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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 Projects

Polynyas in Coastal Antarctica (PICA): Linking physical dynamics to biological variability

Shelfbreak frontal dynamics: Mechanisms of upwelling, net community production, and ecological implications

Impact of Gulf Stream warm-core rings on Gulf of Maine circulation

Impact hydrodynamics on green crab invasion in the Salish Sea

Effect of ocean currents and internal waves on coral reef ecology


Postdoc and Student Opportunities

June 2020: I am interested in collaborating with postdocs with strong background in mathematics and great passion in oceanography. Please contact me if you are interested.