The USF Center for Maritime and Port Studies
Mark E. Luther, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Maritime and Port Studies, USF College of Marine Science
Office phone: (727) 553-1528
Fax: (727) 553-1189
Cell: (727) 410-2838
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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
Bio: 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.
Steven Meyers, Ph.D.
Center for Maritime and Port Studies, USF College of Marine Science
Office phone: (727) 553-1188
Fax: (727) 553-1189
Cell: (941) 720-4204
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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.
Bio: 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.
Cell (727) 631-9579
Bio: My research is focused on the integration of AIS maritime data with meteorological and oceanographic / weather data. I work with Dr. Mark Luther and Dr. Steven Myers trying to improve maritime transportation, make it more efficient, safer and more profitable with the right monitoring and forecasting information. Our studies include analysis of vessels behaviors in relation to specific weather occurrences; how ship wake and overall disturbance affects the local metocean data and forecast. We are responsible for maintaining most of Tampa Bay ports metocean monitoring stations and we work closely with NOAA and the Ports Authority to make sure that the metocean information received is accurate and the equipment is working well. Our goal is to improve maritime routing, maneuvering and berthing, to make maritime voyages safer and more efficient. At the same time, we help ports by providing the latest technology on weather and ocean monitoring and forecast.
Bio: After focusing on ocean chemistry during my Master’s degree at the USF College of Marine Science, I have shifted interests to the technology behind the measurements, such as sensors that capture the temperature, salinity, oxygen content, light availability and nutrient levels in the coastal waters around Florida. Working closely with the CMS Ocean Technology Group, I analyze the data from sensors carried aboard our fleet of semi-autonomous underwater gliders. I am looking for ways to utilize machine learning practices to elucidate trends in the large amount of data collected by the gliders. Part of my dissertation will explore the use of glider flight data to derive course bathymetric maps. I intend to use machine learning algorithms and other statistical methods to improve those maps, which can inform high-resolution bathymetric mapping efforts.
Thomas Wahl, Ph.D.
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
USF College of Marine Science – KRC 3115
Office Phone: (727) 553-3516
140 Seventh Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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