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Dr. Don P. Chambers, Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1996

Dr. Chambers specializes in using satellite observations such as radar altimetry and satellite gravimetry to better understand ocean dynamics. Prior to coming to USF, he was a Research Scientist at the Center for Space Research at UT-Austin. His primary research focus is quantifying and understanding sea level variability, especially low frequency fluctuations related to climate change. He in interested in all the dynamical processes that cause sea level change, including ocean circulation, ocean heat storage, ocean mass redistribution, and influx of fresh water from the continents and ice sheets.

Dr. Chambers has been a member of several NASA satellite Science Teams, including TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason-1, and is currently a member of the NASA Ocean Surface Topography and GRACE Science Teams. His is also a Lead Author of the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report.

Dr. Jennifer A. Bonin, Scientific Researcher

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2010

Dr. Bonin specializes in data analysis methods and processing gravity data from the GRACE mission, and is currently studying high-frequency ocean bottom pressure variations in the Southern Ocean and the Arctic Ocean and mass losses of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets.

Jessica Makowski, MS Student

  1. B.S., University of North Carolina-Wilmington, 2010

Jessica is a third year Graduate Student and is investigating how accurately the transport variability of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current can be measured using satellite gavimetry data.

Michael Kosempa, Ph.D. Student

  1. B.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2006

Michael is a second year student investigating sub-surface geostrophic currents of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current computed from a combination of altimetry, gravity data, and in situ temperature/salinity profiles

Dr. Francisco “Kiko” Mir Calafat, Marie Curie Fellow

Ph.D., Intitut Mediterrani d’Estudis Avançats, Mallorca, Spain, 2010

Dr. Calafat is visiting our lab for two years as part of a European Union Fellowship program. He will be studying mechanisms of sea level variability in the North Atlantic, Arctic Ocean, and Mediterranean Sea.

Sarah Kwon, MS Student

  1. B.S., Eckerd College, 2012

Sarah is a new student to the program investigating how ocean mass redistribution causes fluctuations in the Earth’s rotation, especially the Chandler Wobble.