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Dr. Steve DiMarco
Steve DiMarco
Phone:
(979) 862-4168
Fax:
(979) 862-8879
Email:
sdimarco@tamu.edu
Office:
Eller O&M 702D
Address:

Texas A&M University O&M Building
Room 702D MS 3146 
College Station, Texas 77843


Degrees:

Ph.D. Physics, University of Texas at Dallas, 1991

M.S. Physics, University of Texas at Dallas, 1988

B.A., Physics, University of Dallas, 1985

Awards:

College of Geosciences 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award for Research

The Association of Former Student of Texas A&M University, Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching (College Level) 2009


Steve DiMarco

Professor
Physical Oceanography: Observing Systems

Research Interests

Observational Oceanography and Ocean Observing Systems (http://tabs.gerg.tamu.edu)

  • Hypoxia of the northern Gulf of Mexico (http://hypoxia.tamu.edu/)
  • Oceanographic Data Methods and Graphical Representation
  • Interdisciplinary Oceanography and Ocean Technology ( https://www.facebook.com/TamuGergGliders)
  • Ocean-related Problems of Societal Relevance: Oil Spill transport, Oceanic Response to Tropical Weather, Hypoxia  

Selected Publications

(‡ = student led paper)

  • Adriana Mendez-Jimenez, WD Heyman, and SF DiMarco, 2015. Surface drifter movement indicates onshore egg transport from a reef fish spawning aggregation. Physical Geography, DOI: 10.1080/02723646.2015.1023243, pp. 1-14.
  • W. Zhang, RD Hetland, SF DiMarco, K Fennel, 2015. Processes controlling mid-water column oxygen minima over the Texas-Louisiana Shelf. J. Geophys. Res. (accepted, available on-line).
  • Y. Feng, K. Fennel, G.A. Jackson, S. F. DiMarco, R. D. Hetland, 2014. A model study of the response of hypoxia to upwelling favorable wind on the northern Gulf of Mexico Shelf. J. of Marine Systems. 131 (March 2014), 63-73. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jmarsys.2013.11.009
  • NL Guinasso, JN Walpert, LL Lee III, SF DiMarco, S Buschang, 2014. Texas Automated Buoy System provides situational awareness of winds and currents on the coast of Texas. Proceedings of the American Petroleum Institute. International Oil Spill Conference Proceedings, 2014(1), 300175.
  • Wang, Z., SF DiMarco, S. Ingle and L. Belabbassi, 2013, A cabled oceanographic monitoring network in the northern Arabian Sea: success, challenges and opportunities, Advances in Earth Science, 28(5): 529-536.  (In Chinese).
  • TS Bianchi, F Garcia‐Tigreros, SA Yvon‐Lewis, M Shields, H J Mills, D Butman, C Osburn, P Raymond, G C Shank, SF DiMarco, N Walker, B Kiel Reese, R Mullins‐Perry, AS Quigg, GR Aiken, E L Grossman, 2013. Enhanced transfer of terrestrially derived carbon to the atmosphere in a flooding event. Geophysical Research Letters 40 (1), 116-122.
  • Z. Wang, SF DiMarco, AE Jochens, and S. Ingle. 2013. High salinity events in the northern Arabian Sea and Sea of Oman. Deep Sea Research – I. 74, 14-24.
  • S.F. DiMarco, Zhankun Wang, Ann Jochens, Leila Belabbassi, Lubna Al-Kharusi, Matthew Howard, Marion Stoessel, Stephanie Ingle, and Ken du Vall. 2012. Cabled Ocean Observatory in the Sea of Oman and Arabian Sea. Eos, 93(31) 31 July 2012.
  • X. Zhang, R.D. Hetland, M. Marta-Almeida, S.F. DiMarco, 2012 A numerical investigation of the Mississippi and Atchafalaya 1 freshwater transport, filling and flushing times on the Texas-Louisiana Shelf. J. Geophys. Res., 117, C11009 doi:10.1029/2012JC008108.
  • Strauss, J., E.L. Grossman, and S.F. DiMarco, 2012, Stable Isotope in mollusk shells as indicators of benthic respiration and freshwater penetration on the Texas-Louisiana shelf, Bulletin of Marine Sciences,http://dx.doi.org/10.5343/bms.2011.1047
     
  • Wang, Z, S.F. DiMarco, M. Stoessel, X. Zhang, M.K. Howard, K. du Vall,. 2012. Oscillation responses to Tropical Cyclone Gonu in the northern Arabian Sea from a moored observing system. In press, Deep Sea Research-I, February 2012.
  • S. F. DiMarco, J. Strauss, N. May, R. L. Mullins-Perry, E. Grossman, and D. Shormann, 2012. Texas Coastal Hypoxia Linked to Brazos River Discharge as Revealed by Oyxgen. Aquatic Geochemistry. Doi:10.1007/s10498-011-9156-x
  • R. D. Hetland and S. F. DiMarco, 2012. Skill assessment of a numerical model of the Texas-Louisiana Shelf. Ocean Modeling. 43-44, 64-76. Doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2011.11.009
  • D. Forrest, R. Hetland, S. F. DiMarco. 2011. Multivariate investigation of hypoxia of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Environmental Research Letters. 6 045002, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/6/4/045002
  • Fennel, K., R. Hetland, Y. Feng, and S. F. DiMarco, 2011. A coupled physical-biological model of the northern Gulf of Mexico shelf: model description, validation, and analyses of phytoplankton variability. Biogeochemistry 8:1881-1899. doi:10.5194/bg-8-1881-2011.
  • ‡RL Mullins, SF DiMarco, J Walpert, NL Guinasso. Interdisciplinary Ocean Observing on the Texas Coast. MTS-Journal 45(1), 98-111, 2011.
  • ‡X. Li, T. S. Bianchi, Z. Yang, L. Osterman, M. Allison, S. DiMarco, G. Yang, 2011. Historical trends of hypoxia in Changjiang River estuary: Applications of chemical biomarkers and microfossilsJournal of Marine Systems 86, 57-68.
  • T. S. Bianchi, S. F. DiMarco, J. H. Cowan, Jr., R. D. Hetland, P. Chapman, J. W. Day, M. A. Allison, 2010. The Science of Hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico: A Review. Science of the Total Environment. 408, 1471-1484. 
  • S. F. DiMarco, P. Chapman, N. Walker, R. Hetland, 2010. Does local topography control hypoxia of the Texas-Louisiana Shelf? Journal of Marine Systems, 80(1-2) 25-35. 
  • ‡X. Zhang, S. F. DiMarco, D. C. Smith, R. D. Hetland, 2010. Sea-breeze driven ocean Poincare wave propagation and mixing near the critical latitude with applications in the Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 40, 48-66, DOI: 10.1175/2009JPO4216.1. 
  • L. E. Osterman, R. Z. Poore, P. W. Swarzenski, D. Senn, and S. F. DiMarco, 2009. 20th Century development and expansion of Louisiana shelf hypoxia, Gulf of Mexico. Geomarine Letters. 29(6), 405-414. 
  • E. J. D’Sa and S. F. DiMarco, 2009. Seasonal variability and controls on chromophoric dissolved organic matter in large river-dominated coastal margin. Limnology and Oceanography, 54(6), 2233-2242. 
  • T. S. Bianchi, S. F. DiMarco, R. W. Smith, and K. M. Schreiner, 2009. A Gradient of Dissolved Organic Carbon and Lignin from Terrebonne-Timbalier Bay Estuary to the Louisiana Shelf (USA). Marine Chemistry. 117(1-4), 32-41. 
  • S. F. DiMarco and D. Wu, 2009. U.S. and Chinese Scientists Discuss the Ocean's Response to Climate Change. Eos Trans. American Geophysical Union. 90(14), pp. 121. doi:10.1029/2009EO140009, 2009.
  • ‡X. Zhang, S. F. DiMarco, D. C. Smith, IV, M. K. Howard, A. E. Jochens, and R. D. Hetland, 2009. Near-resonant ocean response to sea breeze on a stratified continental shelf. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 39, 2137-2155. DOI: 10.1175/2009JPO4054.1.
  • T. S. Bianchi, S. F. DiMarco, M. A. Allison, P. Chapman, J. C. Cowan, R. D. Hetland, J. W. Morse, G. Rowe, 2008. Controlling hypoxia on the U.S. Louisiana Shelf: Beyond the nutrient-centric view. EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union. 89(26), pp. 236-237.
  • A. E. Jochens and S. F. DiMarco, 2008. Physical oceanographic conditions in the Gulf of Mexico during 2002-2004. Deep Sea Research Part II, 55, 2541-2554.
     
  • R. D. Hetland and S. F. DiMarco, 2008. How does the character of oxygen demand control the structure of hypoxia on the Texas-Louisiana continental shelf? J. of Marine Systems, 70(1-2), 49-62.
  • ‡A. M. Kaltenberg, D. C. Biggs, and S. F. DiMarco, 2007. Deep scattering layers of the northern Gulf of Mexico observed with a ship-board 38-kHz acoustic Doppler current Profiler (ADCP).  Gulf of Mexico Science, 2, 97-108.
  • D. C. O. Thornton, E. M. Fejes, S. F. DiMarco, and K. M. Clancy, 2007. Measurement of acid polysaccharides in marine and freshwater samples using alcian blue. Limnol. Oceanogr. Methods 5, 73-87.
  • S. F. DiMarco, L. Campbell, and N. L. Guinasso, Jr., 2005. A new Master’s level Certificate in Ocean Observing Systems at Texas A&M University. Marine Technol. Soc. Journal 39(3), 13-15.
  • S. F. DiMarco, R. O. Reid, W. D. Nowlin, Jr., 2005. A Statistical Description of the Near-surface Velocity Field from Drifters in the Gulf of Mexico. Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 161, Circulation of the Gulf of Mexico: Observations and Models.  Eds. W. Sturges and A. Lugo-Fernandez. American Geophysical Union, pp. 101 - 110.
  • D. C. Biggs, A. E. Jochens, M. K. Howard, S. F. DiMarco, K. D. Mullin, R. R. Leben, F. E. Muller-Karger, and C. Hu, 2005. Eddy Forced Variations in On- and Off-Margin Summertime Circulation Along the 1000-m Isobath of the Northern Gulf of Mexico, 2000-2003, and Links with Sperm Whale Distributions Along the Middle Shelf. Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 161, Circulation of the Gulf of Mexico: Observations and Models.  Eds. W. Sturges and A. Lugo-Fernandez. American Geophysical Union, pp. 71 - 86.
  • W. D. Nowlin, Jr., A. E. Jochens, S. F. DiMarco, 2005. Low-frequency Circulation Over the Texas-Louisiana Continental Shelf. Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 161, Circulation of the Gulf of Mexico: Observations and Models.  Eds. W. Sturges and A. Lugo-Fernandez. American Geophysical Union, pp. 219 – 240.
  • A. Vazquez de la Cerda,, R. O. Reid, S. F. DiMarco, A. E. Jochens, 2005. Bay of Campeche Circulation: an Update. Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 161, Circulation of the Gulf of Mexico: Observations and Models.  Eds. W. Sturges and A. Lugo-Fernandez. American Geophysical Union, pp. 279-294.
  • L.-Y. Oey, T. Ezer, G. Forristall, C. Cooper, S. F. DiMarco, and S. Fan, 2005. An exercise in forecasting loop current and eddy frontal positions in the Gulf of Mexico. Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L12611, doi:10.1029/2005GL023253.
  • ‡L. Sindlinger, D.C. Biggs, and S. F. DiMarco, 2005. ADCP Backscatter Measurements as Proxy for zooplankton and micronecton biomass in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Continental Shelf Research 25, 259-275.
  • P. Chapman, S. F. DiMarco, R. E. Davis, and A. C. Coward, 2003. Flow at intermediate depths around Madagascar based on ALACE float trajectories.  Deep-Sea Research II 50, 1957-1986.
  • J. W. Morse, S. F. DiMarco, K. S. Sell, and A. B. Hebert, 2003. Determination of the optimum sampling intervals in sediment pore waters using the autocovariance function.  Aquatic Geochemisty, 9: 41-57.
  • J. W. Morse, S. F. DiMarco, A. Hebert, and K. Sell, 2003. A scaling approach to spatial variability in early diagenetic processes. Hydrobiologia 494: 25-29.
  • S. F. DiMarco, P. Chapman, W. D. Nowlin, Jr., P. Hacker, K. Donohue, M. Luther, G. Johnson, and J. Toole, 2002.Volume and property distributions of the Mozambique Channel. Deep-Sea Research Part II, 49, 1481-1511.
  • S. F. DiMarco, E. Meza Conde, and J. Zhang, 2001. Estimating wave elevation from pressure using second-order nonlinear wave-wave interaction theory with applications to Hurricane Andrew, J. Coastal Research 17(3), 657-671.
  • S. F. DiMarco, P. Chapman, and W. D. Nowlin, Jr., 2000. Satellite observations of upwelling on the continental shelf south of Madagascar. Geophysical Research Letters. 27(24), 3965-3968.
  • S. F. DiMarco, M. K. Howard, and R. O. Reid, 2000. Seasonal variation of wind-driven diurnal cycling on the Texas-Louisiana continental shelf. Geophysical Research Letters 21(7), 1017-1020. 
  • W. J. Wiseman, Jr., M. Inoue, R. Patchen, V. Ranisbrahmanakul, S. P. Murray, and S. DiMarco, 2000. Hydrography of the Louisiana Coastal Current: Model-Data Comparison. Interactions between Estuaries, Coastal Seas, and Shelf Seas, Ed. T. Yanagi, Terra Scientific Publishing Company (TERRAPUB), Tokyo. pp. 287-302.
  • W. D. Nowlin, Jr., A. E. Jochens, M. K. Howard, S. F. DiMarco, and W. W. Schroeder. 2000. Hydrographic properties and inferred  circulation over the northeastern shelves of the Gulf of Mexico during  spring and mid-summer 1998. Gulf of Mexico Science, 18(1), 40-54.
  • S. F. DiMarco and R. O. Reid, 1998. Characterization of the Principal Tidal Current Constituents on the Texas-Louisiana Shelf, J. Geophysical Research - Oceans, 103(2), 3093-3109. 
  • S. F. DiMarco, F. J. Kelly, Jun Zhang, and Norman L. Guinasso, Jr., 1995. Directional Wave Spectra on the Louisiana-Texas Shelf During Hurricane Andrew, Journal of Coastal Research, SI-21, 217-233.
  • S. F. DiMarco and C. D. Cantrell, 1991. "Parametric pulse breakup due to population pulsations in three-level systems". In Nonlinear Optics and Materials, Proceedings of the  SPIE Vol. 1497 (edited by C.D. Cantrell and C. M. Bowden). Pp. 178-187, 1991.

Additional Information

Experience

  • Professor, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University 2013 - present.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University 2004 - 2013.
  • Associate Research Scientist, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University, 2000 - 2004.
  • Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University, 1994 - 2000.
  • Research Associate, GERG, Texas A&M University, 1993 -1994.
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate (Advisor: M. O. Scully now at TAMU), Physics Department, University of New Mexico, 1991 - 1993.
  • Visiting Scientist, Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics, Munich, Germany, 1992.

Current Students

Luz Areli Zarate MS

Hilal Al-Shaqsi (Ph.D.): Characterization of the Ras al Hadd Jet

Saud Al-Busaidi (Ph.D.): The northern Oman coastal current

Christian Nygren (Ph.D.): Physical Oceanography and coastal oceanography

Elizabeth Ramey (B.S.): Gliders on the Texas-Louisiana Shelf

Alumni

Laura Spencer (M.S.): Water-column inertial and sub-inertial oceanic response to Hurricane Issac in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (2014)

Heather Zimmerle (M.S..): Characterzing the interannual variability of the Texas Coastal Current (2014)

Rebecca Gray (B.S.): Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico, geological history of hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico (2014)

Shelton Gay (Ph.D.): Dissertation: Seasonal variation in hydrography of small fjords in Prince Williams Sound, Alaska (2013)

Bo Li (Ph.D): Dissertation: Stratification limited vertical ventilation: Effects of water-column stability on the formation of hypoxia on the Texas-Louisiana Shelf (2013)

Mohammed Al Mazouqi (M.Gsc.) (2013)

Ruth Mullins-Perry (Ph.D): Dissertation: Coastal Hypoxia on the Texas Shelf: An Ocean Observing and Management Approach to Improving Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Monitoring (2012)

Cathy Yang Feng (Ph.D): Dissertation Topic: Biological/physical modeling of hypoxia on the Texas-Louisiana (co-chair with George Jackson) (2012)

Saud Al-Busaidii (M. Gsc.): Master of Geosciences ( 2011)

Stuart Pearce (M.S): Thesis Topic: Shelf response to hurricane forcing (2011)

Sarah Stryker (M.S): Thesis topic: Physical Oceanography of the Gulf of Oman (2011)

Michael Lalime (M.S): Thesis topic: Deepwater observations of the northern Gulf of Mexico (2010)

Xiaoqian Zhang (Ph.D): Dissertation Topic: Air-sea interaction at critical latitudes (completed May 2009)

Kelly Cole (M.S): Thesis Topic: Low-frequency variability of currents in the Gulf of Mexico (completed August 2008)

Valeriya Kiselkova (Ph.D): Dissertation Topic: Relating instabilities to dissolved oxygen on a continental shelf (completed May 2008)

Sudeshna Lahiry (M.S): Thesis Topic: Property distributions on the Texas-Louisiana SHelf (completed August 2007)

Allyson Azzara (M.S.) Thesis Topic: Characterization of the deep scattering layer in the Gulf of Mexico as they relate to Sperm Whale diving and foraging behavior. (co-chair with Douglas Biggs) (2006)

Amanda Kahltenberg (M.S.) Thesis Topic: 38-kHz ADCP investigation of deep scattering layers in the Sperm Whale habitat in the northern Gulf of Mexico (co-chair with Douglas Biggs) (2004)

Laurie Sindlinger (M.S.) Thesis Topic: ADCP backscatter measurements in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico: Comparison of near-surface with near-bottom backscatter (co-chair with Douglas Biggs) (2003)

Rebecca Scott (M.S.) Thesis Topic: Spatial and temporal variability of plankton stocks from acoustic backscatter intensity and direct measurements in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico (co-chair with Douglas Biggs) (2001)

Ashlie Sears (M.Gsc.): Master of Geosciences (completed December 2008)

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