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Dr. Delia Oppo

Associate Dean of WHOI Academic Programs

Senior Scientist
Geology & Geophysics Department

Contact Information:
Work: 508-289-2681
Building: Clark 117

Mailing Address:
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #23
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

I study past variability of ocean circulation and the climatic impacts of those changes. My projects include reconstructing ocean circulation during the last Ice Age, during abrupt climate events that occurred as the large Ice Age continental ice sheets collapsed, and during the last 10,000 years in the absence of large ice sheets. With my many collaborators, I also research how these ocean circulation changes and other factors influence tropical rainfall and vegetation.

New publications:

  • Gu, S., Z. Liu, D. W. Oppo, J. Lynch-Stieglitz, A. Jahn, J. Zhang, K. Lindsay, L.Wu, Remineralization dominating the d13C decrease in the mid-depth Atlantic during the last deglaciation, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 571, 117106.
  • Hollstein, M., Mohtadi, M., Kienast, M., Rosenthal, Y., Groeneveld, J., Oppo, D., Southon, J. and Lückge, A. (2020), The impact of astronomical forcing on surface and thermocline variability within the Western Pacific Warm Pool over the past 160 kyr. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1029/2019PA003832
  • Gu, S. Z. Liu, D. W. Oppo, J. Lynch-Stieglitz, A. Jahn, J. Zhang, L. Wu (2020)
    Assessing the potential capability of reconstructing glacial Atlantic water masses and AMOC using multiple proxies in CESM, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 541, 116294.
  • Spooner, P. T., Thornalley, D. J. R., Oppo, D. W., Fox, A. D., Radionovskaya, S., Rose, N. L., et al. ( 2020). Exceptional 20th century ocean circulation in the Northeast Atlantic. Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2020GL087577.
  • F. Pöppelmeier, M. Gutjahr, P. Blaser, D.W. Oppo, S.L. Jaccard, M. Regelous, K.-F. Huang, F. Süfke, J. Lippold (2020). Water mass gradients of the mid-depth Southwest Atlantic during the past 25,000 years,
    Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Volume 531,
  • Zhao, N., Oppo, D. W., Huang, K. F., Howe, J., Blusztajn, J., & Keigwin, L. D. (2019). Glacial-interglacial Nd isotope variability of North Atlantic Deep Water modulated by North American ice sheet. Nature communications, 10(1), 5773.
  • Lacerra, M. , Lund, D. C., Gebbie, G. , Oppo, D. W., Yu, J. , Schmittner, A. and Umling, N. E. (2019), Less Remineralized Carbon in the Intermediate‐Depth South Atlantic During Heinrich Stadial 1. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 34: 1218-1233. doi:10.1029/2018PA003537
  • Rodriguez, L. G., Cohen, A. L., Ramirez, W. , Oppo, D. W., Pourmand, A. , Edwards, R. L., Alpert, A. E. and Mollica, N. (2019), Mid‐Holocene, Coral‐Based Sea Surface Temperatures in the Western Tropical Atlantic. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 34: 1234-1245. doi:10.1029/2019PA003571
  • Umling, N. E., Oppo, D. W., Chen, P. , Yu, J. , Liu, Z. , Yan, M. , Gebbie, G. , Lund, D. C., Pietro, K. R., Jin, Z. D., Huang, K. , Costa, K. B. and Toledo, F. A. (2019), Atlantic Circulation and Ice Sheet Influences on Upper South Atlantic Temperatures During the Last Deglaciation. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 34: 990-1005. doi:10.1029/2019PA003558
  • Oppo, D. W., Gebbie, G. , Huang, K.-F. , Curry, W. B., Marchitto, T. M. and Pietro, K. R. (2018), Data Constraints on Glacial Atlantic Water Mass Geometry and Properties. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 33, doi:10.1029/2018PA003408


Ph.D.: Geology. 1989. Columbia University, New York, NY.

B.S.: Mathematics. 1981. State University of New York at Albany