BAS Honorary Researcher
Alex Haumann is an environmental scientist studying the polar climate of the Southern Ocean and the interaction between the sea ice, ocean, atmosphere, and carbon cycle. He received his B.Sc. in Geosciences at University of Basel (2009) and his M.Sc. in Physics and Climate Science (Cum Laude) at Utrecht University (2011). In 2016, Alex received his PhD (Dr.Sc.) from ETH Zurich for his thesis work on the Southern Ocean response to recent changes in surface freshwater fluxes, which was awarded with the ETH Medal and the Prix de Quervain.
Currently, Alex works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Swiss National Science Foundation) based at the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program at Princeton University. He studies the impact of changing freshwater fluxes and ocean stratification on the ability of the Southern Ocean to take up and release carbon-dioxide and heat. He collaborates internationally in both the ORCHESTRA and SOCCOM projects and participated in the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition. As part of his postdoc fellowship, he was visiting the British Antarctic Survey in 2017 to work with Prof. Michael Meredith and the Polar Oceans team and to establish a long-lasting collaboration to better understand the role of the freshwater cycle in Southern Ocean climatic changes.