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Wilford E. Schmidt, PhD

 

Wilford E. Schmidt, PhD

Professor: Physical Oceanography
PhD - Scripps Institution of Oceanography,
University of California, San Diego, 2003.


Department of Marine Sciences
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus 
Call Box 9000 
Mayagüez, PR 00680

Tel. (787) 832-4040 ext. 2069; (787) 265-3838
Fax (787) 265-5408
Email: wilford.schmidt@upr.edu

Office: F-426, Mayagüez Campus

Professional and Academic Positions

  • 2013-present Professor, UPRM Department of Marine Sciences.
  • 2013 Doctor on Call - OET RV Nautilus Cruises NA-35, 37, and 39.
  • 2013 Appointed to United Nations World Ocean Assessment Pool of Experts, Wider Caribbean Region United States Representative.
  • 2006-2013 Associate Professor, UPRM Department of Marine Sciences.
  • 2011 Awarded tenure and recommended for full professorship, promotion held due to PR economic crisis. Full-professorship expected in summer 2013.
  • 2006-2008 Support Scientist – UPRM Coastal Hazards Center.
  • 2005-2006 Research Assist. Professor - University of Florida, Coastal Engineering.
  • 2004-2005 ASEE Research Fellow - Naval Research Laboratory, Littoral Processes.
  • 2003-2004 Post-Doctoral Research Associate - SIO Center for Coastal Studies.

Education

  • 2003 Ph.D. Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD
  • 2001 M.Sc. Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD
  • 1996 B.Sc. Environmental Science, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

Research Interests

  • Oceanographic instrument development. Hadal research and instrumentation.
  • Near-shore processes. Bathymetric influences on gravity-wave driven currents.

Courses Taught

Marine Sciences  (graduate)                       

  • Physical Oceanography
  • Coastal Physical Oceanography
  • Physical Oceanographic Data Analysis
  • Special Topics – Coastal Inundation Data Analysis Techniques
  • Special Topics – Tsunami Inundation Modeling with Matlab

Mechanical Engineering (senior undergraduate)

  • Special Topics - Design of Oceanographic Instrumentation 

Professional Affiliations

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Meteorological Society
  • Geological Society of America
  • Marine Technology Society
  • Geological Society of America

Professional Service

  • United States Representative – United Nations World Ocean Assessment Pool of Experts

  • Reviewer - Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanographic Technology

  • Reviewer - Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans
  • 
Reviewer - Caribbean Journal of Science
  • 
Reviewer – Limnology and Oceanography: Methods

  • Chair - UPRM DMS Marine Operations Committee 

Graduate and Under-graduate Advisees

  • Zamara Fuentes, DMS Ph.D. candidate. Graduate committee co-Chair and advisor

  • Myrna Santiago, DMS M.Sc. candidate. Graduate committee member
  • 
Jesus Torrado, INCE undergraduate. Mentor and advisor

  • Leonardo Ortiz, INCE undergraduate. Mentor and advisor

 

Recent Papers

Selected Publications

  • Schmidt, W.and E. Siegel, 2011. Free descent and on bottom ADCM measurements in the Puerto Rico Trench, 19.75 N, 66.40 W. Deep-Sea Research I 58 (2011) 970–977, doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2011.06.005.
  • Eloe, E., Malfatti, F., Gutierrez, J., Hardy, K., Schmidt, W., Pogliano, K., Pogliano, J., Azam, F., and Bartlett, B., 2011. Isolation and characterization of the first psychropiezophilic Alphaproteobacterium. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 77(22): 8145-53. doi: 10.1128/ AEM.05204-11
  • Schmidt, W.(in prep). Evidence of internal waves and mesoscale eddies from mesophotic ADCP and temperature measurements, La Parguera, Puerto Rico. To be submitted to J. Physical Oceanography.
  • Schmidt, W., 2008. A Tsunami Forecast Model for Ponce, Puerto Rico. NOAA OAR Special Report, PMEL Tsunami Forecast Series.
  • Schmidt, W., 2008. A Tsunami Forecast Model for Montauk, New York. NOAA OAR Special Report, PMEL Tsunami Forecast Series.
  • Mercado, A., and W. Schmidt, 2007. A Tsunami Forecast Model for Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. NOAA OAR Special Report, PMEL Tsunami Forecast Series., Vol. 3.
  • Mercado, A., and W. Schmidt, 2007. A Tsunami Forecast Model for San Juan, Puerto Rico. NOAA OAR Special Report, PMEL Tsunami Forecast Series.
  • Spydell, M, F. Feddersen, R. T. Guza, and W. Schmidt, 2007. Observing surfzone dispersion with drifters. J. Phys. Ocean. 37, doi:10.1175/2007/JPO3580.1
  • Schmidt, W.,R. T. Guza, and D. N. Slinn, 2005. Surfzone currents over irregular bathymetry: Drifter observations and numerical simulations. J. Geophys. Res., 110, C12015, doi:10.1029/2004JC002421.
  • Schmidt, W., B. T. Woodward, K. S. Millikan, R. T. Guza, B. Raubenheimer, and S. Elgar, 2003. A GPS-tracked surfzone drifter. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 20, 1069-1075.

Recent Publications (presenter underlined)

  • Schmidt W, M Jimenez, A Vega, and J Torrado, 2013. Exploration of the Puerto Rico Trench and Muertos Trough with Untethered Free-Vehicles. 2013 Geological Society of America Southeastern Section Meeting, San Juan, PR.

  • Fuentes Z, M Tuttle, and W Schmidt, 2013. St. Thomas, USVI Overwash Deposits From the Last 3,000 Years. 2013 Geological Society of America Southeastern Section Meeting, San Juan, PR.

  • Schmidt W2013. Observation and Parameterization of Rip Current Velocity Maxima and Extent. 8th International Multi-purpose Reef and Surfing Science Symposium, Rincón, PR.

  • Schmidt W, 2011. Evidence of internal waves and mesoscale eddies from mesophotic ADCP and temperature measurements, La Parguera, Puerto Rico. 2011 American Society of Limnology and Oceanography Ocean Sciences Meeting. San Juan, PR.
  • Jimenez, M, and Schmidt W., 2011. Interfacing Analog Sensors to Low-power MCUs for Cost Effective Oceanography Instrumentation. Engibous Summit, Dallas, TX
  • Schmidt, W., and E. Siegel2011. Voyage to the bottom of the Puerto Rico Trench: Tales from a free fall current meter. IEEE Current, waves and turbulence measurement workshop. Monterrey, CA.
  • Colon, B., E. Suarez, A. Gomez, A. Castilla, W. Schmidt, P. Quintero, and M. Smith., 2011. An “Open Source” autonomous archival instrument for aquatic sampling.
  • Schmidt, W., M. Smith, F. Rodriguez, and P. Quintero, 2011. Build it and  they will come: Introducing  engineering students to oceanography. ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting. San Juan, PR.
  • Schmidt, W.2011. Evidence of internal waves and mesoscale eddies from mesophotic ADCP and temperature measurements, La Parguera, Puerto Rico. ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting. San Juan, PR.
  • Schmidt, W. E. and E. Siegel, 2010. On-bottom and free-fall ADCM measurements in the Puerto Rico Trench, 19.75° N, 66.40° W. Trench Connection, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Schmidt, W. E. 2010. Mesophotic ADCP and temperature measurements from the El Hoyo transect, La Parguera, Puerto Rico. American Geophysical Union Ocean Sciences Meeting.  February 22-26, Portland, OR.
  • Eloe, E. A., W. E. Schmidt, and D. H. Bartlett, 2009. Isolation of a novel Puerto Rico Trench psychropiezophile.. Second Symposium: Frontiers in Environmental Microbiology: A Caribbean Perspective. Univ.
  • Schmidt W and D Slinn, 2008. Rip current velocity structure in drifter trajectories and numerical simulations. 2008 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. 

  • Holland T, N Plant, J Calantoni, W Schmidt, T. Kooney, and A. Reed, 2006. A field study of coastal dynamics on a muddy coast offshore of Cassino Beach, Brazil. 2006 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

  • Spydell M, F Feddersen, R Guza, and W Schmidt, 2006. Drifter-based estimates of surfzone dispersion. 2006 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Schmidt W, R Guza, and T Holland, 2005. Surfzone drifters: Applications and observations. IEEE 8th Working Congress on Current Measurement, Southampton, U.K. 
  • Schmidt W, 2004. Surfzone currents: Recent advances in measurement and modeling. United States Lifesaving Association Board of Directors Meeting, San Francisco, CA. 
  • Schmidt W, R Guza, and D Slinn, 2004. Observations of large, bathymetrically-controlled eddies in the surfzone. 2004 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. 
  • Schmidt W, D Slinn, and R Guza, 2002. Surfzone currents over irregular bathymetry: Drifter observations and model results. 2002 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. 

  • Schmidt W and R Guza, 2001. Observations of surfzone currents with drifters. 2001 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. 
  • Schmidt W, B Woodward, K Millikan, R Guza, B Raubenheimer, and S Elgar,  2000. A GPS-tracked surfzone drifter. 2000 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. 
  • Schmidt W, 1996. Beach profiles along a seawall, North Padre Island, Corpus Christi, Texas. Texas Academy of Sciences 99th Annual Meeting, Galveston, TX.