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.

Canuel, Elizabeth A.
Chancellor Professor
Email: [[ecanuel]]
Phone: (804) 684-7134
Interests: Organic geochemistry, biomarkers
Office: Chesapeake Bay Hall N310
Department: Physical Sciences

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


Friedrichs, Carl
Glucksman Professor; Department Chair; CBNERR Associate Director
Email: [[v|carl.friedrichs]]
Phone: (804) 684-7303
Office: Wilson House 206
Interests: Coastal and estuarine processes
Department: Physical Sciences

Gong, Donglai
Associate Professor
Email: [[gong]]
Phone: (804) 684-7529
Interests: Coastal and Polar Oceanography
Office/Lab: Andrews Hall 236/220
Department: Physical Sciences

Courtney Harris

Harris, Courtney
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
Department: Physical Sciences


Hein, Christopher
Associate Professor
Email: [[hein]]
Phone: (804) 684-7533
Office: Andrews Hall 237
Department: Physical Sciences
Lab Website: {{, Coastal Geology}}

Kirwan, Matt
Associate Professor
Email: [[kirwan]]
Phone: (804) 684-7054
Interests: Coastal landscape evolution
Office: Andrews Hall 238
Department: Physical Sciences

Steven A. Kuehl

Kuehl, Steven A.
Email: [[kuehl]]
Phone: (804) 684-7118
Interests: Continental margins, river deltas, radioisotope geochronology, Anthropocene, paleoseismicity, paleoclimate
Office: Andrews Hall 232
Department: Physical Sciences

Grace Massey

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

Piero Mazzini

Mazzini, Piero
Assistant Professor
Email: [[v|pmazzini]]
Phone: (804) 684-7882
Interests: Coastal physical oceanography
Office: Andrews Hall 236
Department: Physical Sciences

Reay, William G.
Research Associate Professor; Director, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia
Email: [[wreay]]
Phone: (804) 684-7119
Office: Wilson House 103
Department: Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia; Physical Sciences
Interests: Watershed hydrology; ground water/surface water interactions.

Jian Shen

Shen, Jian
Research Professor
Email: [[shen]]
Phone: (804) 684-7359
Office: Andrews Hall 231
Department: Physical Sciences
Interests: Numerical modling; model simulation to study circulation, hydrodynamics, water quality and storm surge in estuaries.

Wang 100

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


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
Unit: Dean/Director's Office
Interests: Dynamics of fine-grained sediments; estuarine and deltaic sedimentation; beach and shelf processes.

Zhang, Y. Joseph
Research Professor
Email: [[yjzhang]]
Phone: (804) 684-7466
Office: Davis Hall 224
Department: Center for Coastal Resources Management
Program: Watershed