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Physical Oceanography Research

Areas of Research
  • Gulf Stream Dynamics (Craig Gilman)
  • Estuarine and Continental Shelf Processes (Louis Keiner)
  • Ocean/atmosphere interactions, including hurricanes, El Nino, and coastal weather patterns (Craig Gilman)
  • Remote Sensing (Craig Gilman, Louis Keiner)
  • Physics of the coastal ocean, hypoxia and ocean currents, seafloor topography and mixing ratios (Diane Fribance)
  • Diane Fribance, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor) received a B.A. in computer science from Williams College in 2003, and has a master's degree and a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Connecticut. She was the recipient of a National Research Council fellowship and spent two years working for the Naval Research Laboratory at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Her research focuses on the physics of the coastal oceans, including estuarine health and circulation, effects of hurricanes on coastal transport, and the connections between seafloor topography and mixing rates.
  • Craig Gilman, Ph.D. (Associate Professor) has research interests in the interdisciplinary field of atmosphere/ocean dynamics and satellite oceanography. Several of his recent research projects encompass Gulf Stream dynamics, hurricane formation, and impacts of El Nino.
  • Louis Keiner, Ph.D. (Associate Professor) research interests lie in the areas of satellite remote sensing and coastal ocean dynamics. He is currently involved in projects dealing with the analysis of oceanic chlorophyll concentrations and sea surface temperatures off the South Carolina coast, the use of neural network algorithms to analyze satellite data, and the current dynamics of coastal inlets.