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

Don’t be afraid to get involved.

—Walter Munk


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.

Download my resumé.


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


  • PhD in Oceanography, 2008

    Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  • BSc in Physics, 2002

    University of California, San Diego



Assistant Professor

Department of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut

Sep 2020 – Present Connecticut

Associate Researcher

Earth Research Institute, UCSB

Jul 2020 – Sep 2020 California

Assistant Researcher

Earth Research Institute, UCSB

Oct 2015 – Jun 2020 California

Project Scientist

Earth Research Institute, UCSB

Jun 2011 – Oct 2015 California

Postdoctoral Scholar

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD

Jun 2008 – May 2011 California


  • 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 (PI Romero)

  • Spray-mediated air-sea gas exchange of carbon dioxide in high winds (PIs Vlahos and Romero)

Previous Students


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