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James J O’Brien
professor of meteorology and oceanography at the Centre for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies at Florida State University in Tallahassee


I studied chemistry at Rutgers University in New Jersey, but by my senior year was not interested in being a research chemist. I was in the US Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. They decided that I would be a meteorologist, and sent me to the University of Texas in Austin, where I fell in love with the atmosphere. After the Air Force, I went to Texas A&M University to get a PhD.

After two years at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, I went to Florida State University in Tallahassee. During the first 25 years of my career, I invented new ocean models to understand coastal upwelling and El Niño temperature fluctuations. Recently, I have been studying the impacts of climate variability on the USA due to ocean variability.

Why do I do science? Because there is so much to learn.

See James O’Brien‘s website.