Dr. Pullen is an Associate Professor in Civil, Environmental, and Ocean Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology.  She holds a joint appointment with Brookhaven National Laboratory and is an adjunct research scientist at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.  Previously, she was the Director of the DHS National Center of Excellence in Maritime Security at Stevens and a former science fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.

Her work improves the understanding of chemical/biological/radiological and nuclear (CBRN) contaminant transport pathways for emergency response. With support from the Carnegie Corporation she has developed Nuclear Issues and Civil Defense initiatives, including a workshop and a graduate course on Nuclear Security and Terrorism.  She is a member of the advisory board of the Federation of American Scientists. 

Dr. Pullen has served on the steering team for national and international joint field and modeling studies on urban air dispersion and regional meteorology and oceanography. Other areas of research include urban heat waves and coastal and river flood prediction. 

In 2015 Dr. Pullen was elected as the physical oceanography councilor for The Oceanography Society.  She was a member of the 2014-2016 National Research Council committee on Earth System Prediction and is on the international GODAE Coastal Ocean and Shelf Seas Task Team.  Dr. Pullen is on the board of the Waterfront Alliance, a civic organization representing over 900 groups with a stake in the NY/NJ waterfront, and is co-chair of the policy committee.  She was a chapter co-author of the 2015 New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC2) report.  

Dr. Pullen holds a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in physical oceanography from Oregon State University.  She was the first undergraduate intern at the Santa Fe Institute, and conducted postdoctoral work with the Naval Research Laboratory on air/sea coupled modeling.

Sub-specialties: oceanography, meteorology, CBRN transport & dispersion, civil defense and emergency response, maritime security, weather and ocean prediction.



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