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Curriculum Vitae

Kenneth Harold Brink
Physical Oceanographer
Senior Scientist
Department of Physical Oceanography, MS #21
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543-1535
Telephone: 508.289.2535; Fax: 508.457.2181


B.S., Cornell University, 1971 (engineering physics)
M. Phil., Yale University, 1973 (geology and geophysics)
Ph.D., Yale University, 1977 (geology and geophysics)


Director, Coastal Ocean Institute and Rinehard Coastal Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2000–2004; Senior Scientist, 1993–present; Associate Scientist, 1984–1993; Tenure awarded, 1988; Assistant Scientist, 1980–1984; Fellow, Summer Program in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, 1974, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, 1977–1979; Research Associate, 1979–1980, School of Oceanography, Oregon State University.

Research Assistant, 1971–1976, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University.


American Meteorological Society Editors' Award, 1985
American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, 1995
The Cody Award in Ocean Sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1996
American Meteorological Society Fellow, 2000
American Geophysical Union Fellow, 2000
National Associates of the National Academies, 2001


Editorial Advisory Board, South African Journal of Marine Science, 1984 –2013[since 2003: African Journal of Marine Science]
Associate Editor, Journal of Physical Oceanography, 1985–2006
Guest Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research, 1990
Editorial Board, Journal of Marine Research, 1989–2010
Editorial Board, The Sea, 1994–
Editorial Board, Encyclopedia of Ocean Science, 2006-
Guest Editor, Oceanography, Japan/East Sea issue, Fall, 2006
Editor, Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans, 2007-2010; Editorial Board, 2010-2013
Editorial Board, Annual Review of Marine Science, 2007-2014
Guest Editor, Journal of Marine Research, 2008
Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Books Board, 2008-2013
Editor, Journal of Marine Research, 2010-

Program Coordinator, Coastal Transition Zone Program (CTZ), 1985–91

Coordinator of Fall 1987 American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting, Ocean Sciences section Member, Organizing Committee, Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics and Coupling (GLOBEC), 1987–1988

Member, Flow Over Abrupt Topography Accelerated Research Initiative Steering Committee, 1989-1991
Member, AAAS Electorate Nominating Committee of the Section on Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences, 1997–1999
Chairman, Steering Committee for Coastal Physical Oceanography (CoPO), 1988–1990
Chairman, Steering Committee for Coastal Ocean Processes (CoOP), 1990–1993
Member, Coastal Ocean Processes (CoOP) Steering Committee, 1990–1995
Member, Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP of NOPP), 2001
American Geophysical Union (AGU) section nominating committee, 2001-2002
American Geophysical Union (AGU) Ad Hoc Committee to comment on Ocean Commission report, 2004
Associate Member of SCOR Working Group 129 (Cross-shelf exchange), 2008-2009
Chair, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Committee to select new JGR editors, 2010br /> American Geophysical Union (AGU) Ocean Sciences Fellows Selection Committee, 2010
Member, Year of the Ocean Steering Committee, The Heinz Center, 1997–1998

National Research Council:

- NRC panel on oil spill models on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) (U. of Washington), August 5-6, 1987.
- Member, Ocean Studies Board (OSB), 1991–1994
- Vice-Chairman, Ocean Studies Board (OSB) Navy Committee, 1992
- Chairman, Ocean Studies Board (OSB) Navy Committee, 1993–1994
- Member, Ocean Studies Board (OSB) Committee on the Coastal Ocean, 1993–1994
- Chairman, Ocean Studies Board (OSB), 1996–2001
- Member, Committee on Global Change Research, 1997–2001

- Review Coordinator:

Chemical Reference Materials: Setting the Standards for Ocean Science, 2002
Evaluating Progress of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program:  Methods and Preliminary Results, 2007
Ocean Acidification A National Strategy to Meet the Challenges of a Changing Ocean, 2010
Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington:  Past, Present, and Future, 2012


President Elect, 1996–98, President, 1998–2000, Past President 2000–2002, The Oceanography Society Meeting Co-Chair, 1998 Meeting (Paris, France)

Fellows Committee for The Oceanography Society.  Chair 2006-2007.

SMAST/CMAST External Board of Advisors, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, 1998–2004
Oregon State University (OSU) College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS) Board of Advisors, 2004-2007
Trustee, Bermuda Biological Station for Research, 2005–,Chair of the Science Committee, 2007-; Member of search committee for new director, 2012
Member, Cornell University Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Alumni Advisory Committee, 2008 –

Member, American Geophysical Union
Member, American Meteorological Society
Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Member, Sigma Xi
Member, The Oceanography Society
Member, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography


Shelf dynamics including coastal trapped waves, coastal upwelling, and the coupling between shelf and ocean circulation; dynamics of wind-driven ocean currents; influence of abrupt topography on low-frequency currents.


WHOI (Non Education Related):

Physical Oceanography (PO) Seminar Chairman, 1983
Chairman, Journal Club Committee, 1983
Wind Group Management Committee, 1983-1984
Coastal Research Center (CRC) Advisory Committee, 1986-1987
Coastal Research Center (CRC) Review and Planning Committee, 1991
Promotion Committee for D. Caron, 1988
Promotion Committee (Chair) for C. A. Butman, 1988
Promotion Committee for John Trowbridge (Chair), 1991
Promotion Committee for Rocky Geyer (member), 1991
Senior Scientists Executive Committee, 1995 – 1998 (Chair 1996-1997)
Strategic Planning: Access to the Sea, 1996
WHOI CICOR, Lead Fellow for Coastal Oceanography, 2006-2007; Associate Director, 2008
Chapman Lecture Committee, 2009-
Physical Oceanography (PO) Dept. Space Committee, 2011-
WHOI Ad hoc library committee, 2012-

Outside WHOI:

Review Committees
Various ONR site reviews, 1985
Scientific Advisory panel for Minerals Management Service (MMS), Dynalysis/SAIC study of the Santa Barbara Channel and Central Coast, 1983-1986
Member of Quality Review Board (QRB) for 3 Minerals Management Service (MMS) funded projects, 1989
North Carolina Environmental Science Review Panel (MMS), 1991
External Review Committee, Graduate Program in Oceanography, University of Delaware, 1987
Visiting Committee, Department of Oceanography, Florida State University, April 4-7, 1999
Review Panel, Naval Research Laboratory Code 7300, August 17-19, 1999
Chair of Visiting Committee at Scripps to review their research programs, September, 1999
Chair, NRL SES Review Committee, December 10, 1999
Chair, CRDF Geosciences Review Panel, March 3, 2000
NOAA/NSF GLOBEC panel, July, 2000
Member, MBL visiting committee to review Boston University Marine Program (BUMP), July 2001
Science Advisory Board, US Commission on Ocean Policy, 2003
Review Panel for PISCO Program, 2004
MBARI Visiting Committee, January 2005
Panel member:  NSF DDDAS (Dynamics Data Driven applications Systems)– July 21-22, 2005
Member, U. of Washington Sea Grant Panel, August, 2006
NSF Physical Oceanography Panel, May 2008

Meetings Outside WHOI (Other than Attendance at Society/National Meetings.  The information prior to 1990 is incomplete.):

ONR Coastal Transition Zone Workshop, Monterrey, CA – May, 1985
Ocean Prediction ’86 – Harvard
The Benguela and Comparable ecosystems.  Cape Town, So. Africa – 1986.  Invited speaker. CTZ PI meeting, April, 1990
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Coastal Planning meeting, May 1990
DOE and NOAA Planning meetings, June 1990
Liege Symposium on Hydrodynamics, 1991
International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), Copenhagen, 1991
IUGG (US representative to IAPSO), 1991 NOAA GOOS Planning meeting, WHOI, October, 1992
Land Margin Ecosystem Research (LMER) annual meeting, MBL, November, 1992
CoOP Long Times Series Planning workshop, March, 1993
Coastal Ocean Modeling workshop (USM), March, 1993
Naval Studies Board Review of Littoral Warfare (twice), April, 1993
Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) Planning meeting, North Carolina, April, 1993
Shelf-ocean Coupling and Exchange workshop, Bidston, UK, May, 1993
Canadian GLOBEC Organizing meeting, June, 1993
Gordon Conference on Coastal Physical Oceanography, June, 1993
CoOP Workshop on Wind-Driven Shelves, July, 1993
Ocean Studies Board (OSB) Tactical Oceanography Symposium, August, 1993
International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Symposium on Cod and climate Change, Iceland, August, 1993
Arabian Sea Workshop, Sevastopol, Crimea, September 20-23, 1993
Northeastern Gulf of Mexico Physical Oceanography Workshop, Tallahassee, Fl., April 4-7, 1994
COASTS Workshop, Liege, Belgium, May 5-9, 1994
Second International Conference on Oceanography, Lisbon, 1994
Oil Spill Modeling Workshop, UMASS Dartmouth, 1995
JGOFS Arabian Sea Workshop (speaker), August, 1996
APROPOS (Future of NSF Physical Oceanography), Monterey, December 1997
National Ocean Conference, Monterey, June 1998
Organizing Committee for Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)/SCOR Ocean Assessment, Paris, October 21-23, 1998
COASTS Organizing Committee meeting, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), Paris, January 29-22, 1999
Tactical Oceanography Symposium (NRC), Corpus Christi, Texas, February 9-11, 1999
Arabian Marginal Seas Workshop, Stennis Space Flight Center, May 11-13, 1999
NRC Ocean Studies Board (OSB) Sea Floor Observatories Workshop, Islamorada, Florida, January 10-12, 2000
OCTET Workshop, Virginia, March 7-10, 2000
COASTS meeting, Paris, August, 2001
ONR Workshop on Coastal Observations, Gulfport, October 24-25, 2002
RARGOM Executive Council, 2003
RARGOM Theme meeting: Observing Systems, August 12, 2004
International Oceanographic Research, State Department – November 12, 2003
Talk at GLOBEC PI meeting on SeaSoar results.  November, 2003
Various talks on Orion Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) to NOAA Climate Program, CORE Board of Governors, etc., 2003-2004
ORION Science meeting, Puerto Rico, January, 2004
Appeared on NPR’s “The Point” radio show, May 2004
NEPTUNE/Canada Science Planning meeting, Victoria, May, 2004
ORION SSC meetings – Seattle, November, 2004; Washington, DC, February, 2005
Ecosystems Based Management workshop, UNH, March 2007
NOSB Committee to vet questions, Washington, DC, October, 2007
Oman Science Planning meeting (setting up the equivalent of NSF), October 2007
Nuclear Fuel Resources Workshop (DOE sponsored, Norwood, Mass), October 13-14, 2010
Antoine Badan Memorial Symposium, Ensenada, Mexico, November 16-18, 2010
Coastal Ocean Numerical Modeling Gordon conference, June 26-July 1, 2011
Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Planning meeting, UMASS Dartmouth – June, 2012
Gordon Conference on Coastal Ocean Circulation, 2013
Tansley Workshop on Marine/Terrestrial Ecosystem comparability, Imperial College Silwood Park campus, England, May 7-9, 2014
MASTS workshop on fishing gear design, Glasgow, Scotland, May 12-13, 2014


R.. Payne (with R. Weller) through Wind Committee, 1983; F. Bahr, 1994- present, J. Pallant, 1994; J. Dean, 1994; Bruce Tripp, 2001-2004

Mentoring committee member for:  Shih-Nan Chen (AOPE Postdoc); Tom Farrar (Physical Oceanography (PO) Assistant Scientist); Hyodae Seo (Physical Oceanography (PO) Assistant Scientist)

PostDocs Supervised:  C. Lee (UW), D. McGillicuddy (WHOI), R. Samelson (OSU)


Admissions Committee, 1984-1986 JCPO, 1987-1990
Co-Chaired general exam committee Physical Oceanography (PO), 1992, 2012
Physical Oceanography (PO) General Exam Committee, 2010

Courses taught:

19.78/12.781/12.862: Dynamics of Shelf Circulation I – Spring 1982, Fall 1986, Spring 1989, Fall 1990, Spring[SCMcD3]  1992 (with R. Beardsley), Fall 1993

19.79/12.872/12.863:  Dynamics of Shelf Circulation II – Spring 1984, Spring 1985, Spring 1991 (with S. Lentz), Spring 1993 (with R. Beardsley), Spring 1994 (with R. Beardsley)

12.805: Laboratory in Physical Oceanography - Fall 2012, Fall 2013

12.862: Coastal Physical Oceanography -  Fall 2006, Fall 2008, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012

19.891: Intro Shelf Dynamics (with R. Beardsley and D. Chapman) – Fall 1983

Education Activities

Thesis Committee Member

Date and Type of Degree

Rosenfeld, Leslie 2/87, PhD
Vennell, Ross 9/88, PhD
Wilkin, John 9/88, PhD
Franks, Peter 6/90, PhD
Dever, Edward 6/95, PhD
Osychny, Vladimir 9/97, SM
Fischer, Albert 9/00, PhD
Logvinov, Evgeny 9/08, SM
Wang, Jinbo 6/11, PhD
von Appen, Wilken-Jon 2/13, PhD
Bogdanoff, Alec Current student




Barth, John 2/88, PhD
Sundermeyer, Miles 9/95, PhD - co-advisor w/J. Ledwell
LaCasce, Joseph 9/96, PhD
Pringle, James 6/98, PhD
Cherian, Deepak



M. S. Advisor




Vladimir Osychny 1994



Thesis Defense Chair

Moffatt, Carlos 9/07, PhD
Benthuysen, Jessica 6/10, PhD



Thesis Committee (Other Institutions




Schwing, Frank 1989, PhD (Dalhousie)
Sloan, Quinn 1996, PhD (Harvard)
Liang, X. San 2002, PhD (Harvard)



Summer Student Fellows




Morrell, Will 1984
Wilson, Sam 2009
Arzeno, Isabella 2010



Guest Students




Andre Paloczy

2014 (Brazil)


Developed new software for general coastal trapped waves with complex frequency, mean flow, bottom friction and graphics completed and documented.  This was originally in FORTRAN, but the important items have been improved and written in MATLAB.

Ken Brink Web site



1977:    R/V Iselin (3/18/77 - 3/30/77 ): CUEA cruise off Peru (Callao to Callao)

1981:    R/V Velero IV: Organization of Persistent Upwelling Structures (OPUS) cruises off Pt. Conception, California (Los Angeles base)

            (3/6/81 - 3/13/81)

            (3/16/81 - 3/27/81)

            (4/3/81 - 3/16/81) co-Chief Scientist

1982:    R/V Asterias: WHOI CRC work (Nauset area) (Woods Hole to Woods Hole)



1983:    R/V New Horizon: Organization of Persistent Upwelling Structures  (OPUS) cruises off Point Conception (Los Angeles base)

            (3/30/83 - 4/2/83) Chief Scientist

            (4/4/83 - 4/15/83)

            (4/17/83 - 4/30/83) Chief Scientist

1984:    R/V Iselin: FASINEX large-scale array mooring cruise (Miami to Miami)

            (10/25/84 - 10/31/84) Chief Scientist

1987:    R/V Point Sur: CTZ (Monterey to Monterey)

            (6/15/87 – 6/28/87)

1990:    R/V Thomas Washington: TOPO mooring deployment cruise (San Diego to San Diego)

            (9/12/90 - 9/20/90) Chief Scientist

1994:    R/V Thomas G. Thompson: ONR Arabian Sea Project (Muscat to Muscat)

            (11/28/94 - 12/18/94)

1995:    R/V Thomas G. Thompson: ONR Arabian Sea Project (Muscat to Muscat)

            (2/9/95 - 3/3/95) Chef Scientist

            (6/21/95 - 7/13/95) Chief Scientist

1996     R/V Endeavor: PRIMER pilot cruise (Narragansett to Narragansett)

            (5/5/96 - 5/11/96)

1998:    R/V Oceanus: GLOBEC mooring cruise (Woods Hole to Woods Hole)

            (10/10/98 - 10/13/98)

1999:    R/V Atlantis: WHOI PR cruise with Rita Colwell (Astoria to Astoria, OR)

            (4/3/99 - 4/6/99)

2003:    R/V Melville: ONR Northwest Australia Project (Port Hedland to Darwin)

            (6/18/03 - 7/17/03) Chief Scientist


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