Sarah’s research focus is understanding how intense storms interact with meso to sub-mesoscale eddy variability in the Southern Ocean and how may this may impact the upper-ocean environment where phytoplankton live. She uses a variety of numerical models, remotely sensed data and autonomous robotic platforms (gliders) to explore this and moreover, the hypothesis that storms through the enhancement of the supply of nutrients to the surface ocean can sustain phytoplankton blooms for long durations (e.g., weeks to months) in remote open-ocean sectors of the Southern Ocean.