Chris Zappa is a specialist in ocean-atmosphere interaction. His interests include wave dynamics and wave breaking,
the effect of near-surface turbulence on heat, gas, and momentum transport, airborne infrared remote sensing,
upper-ocean processes, coastal and estuarine dynamics.
Chris grew up north of Boston, Massachusetts. He attended Columbia University as an undergraduate and earned a
Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. It was there that he developed his strong interest in fluid dynamics.
In 1992, he moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington and began his graduate career at the Applied Physics Laboratory.
He received a Masters in Engineering in 1994. Upon receiving his Ph.D. in 1999, Chris accepted a Postdoctoral Scholar Award
at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Chris has been a Doherty Associate Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University since October, 2003.