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Jamie MacMahan
Department of Oceanography
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-2379
Email: jhmacmah (at)
PhD - University of Florida, 2003
Civil & Coastal Engineering
MS - University of South Carolina, 1997
Geological Sciences
BS - Richard Stockton College of N. J., 1994
Marine Science
  • Assistant Professor, Naval Postgraduate School 2007-
  • Alternate Academic Council 2007-
  • Faculty Council Nomination Committee 2007-
  • NRC Post-Doctoral Fellow, Naval Postgraduate School 2003-2005
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Delaware 2007-
  • Assistant Professor, University of Delaware 2005-2007
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Florida 1998-2003
  • Research Assistant, US Geological Survey 1998-1999
  • Teaching & Research Assistant, University of South Carolina 1994-1998
  • Research Assistant, Coastal Science Engineering 1996-1998
  • Introduction to Coastal Engineering
  • Nearshore Processes
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Littoral Field Studies
  • Rip Currents
  • Drifter Observations in Riverine, Inlet, and Surfzone Environments
  • Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles
  • Field Observation of Surfzone Processes
  • National Research Council Fellowship Award, 2003-2005
  • ONR/NSF/NOAA Physical Oceanography Dissertation Symposium II Award, 2003 American Geophysical Union Best Student Presentation, 2002
  • United States-New Zealand Fulbright Fellowship Recipient (declined), 2001
  • American Geophysical Union
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (View an extended list)
  • MacMahan, J. H., J. Brown, A. Reniers, J. Brown, E. B. Thornton, A. J. H. M. Reniers, T. P. Stanton, Henriquez, M., E. Gallagher, J. Morrison, M. Austin, T. Scott; N. Senechal. Mean Lagrangian Flow Behavior on an Open Coast Rip-channeled Beach, accepted upon minor revisions to Mar. Geol., 2009.
  • Brown, J., J.H. MacMahan, A. Reniers, and E. Thornton, Surfzone Diffusivity on a Rip Channeled Beach, in press J. Geophys. Res., 2009.
  • MacMahan, J. H., E.B. Thornton, A. J. H. M. Reniers, Rip current overview. Coastal Eng., 53, 191-208, 2006.
  • MacMahan, J., A.J.H.M. Reniers, E.B. Thornton and T. Stanton, Infragravity rip current pulsations, J. of Geophys. Res., 109, C01033, doi:10.1029/2003JC-002068, 2004.
  • MacMahan, J. H., A. J. H. M. Reniers, E. B. Thornton, and T. P. Stanton, Surf zone eddies coupled with rip current morphology, J. Geophys. Res., 109, C07004, coi:10.1029/2003JC002083, 2004.
  • Keywords: rip currents, surf zone, autonomous vehicles, Lagrangian, dispersion, mixing, infragravity, morphodynamics, data analysis

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