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Robert E. Wilson

WilsonAssociate Professor

Ph.D., 1974, The Johns Hopkins University

Estuarine and coastal ocean dynamics




Research Interests

My current research interests relate to transport processes in estuaries. They include specifically the description of time- dependent mixing processes in partially stratified estuaries, tidally induced residual currents in estuarine basins, and the interaction of buoyancy forced and tidally induced residual currents in estuaries.

I am interested in internal hydraulics, in the assimilation of data into models for estuarine circulation, and in the analysis of long-term data sets to evaluate effects of climatic variability on coastal hydrography.

Selected Publications

Wilson, R.E. and A. Valle-Levinson. 1998. Effects of rotation and mixing on volume exchange in Eastern Long Island Sound. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science (In press).

Ullman, D.S. and R.E. Wilson. 1998. Model parameter estimation from data assimilation modeling: Temporal and spatial variability of bottom drag coefficient in the Hudson estuary. Journal of Geophysical Research (In press).

Chant, B.J. and R.E. Wilson. 1997. Secondary ciruclation in a highly stratified estuary. Journal of Geophysical Research, 102:23,207-23,216.

Wilson, R.E. 1995. Contributions of inertial accelerations to the horizontal momentum balance in a ROFI (Region of Fresh Water Influence). Annales Geophysicae, Supplement to Vol 13, C267.

Valle-Levinson, A. and R.E. Wilson. 1994. Influence of sill processes and tidal forcing on exchange in eastern Long Island Sound. Journal of Geophysical Research, 99:12,667-12,681.

Valle-Levinson, A. and R.E. Wilson. 1994. Effects of barotropic forcing and vertical mixing on estuary/ocean exchange. Journal of Geophysical Research, 99:5,149-5,169.

Koutitonsky, V.G. and R.E. Wilson. 1990. Season response of the lower St. Lawrence Estuary to buoyancy forcing. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 31:359-379.

Celebrating the Annual Service Awards at Stony Brook University

Photo above: Annual Service Award recipients Paulette Gerber, Nicholas Fisher and Tom Wilson with SoMAS Dean Paul Shepson.On Tuesday March 5, 2019, Stony Brook University President Stanley recognized several SoMAS colleagues at the Annual Service Awards Ceremony in...

Workshop on the Erosion of Long Island’s North Shore

The COAST Institute at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University hosted a Workshop on Resilience and Sustainability of Long Island’s North Shore on Friday October 12, 2018 in Endeavour Hall Room 120. 8:30     Registration/...

SoMAS Showcases Undergraduate Research at REU Summer Symposium

Friday, August 1st, SoMAS hosted a summer research symposium, showcasing the work of undergraduates who spent the summer working on research projects with SoMAS faculty mentors. Many of the students were part of the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)...

MSRC Hosts 4th Annual Lobster Health Symposium

Monday, October 4, the Marine Sciences Research Center (MSRC), in conjunction with Sea Grant programs in NY and CT and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Lobster Steering committee, will host the 4th Annual Long Island Sound (LIS) Lobster Health...

Sound Science Ferry Gala

Sound Science A Ferry-based Data Observation System On September 29, 2003, the Marine Sciences Research Center unveiled its newest environmental monitoring system at a gala event on board the ferry boat P.T. BARNUM. The BARNUM sailed under clear skies at 1730 from...

Board the Barnum for Sound Science

Innovative scientific outreach aboard Pt Jeff ferry during sunset cruise STONY BROOK, NY., September 24, 2003 — Starting with the September 29th inaugural demonstration of a first-of-its kind observation system known as the SoundScience project, ferry passengers, the...

Brown Tide Threatens South Shore Says Marine Science Researcher

STONY BROOK, N.Y., June 29, 2000—Brown Tide, the common phrase for a —nuisance algal bloom, is menacing South Shore beaches on Long Island, creating the worst problem of its kind in years, according to leading researchers at the University at Stony Brook. This is the...

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