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Karl Helfrich

Dr. Karl R. Helfrich

Senior Scientist
Department of Physical Oceanography

Contact Information:
Work: 508-289-2870
Building: Clark 321

Mailing Address:
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #21
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

Theoretical, numerical and laboratory studies in geophysical fluid dynamics: stratified flows, nonlinear internal waves and tides, hydraulic phenomena, abyssal circulation in the presence of topography, geological fluid dynamics, bio-fluid dynamics.


  • Fellow, American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics, 2001
  • J. S. Johnson Chair as Education Coordinator, 2001-2006
  • H. B. Bigelow Chair for Excellence in Oceanography, 2014-2017
  • Faculty member of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Summer Program


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985

S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982

B.S.E., Duke University, 1979