Tuesday July 22, 2014 Site Updated: June 26, 2014 Doron Nof, Ph.D.
Distinguished Nansen Professor of Physical Oceanography
(850) 644-2736
Mailing Address: Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
419, 117 N. Woodward Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32306
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Name: Doron Nof, Ph.D.
Email: nof@fsu.edu
Title: Fridtjof Nansen Professor of Physical Oceanography
Phone: 850/644-2736
Fax: 850/644-2581
Ph.D.University of Wisconsin, Madison
M.S. Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
B.S. Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

Dr. Nof's Biographical History

Name: Donna Samaan
Email: dsamaan@fsu.edu
Title: Researcher
Office: 425 OSB
Phone: 850/644-5429
Fax: 850/644-2581
B.A. 1985. International Affairs, Florida State University
M.P.A. 1992 Public Administration, University of South Florida
Donna assists Doron with grant proposal preparation and administration. This includes the construction of figures and diagrams, editing, and correspondence with various grant organizations.

Name: Stephen Van Gorder, MS
Email: vangorder@ocean.fsu.edu
Title: Assistant in Research
Office: 421 OSB
Phone: 850/644-2447
Fax: 850/644-2581
B.A.1973. Applied Mathematics, Florida State University
M.S.1975. Applied Mathematics, Florida State University
Steve's work focuses on analytical and numerical modeling of ocean physics for our research group. This includes designing and running computer models for specific oceanic processes, creating computer graphics for publication from the model results and programming calculations with observational data to compare theory with reality. Steve also servers the informal duties of "resident computer guru", and in that capacity sometimes assist other members of the group with various computer related stuff.

Name: Mona Behl
Email: behl@ocean.fsu.edu
Title: Ph.D. Graduate
Office: OSB 417
MSc (Honors) in Physics from Panjab University, Chandigarh,India
BSc (Honors) in Physics from Panjab University, Chandigarh,India
My research area aims to find interconnections and interdependence of climatic variations and the ocean currents. This study will become crucial in view of the global warming threat. Therefore my research area is focused at finding orchestration between oceanic events like ocean currents, geostropic currents, surface waves, inertial oscillations, and tides that in turn shape up climatic realities like El Nino, and La Nina. This will enable us to optimize our weather predictions over a longer period of time.

Name: Lakshika Girihagama
Email: girihagama@ocean.fsu.edu
Title: Graduate Student
Office: 417 OSB
My research aims to study of the ocean and its relationship to the interaction with the atmosphere above through analytical modeling and data analysis. Together with this I would like to study interconnections and interdependence of climatic variations and physical characteristics of oceans which are more important for determination of the role of the ocean in long term climate change.

Name: Karina Khazmutdinova
Email: kk11m@my.fsu.edu
Title: Graduate Student
Office: 424 OSB
B.S. 2010. Applied Mathematics, National University of Science and Technology (MISIS), Moscow, Russia
My primary interests lie in paleoceanography and paleoclimatology, cave meteorology, air exchange within a cave. Being a natural laboratory, a cave carries imprints of ancient and recent climates, allowing us a unique setting for studying climate change. My work focuses on understanding of the cave’s breathing patterns through the main opening and through “chimneys.” Proper modeling and simulation of airflow in the cavern will help interpret speleothem records more accurately and see if there is any airflow impact on speleothems’ growing patterns.

Name: Volodymyr Zharkov
Email: zharkov@ocean.fsu.edu
Title: Post-doctoral Fellow, FSU, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute/ Los Alamos National Laboratories
Office: 403 OSB
Phone: 850.645.8480
B.S. - Mechanics (Fluid Dynamics), Rostov State University, Russia; Candidate Thesis in Geophysics-Marine Hydrophysical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian S.S.R., Sevastopol, Ukraine Ph.D. - Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Florida State University
My research involves analytical and numerical modeling of coastal slants relation to ring generation from retroflecting currents. The aim is to determine critical coastal slants, above which the generation of rings is prohibited (East Australian current at present and Agulhas current during glacials), and below which a chain of generated rings is formed (Agulhas current and North Brazil current at present). We have shown recently that, for the Brazil Current, the lack of eddy generation is not due to its interaction with the opposing Malvinas current but rather due to the slant, which is super-critical (i.e., it is above the critical value). The model of the coastline with a ‘kink’ provides an explanation for the anti-correlation between the incoming flux of the Agulhas Current and the leakage into the South Atlantic. In a separate investigation, I analyze destabilizing modes in the combined model of Indian and South Atlantic gyres connected via Agulhas current. The aim is to examine the possibility of ring formation due to barotropic instabilities in the Agulhas system.


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