French physicist Vera Oerder has recently joined the Millennium Institute of Oceanography (IMO) as a postdoc. Dr. Oerder studied oceanography and climatology at the Pierre et Marie Curie University.
With regard to the reasons for her choice of research in this field, Dr. Oerder explained: “I am from a city near the sea, so I think that had a great influence on my choice of specialization. I first studied pure physics, but we also had science classes relating to the environment. I was interested in the ocean and the atmosphere, and basically in the application of physics to the sea.”
Dr. Oerder will be working on IMO’s first line of research, “Mesoscale Processes”, alongside IMO associate researchers Carmen Morales, Óscar Pizarro and Samuel Hormazábal.
“My idea is to study the interaction of oceanic physics with surface atmospheric conditions at various levels and also to relate this to biogeochemistry, considering the level of the mesoscale, which is IMO’s first line of research. In the end, I will be studying what happens within structures that are 10 or 100 kilometers in size, or smaller,” said Vera.
Thus, IMO adds a new foreign researcher to its team, which is beneficial because she will contribute to the work of her colleagues and they can also share their experiences. “The exchange of young researchers between institutions from different countries is very important because it encourages collaborative work and the establishment of links among scientists," concluded Dr. Oerder.