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Dr. Weifeng (Gordon) Zhang

Associate Scientist with Tenure
Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering

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Contact Information:
Work: 508-289-2521
Building: Bigelow 201

Mailing Address:
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #11
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

My research focuses on physical and biological processes in coastal oceans, including interactions of coastal flow features with topography and with processes in estuaries and the open ocean. I combine numerical models with observational analysis to improve the understanding of coastal ocean systems and the effect of natural and anthropogenic forces on the coastal environments that are directly connected to the well-being of our society. My research interests cover a broad range of topics in oceanography, including:

  • Coastal ocean circulation
  • Frontal dynamics
  • Internal wave dynamics
  • Polynya circulation
  • Gravity currents
  • Data assimilation
  • Model-based observing system design
  • Biophysical interactions

Professional Experiences

2018 – present      Associate Scientist with Tenure, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

2015 – 2018          Associate Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

2011 – 2015          Assistant Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

2009 – 2011          Postdoctoral Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

2004 – 2009         Research Assistant, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University


Ph.D., 2009, Oceanography, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

M.E., 2003, Fluid Mechanics, Zhejiang University, China

B.S., 2000, Engineering Mechanics, Zhejiang University, China


Ongoing Research Topics

Antarctic coastal circulation and ice-shelf/ocean interaction

Mid-Atlantic Bight shelf and shelfbreak frontal dynamics and biophysical interaction

Effect of ocean currents and internal waves on coral reef ecology

Gulf Stream warm-core ring dynamics

Arctic Ocean circulation

Impact hydrodynamics on green crab invasion in the Salish Sea



Postdoc and Student Opportunities

Oct 2023: I am interested in collaborating with postdocs with a strong background in mathematics and a great passion for oceanography. Please contact me if you are interested.