Department of Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences

Mara Freilich

Assistant Professor
Lincoln Field 201
170 Hope St 208
Research Interests Environmental Science, Oceans Ice and Atmospheres
Pronouns she/her


I study the ways that physical oceanographic processes, including fronts and eddies, affect ocean microbial ecology, carbon cycling, and nutrient distributions. My work understanding the link between biological and physical processes involves advancing knowledge of ocean physical dynamics and developing methodologies for modeling ecological processes in the context of environmental variability. In addition, I am interested in engagement with community groups to mobilize climate science for environmental justice. I use a range of methods from numerical ocean models and theory to observational work at sea (including remote sensing and microbial genomics). 

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Student Research Stories: Ayushman Choudhury

Ayushman Choudhury ’25 is a rising senior studying Applied Mathematics-Computer Science and Music and a research assistant in the Mara Freilich Lab, where he investigates ocean flux dynamics in the Southern Ocean. In our third Student Research Story, Ayushman emphasizes his passion for using computer science and mathematical modeling to improve our understanding of climate change and help fight the climate crisis.
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Assistant Professor Mara Freilich and graduate student Élise Beaudin embarked on the Submesoscale-Mesoscale Ocean Dynamics Experiment (S-MODE) mission this past April to study the role of surface layer submesoscale eddies on climate and biological elements in the upper ocean.
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