Dr. Robert Todd

Please welcome Dr. Robert Todd as CINAR's 2011 Postdoctoral Scholar.

Robert received his B.S. in Physics, Applied Mathematics, and Marine Science from North Carolina State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.


Robert is a physical oceanographer studying coastal processes. His previous work focused on the California Current System using autonomous underwater glider observations and a data-assimilating numerical simulations. At WHOI, he is focusing on processes occurring near the shelf break within the Mid-Atlantic Bight. Along the shelf break, a persistent front separates cool, fresh shelf water from warm, salty slope water and supports a variable alongshore jet. The shelf break region is also highly productive and supports important local fisheries. Working primarily with Glen Gawarkiewicz in the Physical Oceanography department, Robert will use observations from a variety of sources to investigate the temporal and spatial scales of variability in the region and to identify and better understand cross-frontal exchange in the area. He is also interested in studying similar shelf processes occurring off the coast of Greenland with Fiamma Straneo.


Robert's office is in Clark 349A, MS #21, and his email is rtodd@whoi.edu.