About Me

I am an oceanographer at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at UC San Diego taking the early research and development done in the academic arena into practice. Specifically, I help bring new operational capacity to those working in austere environments. This builds off years of analytics experience focused on actionable outcomes for both the scientific and US government sponsor communities.

My research component focuses on the physics of the nearshore environment around islands and the ecosystems they house. I use an array of oceanographic instrumentation and numerical models combining algorithm development, signal processing, time series analysis, and fluid mechanics to study how the ocean changes in space and time. My work is done under the direction of Dr. Eric Terrill in the Coastal Observing Research and Development Center at SIO.


Ph.D., 2018, Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego

M.S., 2015, Mechanical Engineering, University of California San Diego

B.S., 2010, Ocean Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology

Schramek, T., Terrill, E., Colin, P., Cornuelle, B., (2019). Coastally Trapped Waves around Palau. Continental Shelf Research. 191C, 104002. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.csr.2019.104002.

Schramek, T., Cornuelle, B., Gopalakrishnan, G., Colin, P., Rowley, S., Merrifield, M., Terrill, E., (2019). Tropical Western Pacific thermal structure and its relationship to ocean surface variables: A numerical state estimate and forereef temperature records. Oceanography 32(4):156–163, www.jstor.org/stable/26845648.

Cimino, M., Anderson, M., Schramek, T., Merrifield, S., Terrill, E., (2019). Towards a Fishing Pressure Prediction System for a Western Pacific EEZ. Nature: Scientific Reports. 9:461 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-36915-x.

Merrifield, S., Schramek, T., Celona, S., Bôas, A., Colin, P., & Terrill, E. (2019). Typhoon-Forced Waves Around a Western Pacific Island Nation. Oceanography, 32(4), 56-65. https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2019.411.

Merrifield, S., Colin, P., Cook, T., Garcia-Moreno, C., MacKinnon, J., Otero, M., Schramek, T., Siegelman, M., Simmons, H., Terrill, E. (2019). Island Wakes Observed from High-Frequency Current Mapping Radar. Oceanography, 32(4), 92-101. https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2019.415.

Siegelman, M., Merrifield, M., Firing, E., MacKinnon, J., Alford, M., Voet, G., Wijesekera, H., Schramek, T., Zeiden, K., Terrill, E. (2019). Observations of Near-Inertial Surface Currents at Palau. Oceanography, 32(4), 74-83. https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2019.413.

Schramek, T., Colin, P., Merrifield, M., Terrill, E., (2018). Depth-dependent thermal stress around corals in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Geophysical Research Letters. 47. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018GL078782.

Cimino, M., Colin, P., Schramek, T., Lindberg, S., Domeier, M., Terrill, E. (2018). Oceanographic, acoustic and remote approaches reveal the spatio-temporal dynamics of blackfin snapper at an aggregation site in Palau. Marine Ecological Progress Series. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12651.

Terrill, E., Moline, M., Scannon, P., Gallimore, E., Schramek, T., Nager, A., Hess, R., Cimino, M., Colin, P., Pietruszka, A., Anderson, M., (2017). Project Recover: Extending the applications of unmanned platforms and autonomy to support underwater MIA searches. Oceanography 30(2), 150-159. https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2017.237.