Kaylan Randolph is a Research Scientist and Lecturer in Oceanography. Her research
is centered on relating freshwater, estuarine and oceanic optical properties to biogeochemistry
and upper ocean physics.
Dr. Randolph has been developing methods to measure whitecaps and bubble plumes using
measurements of in and above water optical properties and coupling the optics with
meteorological and wave field parameters to investigate the mechanisms underlying
the distribution and evolution and of naturally occurring, wind-wave induced bubbles
populations. She is further developing and implementing these approaches to link light
scattering and ocean color during wave breaking to turbulent kinetic energy dissipation
rates in an effort to characterize light scattering during wave breaking and to further
elucidate wave-driven turbulence at the air-sea interface. She has developed, coordinated,
and conducted field campaigns using a wide range of in and above water oceanographic
instrumentation from a variety of platforms.
Kate is leading a NASA funded effort to quantify the effects of breaking waves, and
bubble plumes on hyperspectral reflectance and to relate ocean color to turbulent
kinetic energy dissipation rates using above surface radiometry andin situoptics from the Air-Sea Interaction Tower at Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory,
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
Highlighted publications include:
Cifuentes-Lorenzen andK. Randolph. (2020). The Case for Measuring Whitecaps Using Ocean Color and Initial Linkages
to Subsurface Physics. In: Vlahos P., Monahan E. (eds)Recent Advances in the Study of Oceanic Whitecaps (pp. 175-195). Springer, Cham.