Timothy DeVries, a Postdoctoral Scholar from UCLA’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the UCSB Department of Geography, effective July 1, 2014. When asked about his interests, academic and otherwise, Tim shared the following:
“My research interests center on examining processes in the marine carbon cycle. I am interested in the interactions between chemical, biological, and physical processes in the marine carbon cycle, and in feedbacks between these processes and the Earth’s climate. Much of my research involves building improved representations of these processes in numerical models of the ocean carbon cycle, so that past and present climate changes can be better understood and future climate change can be better predicted.
I’m looking forward to joining the Geography Department at UCSB because of the intellectually stimulating atmosphere, the great research and teaching opportunities, and the friendly people there. I’m also excited to be involved in the IGPMS program, and I look forward to working with faculty and graduate students from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds through that program. I myself have a varied educational background, having received an undergraduate degree in Economics, having taught high school Earth Science, and, most recently, receiving my PhD from UC Irvine in the multi-disciplinary Earth System Science Department.
Oh yeah, the great UCSB location doesn’t hurt either! (I am looking forward to walking from my house to the beach…). I also have some personal ties to UCSB, my sister being an alumnus of the school. My personal interests include reading, swimming, surfing, and spending time with my family. My wife and I have two children, daughter Nalani (4 years old) and son Theodore (2). We enjoy outdoor activities with the kids (the beach, swimming, playing at the park, examining bugs, etc.) and museums and libraries.”
Welcome aboard, Dr. DeVries!