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Dr. Julie Pullen - Bio

Dr. Julie Pullen
Maritime Security Laboratory

Dr. Julie Pullen is Director of the Maritime Security Laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology.  She uses high-resolution coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling in order to understand and forecast the dynamics of coastal urban regions throughout the world.  Her research experience encompasses study of the Mediterranean, U.S. east and west coasts and Pacific island regions, with a particular emphasis on predicting chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) dispersion in coastal cities.

She was a principal investigator on a Department of Homeland Security grant to improve prediction of CBR dispersion in New York City by integrating multi-scale modeling of air, sea, and buildings. Additionally, Dr. Pullen was a member of the management team for the midtown Manhattan 2005 Urban Dispersion Program tracer release study, the largest of its kind in the U. S. 

She was named to an Office of Naval Research scientific steering committee currently conducting modeling and measurements (including six oceanographic research cruises) focused on the Philippines.  As part of that effort, she oversees and interprets operational ocean and atmosphere forecasts of the region for use in field work planning, execution and analysis.

Dr. Pullen pioneered the two-way coupling of a high-resolution mesoscale atmosphere and ocean model for realistic applications in the coastal zone and published several award-winning research articles detailing the superior forecasts of both realms that resulted from coupling the models.  This work formed the foundation and motivation for the transition of a state-of-the-art, high-resolution, globally relocatable coupled ocean, atmosphere, and wave model into operational use for diverse applications such as mission planning by the Navy SEALs. 

As the chair of the Coastal Environment Committee of the American Meteorological Society, she was lead organizer of the 7th Conference on Coastal Atmospheric and Oceanic Prediction and Processes that met jointly with the 7th Symposium on the Urban Environment at her initiative.  She is co-chair of the upcoming 2010 Ocean Sciences meeting.

Dr. Pullen is presently a Marie Tharp visiting fellow and adjunct research scientist at Columbia Universityís Earth Institute.  She was previously a science fellow at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation where she was a member of the external evaluation committee for the national Top Officials 2 Full Scale Exercise (TOPOFF-2). She received a B.A. from Macalester College, majoring in physics and math, and was the first undergraduate intern at the Santa Fe Institute.  She then completed a masterís degree in applied mathematics at the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in physical oceanography at Oregon State University. 

Julie is married to Dan Kohn, an entrepreneur, and they live in Manhattan with their sons, Adam and Ellis.

She can be reached at Additional background information is available at