Molly Baringer is a veteran oceanographer with NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory’s Physical Oceanography Division. During her 21-year tenure at AOML, she has managed research teams and forged partnerships with national and international research institutions. These partnerships have included, among others, the National Science Foundation, National Space and Aeronautics Administration, and the National Environmental Research Council in the UK. Additionally, Molly has participated on more than 20 national and international panels, providing advice and direction on national science policy and program management. As a sea-going oceanographer at AOML, Molly has participated in more than 30 hydrographic research cruises since 1998, often serving as the chief scientist. Her research portfolio and expertise are strongly rooted in the Atlantic Ocean, where she has linked ocean circulation patterns and changes to global and/or regional climate patterns.
Over the past 10 years, Molly has been a principal or co-principal investigator on numerous externally-funded research programs totaling more than $30 million dollars. Her research has led to more than 75 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Science, the Journal of Climate, and the Journal of Geophysical Research. For her role on the Western Boundary Time Series Team, she received a Department of Commerce Bronze Medal.
Molly holds a PhD in physical oceanography earned in 1994 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She is also a graduate of NOAA’s Leadership Competency Development Program and the National Weather Service’s Building Leaders for a Solid Tomorrow (BLAST) program.