Dr Peña-Molino is a researcher at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre. She earned a degree in Marine Science from Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), and later completed a PhD in Physical Oceanography from the MIT-WHOI Joint Program (USA). Her work until then was focused in the North Atlantic, looking at the export of dense water along the western boundary and its interaction with the Gulf Stream.
Dr Peña-Molino joined ACE CRC in 2011, and has since been working in the Southern Ocean. As a sea-going oceanographer, she has participated in 4 Southern Ocean voyages, working on the Mertz as well as on the Totten Glaciers. Her research interests span a broad range of topics related to the large scale ocean circulation and its role in climate; including problems such as the formation and export of Antarctic Bottom Water, and the dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current.
Dr Peña-Molino works with the ACE CRC’s Southern Ocean in a Changing Climate project on the following problems:
• the effect of topography in the vertical structure of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, and how topographic interactions shape meridional fluxes across the current.
• mechanisms regulating the export of Antarctic Bottom Water from the Adelie Land/Mertz glacier region; changes pre and post Mertz calving.
• time-mean circulation and variability of the Antarctic Slope Current in the southeastern Indian Ocean; the roles of wind and buoyancy forcing.