It’s important that you work on things that you care about …

Don’t be afraid to get involved.

—Walter Munk

Biography

Leonel Romero is an Assistant Professor of Marine Sciences at the University of Connecticut, Avery Point. He received his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2008.

His research combines field observations and numerical modeling to study air-sea interaction, upper-ocean processes, ocean waves, and coastal processes. His main objectives are to improve understanding of wave-current interactions and their impacts on surface wave breaking, air-sea fluxes, and applications. Other research interests include the transport and dispersion of tracers near the ocean surface and the underlying driving processes such as winds, waves, fronts, eddies, and Langmuir circulation.

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Interests

  • Air-Sea Interaction
  • Upper Ocean Processes
  • Ocean Waves
  • Coastal Processes

Education

  • PhD in Oceanography, 2008

    Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  • BSc in Physics, 2002

    University of California, San Diego

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Assistant Professor

Department of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut

Sep 2020 – Present Connecticut
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Associate Researcher

Earth Research Institute, UCSB

Jul 2020 – Sep 2020 California
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Assistant Researcher

Earth Research Institute, UCSB

Oct 2015 – Jun 2020 California
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Project Scientist

Earth Research Institute, UCSB

Jun 2011 – Oct 2015 California
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Postdoctoral Scholar

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD

Jun 2008 – May 2011 California
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Opportunities

Masters and Doctoral

Prof. Romero is looking for Masters and Ph.D. students to join his lab.

Potential research topics include field observations and/or modeling of ocean waves, upper ocean processes, and air-sea interaction.

Interested students should:

  1. Contact Prof. Romero via email to express interest and introduce yourself

  2. Plan a visit to the campus or a Zoom/Webex call if you are too far (in some cases modest travel awards are available for students to visit)

  3. Review the Departmental Website for detailed instructions

Postdoctoral Scholar

Postdoc position to work on an NSF funded project investigating the effect of wave-current interactions on gas exchange. Contact Prof. Romero via email to express interest and introduce yourself.

Projects

  • Inner-shelf dispersion experiment (ISDEX)

  • Wave-current interactions in the presence of submesocale ocean features

  • Modulation of bubble mediated gas transfer due to wave-current interactions

Previous Students

Graduate

Nemesis Aguilar Tepole (MS 2018 @ CICESE, co-advisor: Enric Pallas-Sanz) - Thesis: Submesoscale Fronts in the Santa Barbara Channel

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Kabir Lubana - Idealized and Regional Modeling of Microseisms

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