University of Washington Nov. 2013
Dissertation: “Meridional Exchanges and Mixing at the Iceland-Faroe Ridge"
University of Washington Jan. 2010
Colby College May 2006
B.A. Physics, Mathematical Sciences – cum laude
Postdoctoral Research Associate Dec. 2017 – present
Oregon State University
Turbulence & biophysical interactions in the Arctic, with Emily Shroyer.
Postdoctoral Scholar, Investigator Dec. 2013 – Dec. 2017
Glacier-driven water mass transformation in Greenland’s proglacial fjords, with Fiamma Straneo.
Graduate Research Assistant 2006 – 2013
University of Washington
Dense overflows and water mass transformation on the Iceland-Faroe Ridge, with Peter Rhines and Charlie Eriksen.
Guest Researcher Fall 2010
Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen
Inferring turbulent dissipation from glider fine scale vertical velocity, with Ilker Fer.
Undergraduate Research Assistant 2005
Time-domain spectroscopy to measure tensor polarizabilities of Sodium Rydberg states.
 M. Cape, F. Straneo, Beaird, N.L., R. Bundy, M. Charette, 2018: Nutrient release to oceans from buoyancy-driven upwelling at Greenland tidewater glaciers. Nature Geoscience, doi: 10.1038/s41561-018-0268-4
 Beaird, N.L., F. Straneo, W. Jenkins, 2018: Export of strongly diluted Greenland meltwater from a major glacial fjord. Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1029/2018GL077000
 Beaird, N.L., F. Straneo, W. Jenkins, 2017: Characteristics of meltwater export from Jakobshavn Isbræ and Ilulissat Icefjord. Annals of Glaciology https://doi.org/10.1017/aog.2017.19
 Beaird, N.L., P.B. Rhines, C.C. Eriksen, 2016: Observations of Seasonal Subduction at the Iceland-Faroe Front. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 121, doi:10.1002/2015JC011501
 Beaird, N.L., F. Straneo, W. Jenkins, 2015: Spreading of Greenland meltwaters in the ocean revealed by noble gases. Geophysical Research Letters, 42, doi: 10.1002/2015GL065003
 Ullgren, J.E., I. Fer, E. Darelius, N.L. Beaird, 2014: Interaction of the Faroe Bank Channel overflow with Iceland Basin intermediate waters. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 119, doi:10.1002/2013JC009437
 Beaird, N.L., P.B. Rhines, C.C. Eriksen, 2013: Overflow waters at the Iceland-Faroe Ridge observed in multi-year Seaglider surveys. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 43, doi: 0.1175/JPO-D-13-029.1
 Beaird, N.L., I. Fer, P.B. Rhines, C.C. Eriksen, 2012: Dissipation of Turbulent Kinetic Energy inferred from Seagliders: An application to the eastern Nordic Seas overflows. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 42, doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-12-094.1
NSF OPP-1734777, (09/01/2017 - 09/01/2019). Physical Impacts on late Season Productivity in Changing Arctic. Co-PIs: Emily Shroyer, N.L. Beaird .
NSF OCE-1536856, (12/01/2015 - 11/30/2018). Tracking Greenland Melt in the Ocean Using Noble Gas Fingerprints. Co-PIs: Fiamma Straneo, N.L. Beaird.
WHOI Ocean and Climate Change Institute, (7/01/2014 - 7/01/2016). Using Noble Gases to Distinguish Glacial Freshwater Sources from Greenland. Co-PIs: N.L. Beaird, F. Straneo, W. Jenkins.
Fellowships & Awards
Ocean Outlook Fellowship, University of Bergen 2017
Doherty Postdoctoral Scholarship, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 2013
S.S. & I.M.F. Marsden Prize in Earth Sciences, Colby College 2006
National Physics Honor Society 2006
Beaird, N.L., E. Shroyer, L. Juranek, B. Hales (2018), Late Summer Observations of Turbulent Nutrient Flux in the Chukchi Sea. Poster Presentation, Eastern Pacific Ocean Conference, Timberline, OR.
Beaird, N.L., F. Straneo (2018), Seasonal Cycle of Greenland Meltwater Influence on Sermilik Fjord, Greenland. Poster Presentation, Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR.
Beaird, N.L., F. Straneo (2017), Tracking Greenland’s Meltwater. Oral Presentation, Ocean Outlook, Bergen, Norway.
Beaird, N.L., F. Straneo, W. Jenkins (invited 2016), Meltwater Influence and Pathways in Coastal Greenland Oral Presentation, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
Beaird, N.L., F. Straneo (2016), Seasonality of glacier-driven water mass transformation in Greenland’s fjords Oral Presentation, International Glaciology Society Symposium, La Jolla, CA.
Beaird, N.L., F. Straneo, W. Jenkins (2016), Noble Gases Reveal Ocean-Glacier Interaction in Shallow and Deep-Silled Greenland Fjords. Oral Presentation, Ocean Sciences Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
Beaird, N.L., F. Straneo, W. Jenkins (2015), Noble gases quantify meltwater distribution in a West Greenland fjord. Oral Presentation, International Glaciology Society Meeting, Cambridge, UK.
Beaird, N.L., F. Straneo (2015), Signature of ice sheet melt in the waters around Greenland. Oral Presentation, Ocean Outlook, Bergen, Norway.
Beaird, N.L., F. Straneo (2014), Greenland Freshwater Input to the North Atlantic. Poster, AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco, USA.
Beaird, N.L., F. Straneo, R.H. Jackson (2014), Glacier driven water mass transformation in an East Greenland fjord: Implications for ocean shelf properties and boundary currents. Oral Presentation, International Forum for Research into Ice Shelf Processes, Köln, Germany.
Beaird, N.L., C.C. Eriksen, P.B. Rhines (2014), Evidence of Direct Exchange of Low Salinity Intermediate Waters Across the Iceland-Faroe Ridge in Winter. Oral Presentation, Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, USA.
Beaird, N.L., I. Fer, P.B. Rhines, C.C. Eriksen (2013). Vertical Velocity and turbulent dissipation in the Nordic Seas overflows. Poster, CNLS-LANL Ocean Turbulence, Sante Fe, USA.
Beaird, N.L., I. Fer, P.B. Rhines, C.C. Eriksen (2012). Dissipation Rate and Vertical Mixing Inferred from Seagliders: An Application to the Nordic Seas Overflows. Poster, Ocean Sciences Meeting, Salt Lake City, USA.
Beaird, N.L., I. Fer, P.B. Rhines (2011). Dissipation rate and vertical mixing inferred from Seagliders. Oral presentation, delivered by I. Fer, European Geophysical Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria.
Beaird, N.L., C.C. Eriksen, P.B. Rhines (2010), Vertical Velocity Inferred from Seaglider. Oral presentation, BIAC-POCAHONTAS Symposium, Rosendal, Norway.
Beaird, N.L., C.C. Eriksen, P.B. Rhines (2010), Overflow Waters at the Iceland-Faroe Ridge from Seaglider Repeat Surveys. Poster, AOSTA Alpine Summer School: Buoyancy Driven Flows. Valsavarenche, Italy.
Beaird, N.L., C.C. Eriksen, P.B. Rhines (2010), Overflow and Entrainment Along the Iceland-Faroe Ridge Observed in Seaglider Repeat Surveys. Oral Presentation, Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, USA.
University of North Carolina Wilmington, Physics & Physical Oceanography Seminar 2018
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, PO seminar 2017
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, PO seminar 2017
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, PO seminar 2016
University of Washington, PO seminar 2016
Oregon State University, POA Seminar 2015
Colby College, Physics Seminar 2014
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, PO seminar 2014
University of Rhode Island, GSO PO seminar 2014
Bjerknes Center-GFI Colloquium, Bergen, Norway 2010
University of East Anglia Atmosphere, Ocean & Climate Seminar, Norwich, UK 2010
National Oceanography Center Seminar, Southampton, UK 2010
Workshops & Invited Short Courses
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program at WHOI - invited staff 2017
UNOLS Chief Scientist Training Cruise 2016
Physical Oceanography Dissertation Symposium (PODS VIII), Hawaii, USA 2014
Advanced Climate Dynamics Course: Dynamics of the Greenland Ice Sheet, Greenland 2014
International Forum for Research into Ice Shelf Processes (FRISP), Köln, Germany 2014
Coordination of Irminger Sea Region Science, Boston, USA 2013
BIAC-POCAHONTAS Symposium, Rosendal, Norway 2010
Alpine Summer School: Buoyancy Driven Flows, Valsavarenche, Italy 2010
PS109: Greenland Ice Sheet- Ocean Interactions 2017
Northeast Greenland Shelf, 79N Glacier
Planned deployment of Ice Tethered Profiler, hydrographic work.
The Dynamic Arctic 2017
Region: Chukchi Sea, Alaska, 15 days
Led turbulence data acquisition using towed platforms and CTDs.
Southern Greenland, Irminger & Labrador Seas
Collected noble gas and Tritium measurements to trace glacial meltwater.
Atâ Sund 2016
Led the oceanographic component of a joint glaciology-oceanography field campaign: hydrographic survey; mooring recovery.
California Borderlands/Cherry Bank 2016
Southern California Bight
Participated in Chief Scientist training cruise held by UNOLS. Deployed autonomous glider to investigate vertical kinetic energy over steep topography and its relation to enhanced biological production.
Sermilik Fjord 2015
Hydrographic survey; mooring deployments. Collected noble gas tracer measurements.
Atâ Sund 2015
Led the oceanographic component of a joint glaciology-oceanography field campaign: hydrographic survey; mooring deployments.
Disko Bay 2014
Hydrographic survey; helicopter XCTDs. Obtained the first noble gas measurements of glacial meltwater in Greenland.
Sermilik Fjord 2013
Hydrographic survey; mooring deployments; helicopter XCTDs.
Salish Sea Seaglider deployments 2006 – 2013
Puget Sound, WA / WA Coast / British Columbia
Numerous deployments, tests, and searches involving Seagliders in Puget Sound, off the Washington continental shelf, and off the central British Columbia coast.
Faroe Seaglider Project 2006 – 2009
Faroe Islands / Seattle, WA
Piloted, deployed, and helped plan a nearly continuous Seaglider survey (31 gliders total) in the North Atlantic.
CLIVAR P18 South 2008
South Pacific - Southern Ocean
Collected and analyzed the tracers CFC11/12 and SF6 using a gas chromatograph.
Teaching & Outreach
Guest lecturer for graduate student math bootcamp.
OMSI Science communication Fellowship
Fellowship with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry to learn best practices in informal science education. Developed hands-on activity at the museum to convey work on biophysical interaction in the Arctic.
Dynamic Arctic blog: Follow the Flow: Turbulence and biology in the Chukchi
PRI’s The World: Looking small for big answers in Greenland
Vermont Standard: Scientists Explore Why Greenland’s Glaciers Are Melting
NOVA: Waging Science on the High Seas
Norman Williams Public Library
Lecture: Ocean-Glacier Interactions in a Warming World
Available via Woodstock Community Television: https://vimeo.com/146278778
WHOI Partnership Education Program
Guest lecturer for undergraduate research program.
Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Chasing Ice film discussion leader.
Blog describing fieldwork in Greenland: http://polardispatches.org/airborne-oceanography/
Falmouth Academy Science Fair
Ocean Inquiry Project
Volunteer instructor on educational citizen science cruises in the Puget Sound for high school, college students and community groups.
Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Oceanography, University of
Conducted weekly review sessions for a section of students, and created and graded exams and out-of-class assignments.
Seaglider Laboratory Tours, University of Washington
Led semi-regular tours of the Seaglider engineering laboratory and give presentations on oceanographic field work to visiting student groups ranging from primary school students to undergraduates.
Teaching Assistant, ‘Math After Hours’, Colby College
Assisted running weekly problem solving sessions for undergraduate students in lower level Math courses, typically Calculus and Linear Algebra.
Teaching Assistant, Linear Algebra, Colby College
Graded assignments and led review sessions for an undergraduate Linear Algebra course.
Journal of Physical Oceanography
Geophysical Research Letters
Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology
National Science Foundation OCE & OPP proposals
WHOI Postdoctoral Association Representative (Treasurer): 2014-2015
WHOI Educational Council: 2014-2015
Professional Society Membership
American Geophysical Union
International Glaciological Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science