Center for Maritime and Port Studies

Personnel

Mark E. Luther, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Director, Center for Maritime and Port Studies

College of Marine Science

 

University of South Florida

140 Seventh Avenue South, MSL202

St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5016

 

Office phone: (727) 553-1528

Fax:  (727) 553-1189

Cell: (727) 410-2838

mluther@usf.edu

Vitae

Dr. Luther received his doctoral degree in Physical Oceanography from the University of

North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982.  Dr. Luther is an Associate Professor and director of the Ocean Monitoring and Prediction Lab and director of the Center for Maritime and Port Studies in the University of South Florida College of Marine Science.  Dr. Luther co-directs the Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System for West Florida (http://comps.marine.usf.edu/) with Dr. Robert Weisberg.  Dr. Luther's research involves the combination of real-time ocean observations with numerical models of ocean currents and processes and their application to various problems ranging from maritime safety and

security to water quality in estuaries and effects of climate change. He has provided operation and maintenance support for the NOAA/NOS Tampa Bay Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (TB-PORTS) since 1995. He was a member of the

committee that selected and oversaw implementation of the first Automated Identification System (AIS) for Tampa Bay vessel traffic in 1998.  He presently serves on the Tampa Bay Harbor Safety and Security Committee Vessel Movement Committee, the DHS Area Maritime Security Committee, and the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Agency on Bay Management.

Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Mathematics and Physics A.B. 1976

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  Physical Oceanograpy M.S. 1980

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  Physical Oceanograpy M.S. 1982

Steven Meyers, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist

Center for Maritime and Port Studies

College of Marine Science

 

University of South Florida

140 Seventh Avenue South, MSL 140H

St. Petersburg, FL 33701

 

Office phone: (727) 553-1188

Fax:  (727) 553-1189

Cell: (941) 720-4204

smeyers@mail.usf.edu

Vitae

Dr. Meyers is the Chief Scientist at the Ocean Center for Maritime and Port Studies at the University of South Florida, College of Marine Science. He has over two decades of experience working with estuarine circulation models and observational data. His work includes studies of ocean wind, waves, tides, currents, fresh water influences, natural and anthropogenic climate variability, and large-scale human construction. His current work includes big data problems to enhance maritime domain awareness through the use of operational oceanographic data, and the interaction between maritime operations and the environment.

Education

ONR Educator Postdoctoral Fellow, 1991-1993. Florida State University.
Faculty Advisor: James J. O’Brien

Ph.D. Physics, 1990. University of Texas at Austin.

Faculty Advisor: Harry L. Swinney

B.S. Physics and B.A. Mathematics, 1984. University of Rochester.

 

Jeff Scudder

Senior Systems Engineer
College of Marine Science

 

University of South Florida

140 Seventh Avenue South, MSL 159B

St. Petersburg, FL 33701

 

(727) 553-1137

Fax (727) 553-1189

Cell (727) 946-3005

 

jscudder@usf.edu

Education

Richard Stockton College, Pomona, NJ Bachelor of Science in Marine Science, May 1990.

Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ Certificate of Proficiency in Electronic Engineering Technology.

University of South Florida, College of Marine Science Completed the core course work requirements (12 graduate credit hours) for an MS or PH.D. Degree.

Alumni

Thomas Whal, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scientist

 

Currently Professor at the University of Central Florida

Education

03/2008 – 06/2012 PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Siegen, Germany

 

Monica Wilson, Ph.D.

 Gulf Oil Spill Research Extension Specialist

Florida Sea Grant College Program UF/IFAS Extension

 https://www.flseagrant.org/about/staff/monica-wilson/

 

USF College of Marine Science

KRC 3115

140 Seventh Avenue South

St. Petersburg, FL 33701

 

Phone: (727) 553-3516

 

MonicaWilson447@ufl.edu

www.flseagrant.org

Education

Ph.D., Marine Science, University of South Florida

M.S., Marine Science, University of South Florida

B.S., Marine Science and Computer Science, Eckerd College

Interns

Rebecca George
2017-2018

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