Dr. Jae-Hun Park (left), Stuart Bishop (middle), and Amy Fearing (right) on the SIO R/V Melville June 2006.

Stuart P. Bishop
Postdoctoral Scholar
Environmental Science and Engineering
California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91125



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Research Interests

I am a physical oceanographer who studies mesoscale and submesoscale eddies and their role in the Earth climate system. Mesoscale and submesoscale eddy processes are not explicitly resolved in climate simulations. Mesoscale eddies O(100 km) represent the most energetic part of the energy spectrum. Submesoscales O(10 km) act as a conduit to dissipate mesoscale energy and are the scales at which the physics and biology start to interact. It is key to understanding these processes so that they can best be represented in climate models as parameterizations. I use a combination of observations, models, and theory to study the roles of these eddies in current systems; in particular the Western Boundary Currents (e.g. Kuroshio Extension and Gulf Stream), Southern Ocean, and the California Current System. I am also interested in natural versus forced decadal variability and how current systems will adjust to a changing climate.

Academic Background

B.Sc. Physics, Clemson University, 2006.

Ph.D. Oceanography, University of Rhode island, Graduate School of Oceanography, 2012.

Field Experience

2011 - R/V Pelican, PI Jim Singer (SAIC), Gulf of Mexico Loop Current, PIES recovery operations, 13 days.

2006 - R/V Melville, PIs D. Randolph Watts (URI) and Kathleen Donohue (URI), Kuroshio; KESS CPIES recovery operations, 35 days.


Bishop, S.P., F.O. Bryan, and R.J. Small, 2014. Bjerknes-like compensation between eddy components of meridional heat transport in the wintertime North Pacific. submitted to J. Phys. Oceanogr.

Small, J.R., J. Bacmeister, D. Bailey, A. Baker, S.P. Bishop, F.O. Bryan, J.M. Caron, J. Dennis, P. Gent, H.-M Hsu, M. Jochum, D. Lawrence, E. Munoz, P. diNezio, T. Scheitlin, B. Tomas, J. Tribbia, Y.-H. Tseng, and M. Vertenstein, 2014. A new synoptic scale resolving global climate simulation using the Community Atmosphere Model. submitted to J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst..

Bishop, S.P. and D.R. Watts, 2014. Rapid eddy-induced modification of Subtropical Mode Water during the Kuroshio Extension System Study. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 44: 1941-1953. (doi:10.1175/JPO-D-13-0191.1) pdf

Bishop, S.P. and F.O. Bryan, 2013. A comparison of mesoscale eddy heat fluxes from observations and a high-resolution ocean model simulation of the Kuroshio Extension. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 43: 2563-2570. (doi:10.1175/JPO-D-13-0150.1) pdf

Bishop, S.P., 2013. Divergent eddy heat fluxes in the Kuroshio Extension at 144o-148o. Part 2: Spatiotemporal variability. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 43: 2416-2431. (doi:10.1175/JPO-D-13-061.1) pdf

Bishop, S.P., D.R. Watts, and K.A. Donohue, 2013. Divergent eddy heat fluxes in the Kuroshio Extension at 144o-148o. Part 1: Mean structure. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 43: 1533-1550. (doi:10.1175/JPO-D-12-0221.1) pdf

Bishop, S.P., D.R. Watts, J.-H. Park, and N.G. Hogg, 2012. Evidence of bottom-trapped currents in the Kuroshio Extension region. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 42: 321-328. (doi:10.1175/JPO-D-11-0144.1) pdf

Manuscripts in Preparation

Abernathey, R., S.P. Bishop, A.F. Thompson, P. Cessi. Energetics of standing waves in the Southern Ocean.

S.P. Bishop, P. Gent, F.O. Bryan, A.F. Thompson, M.C. Long. The eddy response to increasing winds in the Southern Ocean.

S.P. Bishop, F.O. Bryan, J. Bacmeister, and R.J. Small. The influence of tropical cyclones on global sea surface temperature variance.


Advanced Study Program at NCAR
Oceanography at NCAR
Kuroshio Extension System Study (KESS)
Physical Oceanography at URI

Randy Watts and Kathy Donohue Research Group
Frank Bryan
Andy Thompson
Ryan Abernathey
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