Dr. Murtugudde studies the effects of the ocean's microscopic floating plants, or phytoplankton. He has discovered that, in aggregate, phytoplankton produce enough heat to affect large-scale weather patterns. In work funded by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Murtugudde has discovered that climate models must take into account the effects of phytoplankton to predict El Niños and La Niñas. Recent work focuses on down-scaling climate predictions to local scales needed for public health policy and environmental public health research. He is currently collaborating with Dr. Amir Sapkota on several projects.
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas- Arlington B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology- Bombay