Physical Sciences Faculty

Faculty in the Department of Physical Sciences at VIMS include physical, chemical, and geological oceanographers. Their collaboration facilitates a new level of interdisciplinary synergy, appropriate to rapidly evolving needs and emphases. The global objective of the department is to generate, communicate, and apply knowledge concerning physical, chemical, and geological processes in the coastal ocean and estuaries.

Also view a directory of our emeritus faculty and post-doctoral research associates.

Deborah Bronk

Bronk, Deborah
Moses D. Nunnally Distinguished Professor of Marine Science
Email: [[bronk]]
Phone: (804) 684-7779
Interests: Nitrogen cycling, nitrogen biogeochemistry
Office: Chesapeake Bay Hall N311

Canuel, Elizabeth A.
Professor of Marine Science
Email: [[ecanuel]]
Phone: (804) 684-7134
Interests: Organic geochemistry, biomarkers
Office: Chesapeake Bay Hall N310

Forrest, Jr., David R.
Assistant Research Scientist
Email: [[drf]]
Phone: (804) 684-7900
Office: 240 Andrews Hall
Department: Physical Sciences

Carl T. Friedrichs

Friedrichs, Carl
Loretta and Lewis Glucksman Professor of Marine Science, Department Chair
Email: [[carl.friedrichs]]
Phone: (804) 684-7303
Office: Andrews Hall 227
Interests: Coastal and estuarine processes

Gong, Donglai
Assistant Professor of Marine Science
Email: [[gong]]
Phone: (804) 684-7529
Interests: Coastal and Polar Oceanography
Office/Lab: Andrews Hall 236/220

Courtney Harris

Harris, Courtney
Professor of Marine Science
Email: [[ckharris]]
Phone: (804) 684-7194
Interests: 3-D modeling to improve understanding of sediment transport in continental shelves and estuarine environments.
Office: Andrews Hall 230

Hein, Christopher
Assistant Professor
Email: [[hein]]
Phone: (804) 684-7533
Office: Andrews 237
Department: Physical Sciences

Kirwan, Matt
Assistant Professor
Email: [[kirwan]]
Phone: (804) 684-7054
Interests: Coastal landscape evolution.
Office: Andrews 238

Steven A. Kuehl

Kuehl, Steven A.
Professor of Marine Science
Email: [[kuehl]]
Phone: (804) 684-7118
Interests: Continental margins, river deltas, radioisotope geochronology, Anthropocene, paleoseismicity, paleoclimate
Office: Andrews Hall 229

Massey, Grace M.
Research Scientist, CHSD Program Manager
Email: [[grace.massey]]
Phone: (804) 684-7206
Office: Andrews Hall 209
Department: Physical Sciences

Reay, William G.
CBNERR Director; Research Associate Professor of Marine Science
Email: [[wreay]]
Phone: (804) 684-7119
Interests: Watershed hydrology; ground water/surface water interactions.
Office: Wilson House 103

Shadwick, Elizabeth
Assistant Professor
Email: [[shadwick]]
Phone: (804) 684-7247
Interests: Inorganic carbon (CO2) cycling and Ocean Acidification.
Office: Chesapeake Bay Hall N306

Jian Shen

Shen, Jian
Research Professor of Marine Science
Email: [[shen]]
Phone: (804) 684-7359
Interests: Numerical modling; model simulation to study circultion, hydrodynamics, water quality and storm surge in estuaries.
Office: Andrews Hall 237

Wang 100

Wang, Harry V.
Professor of Marine Science
Email: [[wang]]
Phone: (804) 684-7215
Interests: 3-D numerical modeling, hydrodynamics of estuaries; physical oceanography.
Office: Andrews Hall 239

Wells, John T.
Dean of School of Marine Science; Director of Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Email: [[wells]]
Phone: (804) 684-7103
Office: Watermen's Hall 230
Department: Dean/Director's Office

Zhang, Y. Joseph
Research Associate Professor
Email: [[yjzhang]]
Phone: (804) 684-7466
Office: Coastal Inventory Facility 106
Department: Center for Coastal Resources Management