Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography

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Faculty

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Dylan McNamara

Chair & Professor
910-962-2588
mcnamarad@uncw.edu
DeLoach Hall 211
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Education
  • Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography/UCSD
  • M.S., San Diego State University
  • B.S., Salisbury University
Research Interests
  • The dynamics of coupled human-environmental systems, complex adaptive systems theory, and nonlinear data forecasting.
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Moorad Alexanian

Professor
910-962-3463
alexanian@uncw.edu
DeLoach Hall 216
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Education
  • M.S., Ph.D. Indiana University
  • B.S., University of Rhode Island
Research Interests
  • Theoretical physics
  • Quantum optics
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Frederick Bingham

Professor
910-962-2383
binghamf@uncw.edu
Center for Marine Science 1019
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Education
  • Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography/UCSD
  • B.A., Oberlin College
  • MS Candidate, UNC Wilmington
Research Interests
  • Large-scale regional physical oceanography: the Kuroshio, the western North and Equatorial Pacific, the Hawaiian Islands and Onslow Bay, North Carolina. Global distributions of sea surface salinity.
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Timothy Charles Black

Associate Professor
910-962-7607
blackt@uncw.edu
DeLoach Hall 214A
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Education
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.S., Trinity College
Research Interests
  • Few-nucleon physics; plasma synthesis and modification of thin films and surfaces; evolutionary algorithms.
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Timothy Daniels

Assistant Professor
910-962-3454
danielst@uncw.edu
DeLoach Hall 202A
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Education
  • Ph.D., UNC Chapel Hill
  • M.S., UNC Chapel Hill
  • B.A., St. John's College
Research Interests
  • Experimental nuclear and particle physics, particularly few-nucleon systems and neutrinos. I plan to establish a research program involving both particle accelerators and underground rare-decay searches.
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Brian F. Davis

Professor
910-962-3469
davis@uncw.edu
DeLoach Hall 207
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Education
  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University
  • B.S., Bowling Green State University
Research Interests
  • Archaeoastronomy; theoretical atomic physics
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Liping Gan

Professor
910-962-3583
ganl@uncw.edu
DeLoach Hall 202A
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Education
  • Ph.D., University of Manitoba
  • M.S., Beijing University
  • B.S., Beijing University
Research Interests
  • Nuclear and particle physics; quantum chromodynamics at confinement scales; hypernuclear physics.
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Derek J. Grimes

Assistant Professor
910-962-
grimesdj@uncw.edu
King Hall 209C, CMS 1021
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Education
  • Ph.D.
  • B.S.
Research Interests
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Russell L. Herman

Professor
910-962-3722
hermanr@uncw.edu
Osprey Hall 2007J
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Education
  • Ph.D. Physics, Clarkson University
  • M.S. Mathematics, Clarkson University
  • M.A. Physics, Temple University
  • B.A. Mathematics, Empire State College, SUNY
  • Physics/Math Major, Temple University
Research Interests
  • Nonlinear wave equations, Integrable and Near Integrable Systems, Dynamical Systems and Chaos, General Relativity, Geometric Methods for PDE's, Numerical analysis, Generalized Transforms (including wavelets), Instructional Technology
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Qianqian Liu

Assistant Professor
910-962-2362
liuq@uncw.edu
King Hall 201-B, CMS 1039
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Education
  • Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
  • M.S., University of Rhode Island
  • B.S. Ocean University of China
Research Interests
    My research interests are shaped by the increasingly common problems of eutrophication, hypoxia, harmful algal blooms (HABs) and invasive species etc. in coastal ecosystems and the increasing public and political awareness. My research focuses on developing advanced numerical models to simulate the physical and biogeochemical processes in the marine systems, to help understand how anthropogenic and natural stressors affect the coastal oceans, and how to improve their health.
Joe Long

Joeseph W. Long

Associate Professor
Director, Coastal Engineering Program
910-962-2904
longjw@uncw.edu
King Hall 209C, CMS 1335
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Education
  • Ph.D. Oregon State University
  • M.OcE Oregon State University
  • B.S. Clarkson University
Research Interests
  • Dr. Long's research focuses on the on the role that winds, waves, and circulation have on transforming beaches and barrier islands on time scales ranging from extreme events (e.g., hurricanes) to decades. His research includes the development and application of numerical models to predict coastal hazards including rip currents, storm-induced coastal erosion and flooding, and long-term shoreline change. These models have been used to better understand and explain coastal processes, inform coastal management decisions, and quantify the vulnerability of communities and ecosystems.
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Ryan S. Mieras

Assistant Professor
910-962-2475
mierasr@uncw.edu
King Hall 209B
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Education
  • Ph.D., University of Delaware
  • M.C.E., University of Delaware
  • B.S., Texas A&M University
Research Interests
  • The Coastal Sediments and Hydrodynamics Laboratory (CSHL) conducts basic and applied research, via field and laboratory studies, to improve our understanding of the physical processes driving coastal flooding and geomorphology in a changing climate, leading to more effective coastal protection strategies against increasingly frequent intense storms and rising sea levels.
  • CSHL’s research portfolio encompasses the following areas: nearshore sediment transport & hydrodynamics; applied instrumentation development; extreme event reconnaissance & post-storm beach recovery; low-cost LiDAR coastal surveying systems; hurricane impacts on coastal infrastructure; coastal resilience; and marsh/wetland hydrodynamics
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John Morrison

Professor
910-962-2333
morrisonj@uncw.edu
Center for Marine Science 2331
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Education
  • M.S., Ph.D. Texas A&M University
  • B.S., College of Holy Cross
Research Interests
  • Descriptive physical oceanography; general ocean circulation; air-sea interaction and climate; ocean observing systems.
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Edward A. Olszewski

Professor
910-962-3464
olszewski@uncw.edu
DeLoach Hall 206
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Education
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.S., Worchester Polytechnic Institute
Research Interests
  • Time series analysis, non-linear modeling, financial market analysis
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Evan Scott-Pollock

Lecturer
pollocke@uncw.edu
DeLoach Hall 117
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Education
  • Ph.D., University of Maine
  • M.S., University of Maine
  • B.A., Southwestern College (Winfield KS)
Research Interests
  • Physics education research, thin film material science
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Sutara (Ata) Suanda

Assistant Professor
910-962-7587
suandas@uncw.edu
Center for Marine Science 1017
King Hall 201B
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Education
  • Ph.D., Oregon State University
  • M.Sci., Oregon State University
  • B.A., Wesleyan University
Research Interests
  • I am a coastal physical oceanographer. My research uses ocean observations and numerical models to study circulation and water properties in shelf, estuarine, and nearshore environments. I am interested in how winds, waves and tides produce complex coastal dynamics and how understanding of these processes can improve the educational and economic well-being of communites.
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Till Wagner

Assistant Professor
910-962-7587
wagnert@uncw.edu
Center for Marine Science
DeLoach Hall 223
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Education
  • Ph.D., University of Cambridge
  • M.A.St, University of Cambridge
  • M.Sci., University of Bristol
Research Interests
  • My research focuses on the physical processes governing the Earth’s high latitudes, with an emphasis on atmosphere–ocean–ice interactions. I investigate these processes using a combination of theory, numerical modeling, and observations.
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Zhangping Wei

Assistant Professor
910-962-2129
weiz@uncw.edu
King Hall 201C
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Education
  • Post-Doc, Johns Hopkins University
  • Ph.D., University of Mississippi
  • M.Eng., Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute
  • B.Eng., Hohai University
Research Interests
  • Coastal hazards & hazard mitigation, wave-structure interaction, coastal protection & restoration, coastal structure design


Emeriti Faculty

  • Marvin Moss, Professor Emeritus
  • Curt Moyer, Professor Emeritus

 

Staff

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Debra Harrison

Administrative Associate
Travel, Purchasing, Room Reservations
910-962-3462
harrisond@uncw.edu
DeLoach Hall 210
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Yvonne Marsan

Laboratories Manager
910-962-2108
marsany@uncw.edu
DeLoach Hall 111

 

Cheryl Humphrey

Administrative Associate
Budget, HR Coordinator, Student Services, Semester Scheduling, Website Content Manager
Coastal Engineering
910-962-7014
humphreyc@uncw.edu
DeLoach Hall 210



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Natural science, does not simply describe and explain nature; it is part of the interplay between nature and ourselves. - Werner Heisenberg