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Dr. Stephan O'Brien

Research Fellow

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Education:

2019    PhD in Marine Science with emphasis in Hydrographic Science, Division of Marine Science, The University of Southern Mississippi, Stennis Space Centre, Mississippi, USA.

2010    Masters in Hydrographic Science, The University of Southern Mississippi, Division of Marine Science, Stennis Space Centre, Mississippi, USA.

2010    International Federation of Surveyors/International Hydrographic Organization/International Cartographic Association International Board on Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers Category A Certificate        

            

2007    Bachelor of Science in Surveying and Land Information (First Class Honours), The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.

 

Biography and research interests:

 

Stephan is a Physical Oceanographer interested in utilizing hydrodynamic models to investigate the effects of physical forcing factors (wind, current etc.) on sediment resuspension and transport.  Other research interests include using in situ and remote sensing data to investigate the seasonal changes in suspended particulate matter in the surface layer of the water column.  

Stephan completed his PhD at The University of Southern Mississippi in 2019.  His research focused on sediment and particulate matter transport in the nearshore region of the Gulf of Mexico, USA.  This study was related to the broader question of how sediment and particulate matter transport contribute to the movement of oil along the nearshore region in Mississippi and Alabama.

 

Project Overview:

Stephan is working on an academic-industry project between the Marine Mapping Group and iXblue Australia.  This research effort will be focused on incorporating sediment transport in specifying the frequency of updating nautical charts in Australian ports.