth, atmosphere, and associated ecosystems and serving as advisors to graduate students. This balance helps Scripps maintain a robust research portfolio while also promoting a strong educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students.
A recent recruitment effort at Scripps resulted in several new hires at the assistant and associate researcher levels, all of whom show promise in their ability to establish externally funded, independent research programs at Scripps – a prerequisite to obtaining one of these positions.
“Several of today’s most prominent Scripps scientists and professors began their tenure as students, postdocs, or assistant researchers at Scripps,” said Scripps Acting Director Cathy Constable. “It’s a testament to the quality of this institution that so many have stayed, thrived, and built distinguished academic careers from their Scripps roots.”
New Assistant Researcher Ana Sirovic is on a path to do just that. After graduating from Scripps with a Ph.D. in 2006 and most recently serving as an assistant professor at Alaska Pacific University, Ana is happy to find herself back at her alma mater as she starts her research career.
“While you are at Scripps, it's easy to take for granted the great resources that are available here, both in terms of the people, with experts in all areas of oceanography just down the hall, and the actual physical resources ashore and at sea,” she said. “The years I spent away made me realize just how unique Scripps is. There are research and collaboration possibilities lurking everywhere and I am very happy to be back, especially after a few cold winters in Alaska, to take advantage of the potential that Scripps offers its researchers.”
Scripps is pleased to welcome these talented scientists whose leading ocean, Earth, and climate research will play an important role in shaping the institution’s second century of discovery.
-- Shannon Casey