CSIRO welcomes its 2011 Fulbright scholar

By September 1st, 2011

In 2008, CSIRO and the Fulbright Commission entered into a partnership to sponsor a scholarship enabling one high-quality US postgraduate student to spend up to 12 months, working with one of the National Research Flagships. In late August, we welcome our third Fulbright scholar, Marvin Alfaro.

Mr Marvin Alfaro who has just completed a Bachelor of Science in meteorology and mathematics at the University of Miami, is the 2011 winner of the Fulbright CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship.

Through his Fulbright, Marvin will come to Australia for a year to study the impacts and implications of a particular ocean boundary within the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the Antarctic Polar Front, on global climate change.

Marvin will work with the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales and the CSIRO Wealth from Oceans flagship and the Marine Laboratories in Hobart.

Mr Marvin Alfaro is the 2011 winner of the Fulbright CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship.

Marvin’s research will focus on the recent pronounced southward movement to the atmosphere of the Southern Hemisphere, which generally has an average atmospheric circulation dominated by westerly winds that extend from Earth’s surface to the stratosphere.

Remote sensing and observational analyses have demonstrated that these trends are dominated by the development of the stratospheric Antarctic ozone hole, with smaller but important contributions from increases in greenhouse gases.

These observations suggest that human activity has demonstrably affected the climate of the Southern Hemisphere.

Marvin will use satellite sea surface temperature measurements and take a scientific research cruise into the Southern Ocean to examine a possible shift of the Antarctic Polar Front over the past few decades and its relationship with changes in Southern Hemisphere westerly winds.

Marvin has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Miami.

He has won various awards and prizes including an Honorary Certificate-University of Miami; a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, to study in the United Kingdom; and a National Science Foundation Computer Science and Mathematics for Scientist Scholarship.

In addition to his studies, Marvin has participated in a Study Abroad Peer Mentor program at his university and is active in the Methodist church.