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Lead Scientist:

Lynn “Nick” Shay, Ph.D.

Dr. Lynn “Nick” Shay's interests include: experimental and theoretical investigations of the ocean response and coupled air-sea interactions during strong atmospheric forcing events (tropical and extratropical cyclones, atmospheric jets, fronts), coastal oceanographic process studies, radar oceanography using HF radar and satellite altimetry, aircraft-based measurement systems.

Phone: 305.421.4075
E-mail: nshay@rsmas
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Assistant Scientist:

Benjamin Jaimes, Ph.D.

Currently in an assistant scientist appointment in the Rosenstiel School’s division of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, Benjamin Jaimes holds interests that include hurricane-ocean interactions; eddy-mean flow interaction in the ocean; the dynamics of the enigmatic Gulf of Mexico's Loop Current and associated eddy field. Jaimes earned his M.Sc. (1995) in Computer Science (numerical modeling) from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, and a M.Sc. (2005) and a Ph.D. (2009) in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the University of Miami.

Phone: 305.421.4734
E-mail: bjaimes@rsmas
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Research Associates:

Jodi Brewster

Jodi Brewster is a Research Associate working in Dr. Nick Shay's Upper Ocean Dynamics Laboratory (UOD). In conjunction with Dr. Shay, she helped to develop the Eastern Pacific ocean heat content that is used in the SHIPS model for hurricane intensity forecasting. Currently, she is preparing for the beginning of hurricane season, in both the Eastern Pacific and Atlantic basin, when members of the UOD will be deploying AXBT, AXCTD, and AXCP probes from P3 Hurricane Hunter aircrafts over the Gulf of Mexico to study the upper ocean before, during, and after intense storms.  Brewster received her B.S. in Marine Science with minors in Mathematics and Computer Science at Coastal Carolina University. Subsequently, she moved to CA to earn her M.S. in Marine Science-Physical Oceanography at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Her thesis investigated the evolution of an iron-enriched patch of water in the Southern Ocean as a part of the Southern Ocean Iron Experiment (SOFEX). While in CA, she studied the oceanography impacts on bioluminescence at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) and temperature forecasting in Monterey Bay.

Phone: 305.421.4746
E-mail: jbrewster@rsmas
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Jorge J. Martinez-Pedraja

Jorge J. Martinez-Pedraja works as a research associate in the Upper Ocean Dynamics Laboratory. He shares responsibility for the full operation of the High-Frequency WERA radars, working on the diagnosis and correction of a range of problems including software; hardware; logistics; maintaining the data archives; processing surface current data and working on information analysis. Martinez-Pedraja received his M.Sc. in Metal Physics from the School of Physics at the University of Havana, Cuba. He worked at the same time in a thesis related to Physical Oceanography, "Statistical correlation between meteorological variables and the regime of waves in the North Coast of the City of Havana.”

Phone: 305.421.4739
E-mail: jmartinez@rsmas
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