Yana Bebieva, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Tech

I work on a range of fluid dynamics and climate questions in the fields of physical oceanography and the physics of wildfires.


2018 - Yale University, Ph.D. in Geophysics

2013 - Utrecht University, MSc in Meteorology,

           Oceanography, and Climate

2007 - Moscow Institute of Physics and

           Technology, BSc in Applied Math and Physics

Contact information:

​Office # 3170, 311 Ferst Dr, Atlanta, GA 30318

+1 (404) 894-3893


From a young age, I was fascinated by the oceans. Growing up in a country where most of the coastline is on the Arctic Ocean naturally drew my interest in polar oceanography. Over the last decade, I have been conducting research using observational and modeling tools. I also enjoy working on the theory development of complex ocean systems. My published work was done in collaboration with researchers from MIT/WHOI, Yale University, Utrecht University, Jacksonville University, Florida State University, and Caltech.



"Evacuations have been ordered" - this is the phrase that increasingly appeared in many news articles over the last few years. Each fire season is almost always worse than in the previous year. Given my broad background in geophysical fluid dynamics, I started exploring open questions in the physics of wildfires. I would not be able to do this work without the undergraduate students whom I mentored at Florida State University and the collaborators from Los Alamos National Laboratory, United States Forest Service, Florida State University and Georgia Tech.