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School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment


Oceanography

The study of the geology, physics, chemistry, and biology of the oceans. Areas of current research include: carbon and nutrient cycling, satellite oceanography, geophysical fluid dynamics, sediment dynamics, turbulence, physical properties of sea water, terrestrial inputs to the marine environment, marine food webs, ocean and coastal currents, estuarine dynamics, primary productivity, air-sea interactions, waves, and tides.

Oceanography Faculty

Claudia

Claudia Benitez-Nelson

Biogeochemical cycling and export fluxes of nutrients. Global climate change in past and present day environments. Utilization of cosmogenic and uranium series radioisotopes to study ecological processes. Development of new analytical techniques.

Ronald

Ronald Benner

My research focuses on the carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorous cycles in aquatic environments, from wetlands to the open ocean. Experimental approaches are used to characterize biogeochemical processes and the roles of microorganisms as key players in the production and transformation of organic matter. Geochemical approaches are used to integrate processes over space and time.

Manuel

Manuel Bringué

I am an oceanographer in Bob Thunell's Marine Sediment Research Lab who studies living dinoflagellates in the modern coastal ocean, as well as their fossilized cysts in Quaternary sediments. My current focus is on studying dinoflagellate cyst production in the Cariaco Basin (off Venezuela) using one of the longest sediment trap time series in the world.

Subrahmanyam

Subrahmanyam Bulusu

My research is in Remote Sensing, Satellite Oceanography, Physical Oceanography and Air-Sea Interaction. My research has focused on the use of Satellite Remote Sensing for studying ocean circulation utilizing both active microwave sensors (altimeters, scatterometers, imagers) and passive optical sensors (ocean color and sea-surface-temperature), as well as in the combination of passive/active (radiometer/radar) instruments.

Kelly

Kelly Gibson

Reconstruction of abrupt climate/environmental change from marine sediments/microfossilsThe role of the tropics in the global climate systemBiogeochemical cycling of nutrients, minor, and trace elementsPaleoproxy development

Susan

Susan Lang

Assistant Professor, SEOE.  Aqueous biogeochemistry; water-rock-microbe interactions, particularly in hydrothermal and subsurface systems; stable (13C, 15N, 34S) and radiocarbon (14C) isotopes of organic molecules; serpentinization as a source of energy for microbes and the abiotic synthesis of organic molecules; past, present, and future cycling of carbon and nitrogen through the environment.

Tammi

Tammi Richardson

I study phytoplankton...the microscopic algae that give the ocean its greenish color and that photosynthesize, removing CO2 from the atmosphere. Specifically I'm interested in how light, nutrients, and temperature influence phytoplankton growth and taxonomic composition, including the development of "red tides" (harmful algal blooms).

Ryan

Ryan Rykaczewski

Fisheries Oceanography; Observation of long-term changes in ocean biogeochemistry and climate; Large-scale changes in oceanic and atmospheric properties of the North Pacific; Remote forcing of coastal conditions; Ocean acidification and deoxygenation; Size-structured interactions in ocean ecosystems

Robert

Robert Thunell

Reconstructing paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic conditions using deep sea sediments; measuring the production and flux of sediments in the ocean; calibration of paleoclimate proxies.

George

George Voulgaris

Shoreline evolution; nearshore and beach processes; surf-zone and continental shelf sediment transport; wave-current interaction; sediment re-suspension; hydrodynamic and turbulence measurements in the field and laboratory; time-series analysis; tidal propagation in estuaries and lagoons; numerical model applications to coastal zone; operational oceanography; HFR Surface Radar measurements.

Scott

Scott White

Most of the Earth's surface is hidden underwater, from the deep seafloor to wetland environments.  Revealing the patterns and processes in these marine environments is the overarching theme of Scott's research group in marine geology and geophysics. 

Alexander

Alexander Yankovsky

My primary research interests are focused on the flow dynamics on continental shelves, in marginal seas and in estuaries. This includes wind- and buoyancy-driven currents, transient and time-variable processes, long waves and wave-current interaction, mesoscale variability, and adjustment of waves and currents to topographic and coastline features. My research comprises numerical modeling and the analysis of observational data.