Irina Rypina has been awarded the Donald L. Turcotte Award, given annually to recent Ph.D. recipients for outstanding dissertation research that contributes directly to the field of nonlinear geophysics. Rypina’s thesis is entitled “Lagrangian coherent structures and transport in two-dimensional incompressible flows with oceanographic and atmospheric applications.” She will be formally presented with the award at the Nonlinear Geophysics Focus Group Reception during the 2008 AGU Fall Meeting, which will be held 15–19 December in San Francisco, Calif.
Irina received her B.S. in plasma physics from Nizhny Novgorod State University, in Russia, in 2002, an M.S. in physics from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2003, and a Ph.D. in applied marine physics from the University of Miami in 2007. She is currently working as a postdoctoral investigator at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Her research interests include dynamical systems theory, transport and mixing processes in oceanic and atmospheric flows, Hamiltonian dynamics, underwater acoustics, and magnetic confinement of plasmas.