Ali is a lecturer in environmental fluid dynamics and an affiliate of the Grantham Institute of Climate Change and the Environment. His group studies ocean and climate dynamics and the global carbon cycle using a combination of theoretical, observational and computational methods. The focus is on both enhancing fundamental physical understand and applications to climate modeling and climate change mitigation.
Ali holds a NERC Independent Research Fellowship. Previously, he held positions at the University of Oxford, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and MIT. He received his PhD from the University of Toronto.