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Christopher Piecuch


Interests: Sea level, Ocean circulation, Numerical modeling, Data analysis, Probabilistic Methods, Uncertainty quantification

Chris is an Associate Scientist in the Physical Oceanography Department at WHOI, where he has been since 2018. He holds BA, MSc, and PhD degrees from the University of Rhode Island. Chris has performed extensive research on the physics and statistics of sea-level change, which he has done with support from NSF, as a member of various NASA Science Teams (GRACE, OSTST, NSLCT), and as part of multiple workshops and international teams convened by the International Space Science Institute in Bern, Switzerland. He is currently an associate editor at the AGU journal Earth’s Future. Chris has served on committees for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at WHOI. Prior to coming to WHOI, he was a staff scientist at Atmospheric and Environmental Research in Lexington, Massachusetts. Before that, he served as a volunteer with the United States Peace Corps, teaching math and science at a secondary school near Rumphi, Malawi. In his free time, you’ll find him roasting coffee, training his dogs, doing the New York Times crossword puzzle, chopping wood, or lingering over good food and drinks with friends and family.


  • BA Physics, Mathematics, and German; University of Rhode Island 2006
  • MSc Oceanography (Biological); University of Rhode Island 2010
  • PhD Oceanography (Physical); University of Rhode Island 2016