Ocean Sciences

Department Faculty


Lisa Beal

Professor
Associate Dean of Research

l.beal@miami.edu

(305) 421-4093
Lisa Beal is a Professor of Oceanography in the Ocean Sciences department at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She is an expert on the Agulhas System of currents off South Africa and has brought recognition to the key role this System plays in a warming climate through her publications and...

Michael G. Brown

Professor

m.brown3@miami.edu

(305) 421-4640
underwater sound propagation, Lagrangian dynamics and transport processes in the ocean and atmosphere, surface gravity wave dynamics.

Hilary Close

Asst. Professor

hclose@rsmas.miami.edu

(305) 421-4306 x54306
Marine organic geochemistry. I am broadly interested in picking apart the processes of production, physical movement or mixing, and degradation of organic matter in complex natural environments, modern or ancient, with a goal toward understanding how ecological change translates into larger-scale effects on the marine carbon cycle. One of my...

William Melville Drennan

Professor

w.drennan@miami.edu

(305) 421-4798
Air-sea interaction, turbulence, boundary layers, surface gravity waves.

Rana A. Fine

Professor

rfine@rsmas.miami.edu

(305) 421-4722
Rana Fine is a Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Ocean Sciences at the Universityof Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Her research has focused onlarge scale ocean circulation and ventilation of the ocean by atmospheric gases. Fine’s globalmeasurements and publications have contributed...

Hans C Graber

Professor

hans@miami.edu

(305) 421-4952
Surface wave dynamics, microwave remote sensing of ocean processes, air-sea interaction and boundary-layer dynamics.

Dennis A Hansell

Professor

d.hansell@miami.edu

(305) 421-4078
Dennis A. Hansell is a professor in the Department of Ocean Sciences at the Rosenstiel School. His research interests are in the biogeochemistry of the major elements (such as carbon and nitrogen), primarily conducted by inferring the biological processing of those elements from their spatial and temporal variations. Hansell teaches courses in...

Jim Happell

Research Assoc. Professor

j.happell@miami.edu

(305) 421-4111
One of my research interests involves the use of transient tracers, such as chlorofluorocarbons and tritium, to determine groundwater flow patterns and rates. I am also interested in the role of soils in the global budget of halogenated atmospheric trace gases. I am currently conducting a project that is focusing on obtaining a better estimate...

Brian K Haus

Professor

b.haus@miami.edu

(305) 421-4932
Experimental studies of coastal ocean surface currents for application to oil spill transport prediction and response (CARTHE); radar remote sensing of oceanographic processes from satellites in collaboration with CSTARS and from coastal radars (http://iwave.rsmas.miami.edu); shelf and inlet dynamics; wave-current interactions;...

Mohamed Iskandarani

Professor

m.iskandarani@miami.edu

(305) 421-4045
Mohamed Iskandarani is a Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Ocean Sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. He also holds an adjunct faculty position in the department of Computer Science. His expertise revolves around the development of new computational methods and their...

William E Johns

Professor

w.johns@miami.edu

(305) 421-4054
Dr. Johns is a seagoing oceanographer specializing in the use of long-term moored instrumentation to study ocean circulation. His research involves studies of the large-scale wind-driven circulation, with emphasis on the dynamics of western boundary currents, and on deep flows related to the global thermohaline circulation and climate...

Igor Kamenkovich

Professor

i.kamenkovich@miami.edu

(305) 421-4108
Igor Kamenkovich is an Associate Professor of Oceanography in the Ocean Sciences Department at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Kamenkovich is studying ocean dynamics and its role in climate, and his research has focused on mesoscale (tens to hundreds of kilometers) and large-scale...

Vassiliki H. Kourafalou

Research Professor

v.kourafalou@miami.edu

(305) 421-4905
Villy Kourafalou is Research Professor at the Department of Ocean Sciences in the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She is an expert in coastal dynamics, extending to the shelf break processes and interaction with oceanic flows.  Kourafalou has taught courses on Coastal Oceanography and...

Arthur J. Mariano

Professor

a.mariano@miami.edu

(305) 421-4193
Arthur J. Mariano is a Professor of Physical Oceanography in the Department of Ocean Sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Mariano is a mathematician who studies the ocean and his research interests are ocean currents, ocean prediction, data assimilation, Lagrangian data analyzes,...

Frank J. Millero

Professor Emeritus

f.millero@miami.edu

(305) 421-4707
My major research interests are in the application of physical chemical principles to natural waters. I attempt to understand how ionic interactions affect the thermodynamics and kinetics of processes occurring in the oceans. Ionic interaction models are used to estimate the activity and speciation of ions in natural waters of known composition....

Peter J Minnett

Professor

p.minnett@miami.edu

(305) 421-4104
Peter Minnett is a Professor in the Department of Ocean Sciences at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami. His research is primarily concentrated on satellite remote sensing of the sea surface (especially in the infrared), microscale effects occurring at the sea surface, diurnal heating of the upper ocean,...

Maria J Olascoaga

Professor

m.olascoaga@miami.edu

(305) 421-4647
Maria Josefina Olascoaga is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ocean Sciences at the Rosenstiel School. Her research focuses on the study of transport and mixing in the ocean. She has contributed to make the modern dynamical systems concept of Lagrangian Coherent Structures widely recognized by the international oceanographic community...

Donald B Olson

Professor

d.olson@miami.edu

(305) 284-2180
Donald B. Olson is a Professor in the Department of Ocean Sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. He is the Associate Director of the Marine Science Undergraduate Program, and a senior member of the Ecosystem Science and Policy steering committee. Olson is an expert on mesoscale...

Tamay M Ozgokmen

Professor

t.ozgokmen@miami.edu

(305) 421-4053
Tamay Ozgokmen is a Professor in the Department of Ocean Sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. He is interested in oceanographic studies that combine social impact with a grand scientific challenge. In particular, he strives to better understanding oil spills and...

Claire B Paris-Limouzy

Professor

c.parislimouzy@miami.edu

(305) 421-4219
Claire Paris is a biological oceanographer with a diverse background in larval ecology, coastal oceanography, and numerical modeling. She has brought recognition to the key role of behavior of the pelagic larval stage in the connectivity of marine populations and the function of ecosystems. She leads a team of researchers and students at the...

Guillermo P Podesta

Research Professor

g.podesta@miami.edu

(305) 421-4142
Guillermo Podestá is a Professor of Ocean Sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. His research interests include the modeling and understanding of complex coupled natural-human systems, decisionmaking under risk and uncertainty, and the design and implementation of...

Kim Popendorf

Asst. Professor

kxp442@miami.edu

(305) 421-4328
I am a chemical oceanographer, interested in the role marine microbes play in global biogeochemical cycles, with an emphasis on linking the rates of chemical processes with the activity of microbes. Marine microbes are diverse, abundant, and dynamic. Their activity is instrumental in determining the magnitude and rate of fluxes of oxygen,...

Roland Romeiser

Assoc. Professor

rromeiser@rsmas.miami.edu

(305) 421-4645
Roland Romeiser is an Associate Professor in the Ocean Sciences department at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. He is working in the field of ocean remote sensing by radar, with emphasis on the interpretation of images from conventional and interferometric synthetic aperture radar (SAR)...

Lynn Keith Shay

Professor

l.shay@miami.edu

(305) 421-4075
Lynn K (Nick) Shay is a Professor of Oceanography in the Ocean Sciences Department at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Shay’s research focuses on mesoscale air-sea interactions and coastal ocean processes for both weak and strong winds such as tropical cyclones (e.g., hurricanes)....

Sharon Louise Smith

Professor Emeritus

s.smith2@miami.edu

(305) 421-4819
Ecology of zooplankton, particularly copepods and euphausiids, in highly productive ecosystems and strongly physically forced oceanic environments such as upwelling areas, polar regions and coastal zones. These studies include population dynamics, community structure and spatial distribution of zooplankton in the Bering Sea, East Greenland Sea,...

John C. Van Leer

Assoc. Professor

j.vanleer@miami.edu

(305) 421-4044
John Van Leer is an Associate Professor in the Department in Ocean Sciences Department of the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.   He is an expert in ocean Instrumentation, impacts of global warming on coastal Florida and the Arctic drivers of these changes.  He is also...

Charles Linwood Vincent

Research Professor

c.vincent@miami.edu

(305) 421-4717
Research interests include air-sea interaction and surface wave dynamics, high resolution simulation of the ocean-wave-air interface, remote sensing of the ocean, coastal processes.

Jorge F Willemsen

Professor

j.willemsen@miami.edu

(305) 421-4199
Jorge Willemsen is a Professor in the Department of Ocean Sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. He is an expert on deterministic modeling of ocean surface gravity waves and physical mechanisms for the transport of nutrients and plankton.  Willemsen has taught graduate-level...

Jingfeng Wu

Professor

j.wu2@miami.edu

(305) 421-4714
My research interests focus on developing sampling and analytical techniques to understand the distribution, speciation (organic complexation and size-fractionation) and isotopic composition of iron, lead and other trace metals in oceanic waters and the relationship between dust, iron in the ocean and ocean productivity.