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Luz Zarate
Luz Zarate
(979) 777-6439
O&M 702
Texas A&M University O&M Building
MS 3146
College Station, Texas 77843-3146


Master of Science in Oceanography | Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, (expected 5/2018)

Bachelor of Science in Geophysical Engineering | National Autonomous University of Mexico,

Mexico City, Mexico, 2015 (GPA: 8.9/10)

Certificate in Ocean Observing Systems, Texas A&M University, 2017


Society for Underwater Technology Scholarship, 2017.

Marine Technology Society Scholarship for Graduate Students, 2017.

Texas Sea Grant Ralph Rayburn Scholarship, 2017.

Ross, Donald & Melba Graduate School Scholarship, College of Geosciences, 2017.

Global Ocean Ship-based Hydrographic Investigation Program Student Support for $17,000, 2017.

CONACyT (Mexican National Council of Science and Technology) Scholarship for $13,200, 2016.

James Sharp Graduate Competitive Scholarship, 2015.

ExxonMobil Program for Research Awardee, 2014.

OCNG 252


Luz Zarate

Graduate Student

Research Interests

  • Employ critical thinking and problem solving to retrieve and evaluate large oceanographic datasets. Represent and numerically analyze oceanographic data utilizing Matlab, ArcGIS, and GMT software.
  • Contribute to research advancing the understanding of the circulation on the Texas coast by assessing the performance of the high-frequency coastal radar network. Important to mitigate hazards and to respond hastily in the case of an emergency by making critical decisions promptly and efficiently.

Selected Publications

L. Zarate, S.F. DiMarco, A. Knap, J. Walpert, K.A. Whilden. A High-Frequency Radar Oceanic Current Monitoring System for the Texas Coast: Enhancement to the Texas Automated Buoy System Network. IEEE: OCEANS’16.

Additional Information

Advisor: Dr. Steven DiMarco

Cruise Experience

2015: Research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico (4 days offshore). CTD data acquisition.

2013-2015: Research project: Validation of geostrophic currents in the Gulf of Mexico, Atmospheric Sciences Center, UNAM.

2014: Gulf Integrated Spill Response Consortium oceanographic campaign (9 days offshore). CTD data acquisition and processing.

2013: Gulf Integrated Spill Response Consortium oceanographic campaign (30 days offshore).CTD/ADCP data acquisition and processing (30 days offshore).

Additional Experience

  • Trained to use the 8400B “Autosal” Laboratory Salinometer. Run over 150 salinity samples.
  • Completed fieldwork involving spending a total of 90 days at sea, in the Gulf of Mexico and South Pacific, 2013-2017. Responsibilities included operating, deploying, and recovering oceanographic instruments, collecting samples and ensuring the proper collection of water, and acquiring, processing, and analyzing data.
  • Served as Antenna Operator on airborne-based remote sensing imagery collection project to improve monitoring and oil spill response preparedness capabilities (Fototerra Aerial Survey LLC), 2017.
  • Performed industry shadowing with LGL Environmental Consultants. Responsibilities included proposal writing and conducting data analysis, 2017.
  • Completed training in Coastal Ocean Dynamics Applications Radar (CODAR), 2016.
  • Participated in geology and geophysics fieldwork using seismic, gravitational, magnetic, and electrical methods, 2015.
  • Vice-President Of The Society For Underwater Technology-Texas A&M Chapter, 2017- Present.
  • Served As Treasurer, Texas A&M Chapter Of Society For Underwater Technology, 2016- 2017


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