Benjamin Scheifele

Research Topic

Mixing and Turbulence in the Beaufort Sea (Canadian Arctic)

Research Description

My primary research area is the study of mixing in the Arctic Ocean and its contribution to climate change induced sea ice melt. I use ocean gliders (think “underwater drones”) to study how ocean turbulence and thermal energy stored in the ocean contribute to the dramatic reduction in summer sea ice that we’ve observed in the Beaufort Sea in the last three decades.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

Vancouver and the UBC campus have so much natural beauty, and I think the community does a good job of integrating that beauty with daily life through the many outdoor activities available in and around the city.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

The oceanography program at UBC really does offer world-class research opportunities and the ability to connect with researchers who are leaders in their fields.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

There is an incredible amount of flexibility in my program with lots of possibilities to travel and work internationally for short-term placements. I’ve found that the program really is what you make of it, and that there is seemingly endless possibility to forge new opportunities for yourself and make connections with international collaborators.

 

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

Explore the area, hike, cycle, and run; read novels; play board games and video games; lie in the sun and nap; enjoy good food, wine and beer.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Don’t work yourself into the ground. Work hard and certainly do your best, but make firm decisions not to let your work take over your life. You’ll perform better and be happier if you take some time off to relax.