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Xylar Asay-Davis

CNLS Postdoctoral Research Associate

Ocean and Ice Sheet/Ice Shelf Climate Modeling, Planetary Science, Planet Formation

Xylar Asay-Davis

Office: TA-3 Bldg 1690, Room 132
Mail Stop: B258
Phone: (505) 606-0025
Fax: (505) 665-2659
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     Educational Background/Employment:
    • B.S. (2001) Physics and Electrical Engineering, U.C. San Diego
    • Ph.D. (2008) Applied Science and Technology, U.C. Berkeley
    • Professional Training:
      • 2008-2009 Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Astronomy, UC Berkeley
      • June 2010 Advanced Climate Dynamics Courses summer school on ice/ocean interactions, Lyngen, Norway

    Research Interests:

    • Modeling ocean/ice shelf interactions in global climate simulations
    • Immersed boundary methods for ocean and ice shelf/ice sheet modeling
    • Unstructured grids
    • Nonhydrostatic ocean modeling
    • Observing and modeling Jupiter's atmospheric dynamics, particularly zonal flows and vortices
    • Numerical modeling of planetessimal formation

    Selected Recent Publications:

    1. X.S. Asay-Davis, P.S. Marcus, M.H. Wong, I. de Pater, Jupiter's shrinking Great Red Spot and steady Oval BA: Velocity measurements with the `Advection Corrected Correlation Image Velocimetry' automated cloud-tracking method, Icarus. 203, Issue 1, September 2009, Pages 164-188, DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2009.05.001.
    2. A.T. Lee, E. Chiang, X. Asay-Davis, J. Barranco, Forming Planetesimals by Gravitational Instability. I. The Role of the Richardson Number in Triggering the Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability, The Astrophysical Journal, 718, Issue 2, 2010, Page 1367, DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/718/2/1367. LA-UR 10-07179
    3. A.T. Lee, E. Chiang, X. Asay-Davis, J. Barranco, Forming Planetesimals by Gravitational Instability: II. How Dust Settles to its Marginally Stable State, The Astrophysical Journal, 725, Issue 2, 2010, Pages 1938-1954, DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/725/2/1938. LA-UR 11-00703
    4. X.S. Asay-Davis, P.S. Marcus, M.H. Wong, I. de Pater, Changes in Jupiter's zonal velocity between 1979 and 2008, Icarus. 211, Issue 2, February 2011, Pages 1215-1232, DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2010.11.018. LA-UR 10-01896
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