Picture of Tessa Gorte
PhD Student
• Sea level contribution of ice sheets
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Office: SEEC near N226
Pronouns: she/her

Ocean Biogeochemistry Research Group
Advisor: Nikki Lovenduski


Tessa worked with ATOC Assistant Professor Jan Lenaerts from 2017-2022 as part of the NASA Sea Level Team, investigating the contribution of ice sheets to past, present and future sea level rise. She is completing her degree with Associate Professor Nicole Lovenduski. Her first paper, Scoring Antarctic surface mass balance in climate models to refine future projections (published in 2020 with Prof. Lenaerts and Dr. Brooke Medley), looked at the impact of surface processes on Antarctica on projected global sea level rise estimates using the CMIP5 and CMIP6 suites. Her current aim is to investigate the role of Antarctic melt on Southern Ocean dynamics, sea ice, and other ocean biogeochemical processes leveraging both climate models and observations.

In addition to her research, she is also active in outreach efforts—particularly science communication and education—as well as mentorship, professional development, and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts such as the ATOC REU program and prospective student committee. She also is actively interested in the nexus of climate science and industry with a focus on making science more accessible to those with direct impacts on climate action.

She spends what free time she has hiking, gardening, and playing with her dogs.


  • BS (Physics), University of New Hampshire, 2012