Who am I?
My name is Fernando Paolo and I am a researcher at the Institute of Geophysics & Planetary Physics, department of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. My research focuses on the study of the Antarctic Ice Sheet using satellite observations. I work in the Glaciology and Remote Sensing Laboratory where I use a variety of space geodetic measurements to investigate changes in the Antarctic System and their relationship to large-scale climate change.
Originally from Brazil, I first became interested in polar research during my undergraduate years while participating in an expedition to Antarctica for over a month (as part of the Brazilian Antarctic Program). Seeking a multidisciplinary Earth Science education I studied Oceanography at the University of Sao Paulo, where as an undergraduate I was first exposed to the science of remote sensing and had the opportunity to participate in several scientific cruises in the South Atlantic Ocean. During my Masters in Geophysics I gained further experience in space geodesy by deriving the marine gravity field using satellite altimetry and shipborne measurements. After completing my B.S. and M.S. degrees I moved to California/USA to pursue a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences at Scripps/UCSD. Following my fascination in observing the Earth from space, I use very precise satellite-based measurements to detect changes in the polar ice sheets and study the ice-climate interaction. While not in the lab I can be found in the outdoors, running, cycling, climbing and traveling to all sort of places.
About this site
I started this site as a place to keep information, source code and documentation available on the web (mostly for myself). Feel free to grab and modify anything you may find useful (for some inconceivable reason). I designed the website with a responsive layout. It will fully adapt to the resolution and screen size of your device (mobile, tablet or desktop).
Coded by Fernando Paolo / inspired on stamen.com, bost.ocks.org, gist.io, orderedlist.com, dolphm.com / licensed under CC BY 3.0 / powered by Python / hosted on GitHub / written using VIM / crafted with HTML5, CSS3, Markdown
Why a minimal design?
The website design follows a minimalistic approach, inspired on some very nice websites out there (I really appreciate design and typography). So why a minimal design? In a visually striking polluted world, a minimalistic layout recovers the beauty of simplicity and sophistication. The aesthetics of modern design is clean and focuses on the contents' essential, reducing the (usually complex) subject to its fundamental features, and nothing more...
"In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness."
—Antoine de Saint Exupery
"The public is more familiar with bad design than good design. It is, in effect, conditioned to prefer bad design, because that is what it lives with. The new becomes threatening, the old reassuring."