Yassir Eddebbar is a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Yassir received his PhD in Oceanography at Scripps working in the Atmospheric Oxygen Research Group under the guidance of Dr. Ralph Keeling. For his thesis work, he combined measurements of atmospheric oxygen and carbon, along with models of ocean and atmospheric circulation and biogeochemistry to gain a deeper understanding of processes modulating the air-sea exchange of oxygen and carbon, and their coupling to heat fluxes in the climate system.
As a postdoc, Yassir narrowed his focus on the tropical Pacific, where he is examining how equatorial circulation shapes the Oxygen Minimum Zones structure and variability. Particularly, he is interested in how mesoscale eddies and the equatorial current system modulate the transport of oxygen and biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nutrients, and how these processes may be changing in the future. Understanding these dynamics is critical to predicting changes in marine ecosystem habitats in a warming world. Yassir also enjoys teaching and science communication, and has led numerous efforts to bridge the gap between climate science and the general public by engaging policy makers, local teachers, and the media through public talks, collaborations, and interviews.
(Updated February 2021)