Paula Fratantoni, Research Oceanographer,
oversees the collection, processing and dissemination of hydrographic
data collected during CTD operations from NEFSC shipboard surveys,
collaborates with scientists in the application of oceanographic data to
species and ecosystem assessments, and conducts independent research into
the physical oceanography of the northeast U.S. shelf.
Paula's research interests include: Characterizing water mass distributions and circulation patterns using historical hydrographic data along the northeast U.S. and Canadian shelves using historical hydrographic data; Basin scale continuity of the coastal boundary current in the western North Atlantic and its role as an advective link for high-latitude climate-driven variability; Variability, forcing and dynamics of shefbreak currents and fronts and their influence on cross-shelf exchange; Dynamic coupling between the shelf and slope circulation; Dynamics of frontal eddies and their influence on biological communities.