As a research scientist at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, Marjahn Finlayson, MRes. has introduced atmospheric science and meteorology to South Eleuthera. From 2021, she has led projects focused on tropical cyclone development projections using PRIMAVERA (from EU Horizon 2020 data) outputs, studied weather and climate conditions in the South Eleutheran community, conducted community surveys on perceptions of climate change, and headed sea glider launches and recoveries with the University of Miami and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She has collaborated with local Bahamian and international institutions and scientists to provide accessible documentation and studies on climate change, hurricanes, and weather.
Marjahn began her earth science career at Wesleyan University, where she learned about tropical cyclones, palaeoclimatology and climate modelling. As a junior, she worked with NOAA scientists at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (NOAA GFDL) and wrote an undergraduate dissertation on the impacts of the El Niño Southern Oscillation on tropical cyclones in the North Atlantic Basin, based on this research. In 2020, she earned a Master's in Research from the University of Leeds in Climate and Atmospheric Science. There she studied storm track movement and statistical analysis under different climate scenarios presented in IPCC AR5. Between her undergraduate and graduate studies, Marjahn discovered her love for teaching and working with students of all ages. Based on her work in education and community engagement for climate science and weather, she founded ClimateEdu Bahamas and Fin Forecasts in 2022 as conduits to extend her reach in this work.
Marjahn studies severe weather in our changing climate, especially for island nations and communities. This research is personal because, as a Bahamian, her communities are most vulnerable to the most adverse effects of climate change.