About the Authors

Daniel R. Lynch

Dartmouth College

Daniel R. Lynch is MacLean Professor of Engineering Science, Emeritus at Dartmouth College; and through 2016, Adjunct Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He has published extensively on simulation methods in coastal oceanography. He co-founded the Gordon Research Conference in Coastal Ocean Modeling, was executive director of the Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine, and served on the executive committee of the US GLOBEC Northwest Atlantic Program. He developed the Numerical Methods Laboratory at Dartmouth around the theme of interdisciplinary computational engineering and authored the textbook Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations for Environmental Scientists and Engineers (Springer, 2005). He is co-editor of Professions and the Common Good (2006), a contributor to the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century (2008), and author of Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Scientists and Engineers (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

David A. Greenberg

Bedford Institute of Oceanography

David A. Greenberg is an Emeritus Research Scientist at the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Bedford Institute of Oceanography. His research includes model development and application for tidal circulation and resonance, sediment transport, intertidal flooding, sea level rise, tidal power, biological productivity, and aquaculture. Major shelf areas he covers include the Fundy-Maine region, the Newfoundland shelf, the Scotian shelf, and the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

Ata Bilgili

Istanbul Technical University

Ata Bilgili is a Professor of Coastal and Ocean Engineering at Istanbul Technical University. His research includes the application of particle techniques to wind-dominated coastal systems, the optimization of particle-tracking methods on high-performance computing platforms, particle applications to sediment and water-quality problems, and simulation of intertidal inundation processes. His additional interests include unstructured mesh generation, environmental contingency planning for ports and harbors, and the advancement of maritime-engineering education.

Dennis J. McGillicuddy, Jr

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Dennis J. McGillicuddy, Jr is a senior scientist in the department of applied ocean physics and engineering at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. His primary research interest is the interface between fluid dynamics and the biology of the sea. He is a recipient of the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (1998), the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography’s Lindeman Award (2000) and the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel Award (2008). He is author or co-author of more than one hundred refereed publications. Dr McGillicuddy has been very active in the oversight of large interdisciplinary oceanographic programs on both national and international levels, having served on the scientific steering committees of the Joint Global Ocean Flux Study, the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Program, and the Global Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms. He currently serves as deputy director of the Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health.

James P. Manning

NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center

James P. Manning has been at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Northeast Fisheries Science Center for more than twenty-five years. He has been responsible for building and deploying low-cost observation systems throughout the Gulf of Maine and the southern New England shelf. His web-served data archive includes more than five million hourly values of moored bottom temperatures and more than a million kilometers of surface-drifter tracks and is used in data assimilation and validation for coastal models. He conceived and coordinates the eMOLT program, a partnership with New England fishermen’s associations to monitor the sea floor by instrumenting lobster traps and deploying drifters built by students.

Alfredo L. Aretxabaleta

US Geological Survey

Alfredo L. Aretxabaleta is an oceanographer with the US Geological Survey (USGS) Coastal and Marine Science Center in Woods Hole. His primary research interest is on the repercussions that physical processes have on sediment and biological dynamics. He works on sediment transport problems in the coastal ocean, especially during storm event, including cohesion, resuspension, and redistribution. He has also studied the processes controlling water level in coastal and estuarine environments including tidal effects, storm events, and sea level rise. He has worked on observation, data assimilation, and real-time forecasting relative to harmful algal blooms and groundfish recruitment in the western Atlantic, and with the Institut de Ciencias del Mar (Barcelona) in the development of satellite sensing of ocean salinity. He is one of the authors of Project Earth Science: Physical Oceanography (NSTA Press, 2011).

Cassie Stymiest


Cassie Stymiest is the Web Manager for this website, and also the Program Director of the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation in Kennebunk, Maine. As the Student Drifter Program coordinator, she works closely with scientists and students, bringing particle tracking from the ocean into the classroom. She is also a member (and past Chair) of the New England Ocean Science Education Collaboration (NEOSEC) and on the board of directors for the Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association (GOMMEA).