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Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences


H. Rodger Harvey
Chair, Professor
(757) 683-6298

  • Ph.D., University of Georgia (1985)
  • Interests: Organic Geochemistry and Biogeochemistry. Sources, transformation and fate of organic compounds in aquatic environments and their linkages with climate. Natural product biochemistry.

Julian R. Ashford
Research Associate Professor
(757) 683-4804

  • Ph.D., Old Dominion University  (2001)
  • Interests: Sampling recreational and commercial fisheries; population structure and life history of marine fish, principally in the Antarctic, and their linkage to ocean structure and circulation

Larry P. Atkinson
Eminent Professor
CCPO 3233
(757) 683-4926

  • Ph.D.,Dalhousie University (1972)
  • Interests:  Nutrient supplies and hydrographic variability
Jens F. J. Bischof
Research Assistant Professor
OEAS 339
(757) 683-5987
  • Ph.D., Kiel University, Keil Germany, (1990)
  • Interests:Identification of ice rafted sand grains which can be frequently found dispersed in glacial marine deep-sea sediments
Alexander Bochdansky
Associate Professor
OEAS 419
(757) 683-4933
  • Ph.D., Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada (1997)
  • Interests:  Ecophysiology of zooplankton; trophic interactions; heterogeneity in the (feeding) environment; assimilation of organic nutrients; bioenergetics.
David J. Burdige
Professor and Eminent Scholar
OEAS 439
(757) 683-4930
  • Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego (1983)
  • Interests:  Biogeochemical processes in estuarine and marine sediments; marine organic geochemistry; manganese and iron redox chemistry; mathematical modeling of geochemical processes.

Phoebe Dreux Chappell
Assistant Professor
OEAS 333
(757) 683-4937

  • Ph.D. MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Chemical Oceanography (2009)
  • Interests:  Marine genomics/transcriptomics; marine microbiology; trace metal biogeochemistry; phytoplankton cultivation and physiology. I combine molecular biological tools and analysis of trace metal and macronutrient concentrations in seawater to link biological activity and chemical distributions in controlled laboratory settings and the field.

Gregory A. Cutter
OEAS 431
(757) 683-4929

  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz (1982).
  • Interests:  Processes affecting trace element speciation and distributions in natural waters and sediments; air-sea transport and exchange of gases and trace elements; paleoceanographic tracers; analytical methods for aquatic chemistry; computer modeling of geochemical processes.

Fred C. Dobbs
OEAS 443
(757) 683-5329

  • Ph.D., Florida State University (1987)
  • Interests:  Marine microbial ecology and biogeochemistry, particularly of benthic systems

Tal Ezer
Affiliated faculty of Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center (VMASC)
CCPO 3217
(757) 683-5631

  • Ph.D., Florida State University (1989)
  • Interests: Ocean mixing processes, data assimilation and numerical ocean modeling and prediction, from coastal circulation to basin-scale climate problems.

Thomas Gatski
Research Professor
CCPO 3204
(757) 683-5526

  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University (1976)
  Jennifer Georgen
Associate Professor
OEAS 425
(757) 683-5198
  • Ph.D., MIT (2001)
  • Interests:  Marine geology and geophysics 
Chester E. Grosch
Professor of Oceanography
Professor of Computer Science
CCPO 3221
(757) 683-4931
  • Ph.D., Stevens Institute of Technology (1967)
  • Interests:  Fluid dynamics, boundary layers, stability, computational fluid dynamics
Victoria Hill

Victoria Hill
Assistant Research Professor
Graduate Student Coordinator
OEAS 343
(757) 683-4911

  • Ph.D., Southampton Institute (2002)
  • Interests:  Bio-optical oceanography, polar environments, chemotaxonomic pigment markers, remote sensing algorithms for chlorophyll and productivity.
Eileen E. Hofmann
CCPO 3227
(757) 683-5334
  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University (1980)
  • Interests:  Physical-biological interactions and descriptive physical oceanography.
Cynthia M. Jones
Eminent Scholar & Professor
Director of the Center for Quantitative Fisheries Ecology  
CQFE 447
(757) 683-4497
  • Ph.D., University of Rhode Island (1984)
  • Interests:  Fisheries Ecology
John M. Klinck
Director of the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography
CCPO 3237
(757) 683-6005
  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University (1980)
  • Interests:  Analytical and numerical modeling of biological and physical processes in the ocean.
John R. McConaugha
Associate Professor
OEAS 423
(757) 683-4698
  • Ph.D., University of Southern California (1977)
  • Interests:  Fisheries oceanography, larval transport, invertebrate development and physiology.
Margaret R. Mulholland
OEAS 435
(757) 683-3972
  • Ph.D., University of Maryland (1998)
  • Interests:  Nitrogen Cycling, Phytoplankton Dynamics, Microbial Ecology, Dissolved Organic Material Cycling
Nora Noffke
Associate Professor
OEAS 329
(757) 683-3313
  • Ph.D., University of Oldenburg Germany (1997)
  • Interests:  Biosedimentary dynamics of siliciclastic marine environments; co-evolution of sedimentary systems and benthic bacteria during Earth history; Astrobiology.

Peter N. Sedwick
Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director
OEAS 415
(757) 683-4936

  • Ph.D., University of Hawaii (1991)
  • Interests:  Marine biogeochemistry of trace metals and their role in regulating marine primary production; atmospheric transport and deposition of trace metals to the ocean; paleoenvironmental records in marine sediments and ice cores.
Elizabeth A. Smith Elizabeth A. Smith
Research Assistant Professor
Coordinator, ODU Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative
OEAS 421
(757) 683-5842
  • M.S., Florida State University (1987)
  • Interests:  Coordination and facilitation of large-scale, multi-disciplinary research


Shannon L. Wells
OEAS 441
(757) 683-3676

  • Ph.D., Old Dominion University (2009)
  • Interests: crustacean physiology and ecology
G. Richard Whittecar

G. Richard Whittecar
Associate Professor
OEAS 417
(757) 683-5197

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison (1979)
  • Interests:  Geomorphology and hydrology of estuarine, fluvial, and palustrine wetlands

Richard C. Zimmerman
OEAS 337
(757) 683-5991

  • Ph.D., University of Southern California (1983)
  • Interests:  Ecological physiology of marine autotrophs, metabolic regulation of carbon and nutrient dynamics in marine ecosystems, radiative transfer and remote sensing of optically shallow waters, ecosystem productivity and numerical modeling.

Professor Emeritus

Dennis A. Darby

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (1971)
  • Interests:  Sedimentary processes

Donald J. P. Swift

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina (1964)
  • Interests:  Fluid and sediment dynamics in shallow marine environments

Ann Gargett

  • Ph.D., University of British Columbia (1970)
Ronald Johnson
  • Ph.D., Oregon State University (1972)
  • Interests:  Generation and distribution of water masses, oceanic circulation, theory of waves and tides
Ali A. Nowroozi
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • Interests:  Application of geophysical methods in environmental studies and Earth mineral resources. Seismology. Earthquake risk; Plate ectonics of Middle East; Evaluation of saltwater/freshwater interface.
George F. Oertel
  • Ph.D., University of Iowa (1971)
  • Interests:  Interactions between barrier lagoons and boundary environments around barrier lagoons
Thomas C. Royer
  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University (1969)
  • Interests:  Deep ocean and coastal hydrography and currents, long time series measurements, air-sea interactions

Joseph H. Rule

  • Ph.D., University of Missouri, Columbia (1972)
  • Interests:  Geochemistry of trace metals in rocks, soils, sediments, waters and organisms in the environment


George T.F. Wong

  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1976)
  • Interests: Redox chemistry of trace elements; Carbon and nutrient cycles