B.S., Physics with highest honors, minors in Mathematical Sciences and Spanish, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, May 1999.
Ph.D., Physical Oceanography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Marine Sciences, September 2008.
Dr. Edwards’s research focuses on the physical oceanography of the continental margins, where shelf-scale processes can have complicated interactions with topography and stratification at the nearshore boundary as well as the shelfbreak. Her current work takes a joint observational/modeling approach to describing the response of the coastal ocean to near-resonant forcing by sea breeze and land breeze near the critical latitude for diurnal/inertial resonance. Heating and cooling of shelf water also induce significant diurnal and supertidal variability in the coastal ocean, but the importance of air-sea interaction and subsynoptic meteorological variability is often neglected for circulation and ecosystem modeling on a regional scale. This higher frequency variability in the ocean and atmosphere (and associated mixing) has important implications for larval transport, nutrient budgets, and the larger coastal ecosystem.