Dr. Enfield graduated in Physics and Geophysics from the University of California (Berkeley) in 1965. Following a stint in the Peace Corps teaching undergraduate Physics at a Chilean university (1965-1967), he obtained M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physical Oceanography at Oregon State University (OSU) in 1970 and 1973. He worked two years each as UNESCO Expert in Physical Oceanography in Ecuador (1973-1975) and as Scientific Liaison for the IDOE Coastal Upwelling Ecosystems Analysis (CUEA) Program in Peru (1975-1977). From 1977 through 1987 he did research and graduate teaching at Oregon State University, eventually becoming Associate Professor on the OSU academic faculty. Since 1987 he has been a Research Oceanographer at the NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, Florida, and has more than 60 refereed publications to his credit. In late 2008 he retired from government service and was presented with NOAA's prestigious Distinguished Career Award for seminal research in climate. He now continues to do climate research at the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies at the University of Miami's Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. His research interests include El Niño-Southern Oscillation, Atlantic Ocean variability, and their interactions with western hemisphere climate fluctuations.