Sarah Gille is currently the Scripps Institution of Oceanography department chair and is a professor in the Oceans and Atmospheres Section at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
Her research focuses on ocean dynamics and their role in Earth’s climate system, with a large focus on the Southern Ocean. She makes use of a combination of remote-sensing data, in situ observations, numerical model output, within a theoretical framework where appropriate.
Gille received a B.S. in physics from Yale University and a Ph.D in physical oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)–Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in 1995. She carried out postdoctoral research at Scripps and at the University of East Anglia (UK). Before joining Scripps and UCSD in 2000, Gille was an assistant professor in the Department of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine. She is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the American Meteorological Society, and is a member of The Oceanography Society, the AAAS, and Sigma Xi.
She has received the Sverdrup Gold Medal from the American Meteorological Society (2021), an NSF CAREER Award (2000), the Zeldovich Award for excellence and achievement by a young scientist from the Committee on Space Research and the Russian Academy of Sciences (2000), and the Carl-Gustav Rossby Award for best thesis of the year from MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (1995).