Dr. Pullen is Director of Product at Jupiter Intelligence, a start-up delivering hyper-local predictions of weather, water and climate impacts using cloud computing. She is an adjunct research scientist at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and advises the Environmental & Climate Sciences Department of Brookhaven National Laboratory. Previously Dr. Pullen was Associate Professor in Civil, Environmental, and Ocean Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology where she led international multidisciplinary teams in integrated oceanography, meteorology and urban field and modeling studies. She is a 2018 Fulbright Scholar (Philippines), a Fellow of the Explorers Club, and was a science fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.
Dr. Pullen's expertise spans climate, weather and hydroscience with a particular focus on high resolution coastal urban prediction for flooding, heatwaves and other perils. She has served on National Academy panels for climate and earth system prediction and headed the multi-million dollar DHS-funded National Center for Maritime Security. As a scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory, she pioneered the coupling of models of the ocean and atmosphere.
Dr. Pullen’s research has contributed to the understanding and development of resilience and sustainability in coastal environments, and the enhancement of Earth System Models on weather, subseasonal-to-seasonal, and climate timescales. Her work also improves the treatment of air/sea/urban processes within transport and dispersion models for chemical/biological radiological and nuclear (CBRN) applications.
Dr. Pullen currently serves on the Steering Committee of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Commission on the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise. Previously, she was the elected physical oceanography councilor for The Oceanography Society (2015-2018). Dr. Pullen was part of the National Academies committee to review the recently released Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4): Impacts. She was a member of the 2014-2016 National Academies committee on Earth System Prediction and is on the international GODAE Coastal Ocean and Shelf Seas Task Team. Dr. Pullen is a board member of the Waterfront Alliance, a civic organization representing over 1000 groups with a stake in the NY/NJ waterfront, and is co-chair of the policy committee. She was a chapter co-author of the 2015 New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC2) report.
With support from the Carnegie Corporation Professor Pullen has developed Nuclear Issues and Civil Protection initiatives, including a workshop and a graduate course on Nuclear Security and Terrorism. Most recently she was co-PI on a collaborative project "Reinventing Civil Defense." She is a member of the advisory board of the Federation of American Scientists and was on the Regional Catastrophic Planning Team (NY/NJ/CT/PA) Improvised Nuclear Device (IND) Science Plan Committee.
Dr. Pullen has served on program committees of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Coastal Environments (chair), Gordon Research Conference on Coastal Ocean Modeling, International Waterside Security Conference, and co-chaired the Ocean Sciences Meeting (2010) and Maritime Risk Symposium (2015). In September 2017 she led the first international workshop on "Coastal Hydrology and Surface Processes linked to Air/Sea Modeling."
Dr. Pullen holds a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in physical oceanography from Oregon State University. As an undergraduate at Macalester College she majored in physics and math. She was the first undergraduate intern at the Santa Fe Institute and later worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Center for Nonlinear Studies. Her science roots are in complexity theory.