Research Associates and Technicians

Johannes Gemmrich - Research Associate

Johannes is an expert on surface waves and air-sea interactions. He also teaches regularly at UVic.

Nick Harper - Technician

Nick is working on the C-PROOF project, helping us keep our gliders in the water and collecting data.

Emeritus and Emerita

Chris Garrett - Emeritus Professor

Chris has studied many fundamental aspects of ocean physics, including surface and internal waves, tides and tidal power, ocean mixing, flow through straits, air-sea interaction, and marine pollution.

Ann Gargett - Emerita Professor (Old Dominion University), Emerita Senior Scientist (Institute of Ocean Sciences, Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans)

Ann studies small-scale turbulence and its effect on larger scales in the ocean, largely using observations.

Postdoctoral Scholars

Bernard Yang (2022— )

Bernie is working with Tetjana Ross and myself on Haida Eddies as observed using gliders and satellite data in the Northeast Pacific.


Rebecca Brooks (2023— MSc)

Rebecca is working with Johannes and myself on predicting rogue waves and rip currents in the Northeast Pacific Northwest using WAVEWATCH III numerical prediction system.

Jamie Daniel (2023— MSc)

Jamie is working with Johannes and myself looking at field observations of the incoming wave field in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, with the goal of developing and implementing a prediction system for the likelihood and strength of rip currents into the current regional wave model.

Lauryn Talbot (2023— MSc)

Lauryn is working with Tetjana Ross and myself on statistics of C-PROOF glider data along Line P.

Jia-Xuan Chang (2019— PhD)

Jia-Xuan is working on internal tide generation in idealized fjord-like geometries.

Carmen Holmes-Smith (2020— MSc)

Carmen is working with Johannes and myself on wave runup on beaches using visual data to determine runup statistics as a function of open-water forcing.


Yuki Ikeda (2023— Visiting MSc)

Yuki is studying the formation processes of T-S variance in the Kuroshio extension region.

Past Students and Members

Leah Cicon (2020-2022 MSc)

Leah worked with Johannes Gemmrich predicting wave spectra in the Northeast Pacific. She and Johannes have a great paper about a huge rogue wave!

Cicon, 2022

Kurtis Anstey (2019—2022 MSc)

Kurtis analyzed 4 years of current meter data in Barkley Canyon and on the upper slope of the Vancouver Island continental shelf. He demonstrated that mixing is due to internal tides, but with a significant near-inertial component on top.


Lina Rotermund (2016—2019 MSc)

Lina worked with Bill Williams and myself on flow and tidal mixing in the channels near Cambridge Bay. Lina went on Arctic expeditions, and was part of the team that discovered the wreckage of Franklins’ lost ship the HMS Terror.

She is currently a PhD student at Dalhousie University

Thesis: Rotermund 2019

Rotermund et al 2021

Cailin Burmaster - Marine technician

Cailin was as a Marine Technician on the C-PROOF project, helping to deploy and maintain a fleet of gliders and floats.

Ken Hughes (2014—2018 PhD)

Ken looked at the dynamics of Penny Strait in the Canadian Archipelago. He is currently at Oregon State University as an Assistant Research Professor.

Thesis: Hughes 2018

Hauke Blanken (2015—2017 Phd (incomplete))

Hauke was working with Charles Hannah and myself on drifter release studies. He is now working for the Institute of Ocean Sciences and continuing part time studies with Mechanical Engineering.

Blanken et al, 2020

Rowan Fox - Instrument Technician (2009-2015)

Rowan worked on our instrumentation and co-ordinated our seagoing efforts. He is now working for Ocean Networks Canada, and seconded to Department of Fisheries and Oceans where he is working on autonomous glider operations.

Manman Wang (2014-2016 MSc)

Manman looked at the interleaving of water masses in the Labrador Sea as part of the VITALS project. Manman is submitting a paper, and is now working for Ocean Networks Canada.

Wang, 2016

Di Wan (2010-2013, MSc, with Mike Foreman)

For her MSc Di looked at the dynamics of Cayuquot sound on Vancouver Island, a locale of significant fish farming. Now she is working as a Research Scientist at the Institute of Ocean Sciences and working on a PhD on the dynamics of the flow through the Discovery Islands and Discovery Channel with Mike Foreman and Stan Dosso.

Wan, 2013

Wan et al, 2015

Jeannette Bedard (PhD, with Svein Vaigle)

Jeannette worked with Svein Vagle on the hydrography and sound speed properties in Cumberland Sound on Baffin Island as part of the Ocean Tracking Network project. She is now working with Ocean Networks Canada and and continuing graduate studies with Stan Dosso.

Bedard et al, 2015

Emma Murrowinski (MSc 2014)

Emma considered the energy transfers and turbulence caused when an internal wave impacts a continental slope. She worked for Rockland Scientific and now is a program manager for a Victoria Technology firm.

Murowinski, 2014

Ryan Clouston (MSc 2013)

Ryan looked at the amplification of exchange over sills caused by tidal forcing. He worked for ASL Environmental, and is now a UVic Swim Coach.

Clouston, 2013

Wendy Callendar (MSc 2009)

Wendy found that small-scale headland eddies generated by tidal flow around a headland can coalesce into large mesoscale offshore self-propagating dipole pairs. She now works as a Research Technician at the Institute of Ocean Sciences.

Wendy’s paper from her thesis appeared in Ocean Sciences:

Callendar et al, 2011

Her thesis: Callendar 2009, (PDF 9Mb)