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PhD Student - Physical Oceanography
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I received a B.S. in Meteorology and Mathematics, both from The Florida State University (April 2007), and began my graduate work in Physical Oceanography in August 2007 at COAPS. My research at COAPS involves a study of the across-shelf transport in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. The aim of this study is to assess if the dynamics of across-shelf transport, offshore of the Big Bend region of Florida, can explain of the physical mechanism responsible for transporting gag (Mycteroperca microlepis) larvae from spawning grounds near the shelf break to sea grass beds at the coast. This transport of gag larvae occurs over the course of 40-60 days in the late winter and early spring. Analysis techniques involve the use of observational data and numerical results from a ROMS model configured for this region.