About Maike

I am a physical oceanographer, interested in how we bring theoretical constructs and inferences together with observations to meet the needs of modern society. Combining domain knowledge with advanced techniques from data science, I aim to create new insight and accelerate exploration. I primarily see myself as a physical oceanographer, but have a formal backgroung in computer science/data science as my thesis sponsored by the EPSRC was joint between the very diverse National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, and the excellent Institute for Complex Systems Simulation. I am part of the ECCO consortium, and am also an active collaborator on other projects such as OCCIPUT, among others.

I have been asked to serve as a reviewer on a NASA panel, the journal Ocean Modeling, the Journal of Geophysical Research and Geophysical Research Letters.


  • V. Balaji
  • Alistair Adcroft
  • John Krasting
  • Stephanie Dutkiewicz
  • Chris Hill
  • Carl Wunsch
  • Patrick Heimbach
  • Isabela Le Bras
  • Joel J.-M. Hirschi
  • George Nurser
  • Thierry Penduff
  • Nicolas Le Bihan
  • Rory Bingham


Teaching is highly rewarding, and I recieved the Kaufman Teaching Certificate from MIT in 2017.

Full workshops where I developed material and taught were at graduate level include:

  • Princeton workshop "Machine learning for climate modeling"
  • ICSS conference:"The importance of model validation". Material available here
  • ICSS conference: "Finite differences methods". Material available here

Lectures I have given were at graduate level and include:

  • Harvard University guest lecturers for Brad Lipovsky: "Machine Learning in Geoscience".
  • University of Texas at Austin (ICES) Graduate Course guest lecturer for Patrick Heimbach: ``Vertical Mixing Schemes: Why we need them & what they do''

As a teaching assistant the courses I loved teaching were at undergraduate level and included boatwork:

  • NOCS Field work Boat Week
  • Physical Oceanography II
  • Physical Oceanography I


I enjoy engaging with the wider comunity. A recent highlight that is hard to top is being a member of the COPEZILLA project EAPS team for the Red Bull Flugtag. Kelsey Tsipis for EAPS News snapped a great photo of me at the "Nautical dat at the MIT Museum". Previously, my engagement found me helping an NGO at COP15 comunicating climate change, or being asked to present for the International and Industrial Advisory board of the ICSS.


Born in Copenhagen but raised in Norway, some of my favourite pastimes are found in the mountains or on a cliff, wearing trainers, climbing shoes, skiis, crampons or some combination. If ropes are involved then that is a bonus.

I usually travel with running shoes. In June 2018, I partnered with Katherine Rosenfeld to set a first and "fastest known time" for the 70+mile High Sierra Trail in one push. I'm currently based in Princeton and Seattle, but my other favourite areas include the Isle of Wight, the Exmoor coast, and the Lake District in the UK, as well as the White Mountains in New Hampshire. I mainly run to explore the natural areas around me. The Vermont 50 mile trail race is the only race I've run where I placed 8th in my division.

I am classically trained as a flutist and contemporary/classical ballet dancer. A series of injuries and life decisions set a stop to this, but I had the pleasure of performing at the Odd Fellows Palace (DK), Olavshallen (NO) or Turner Sims (UK). I was part of Step By Step, but joined just before they opened the World Championships.