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Associate Director, Morehead City Field Site
(252) 726-6841
112 Coker Hall, 3431 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC 28557


Johanna Rosman is assistant director of the Morehead City Field Site. She is a physical oceanographer based at the Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City. Her research focuses on physical processes that occur at scales of cm – km and are important for transport in the coastal ocean. Her group uses a combination of field measurements, computer models, and theory to understand and predict these processes. Current research interests include: (1) the interplay between density stratification and turbulent mixing, and its effects on dissolved oxygen levels in estuaries; (2) understanding and predicting flow over complex coral reef topography; and (3) feedbacks between hydrodynamics and biological processes in coastal systems.


Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2007
M.S., Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology, Stanford University, 2000
B.S./B.E., Physics/Environmental Engineering, University of Western Australia, 1998

Selected Publications

Rosman, J.H., and G.P. Gerbi, 2017, Interpreting fixed-location observations of turbulence advected by waves: Insights from spectral models, J. Phys. Oceanogr. 47: 909-931.

Housego, R.M., and J.H. Rosman, 2016, A Model for understanding the effects of sediment dynamics on oyster reef development, Estuaries and Coasts 39(2): 495-509.

Hench, J.L., and J.H. Rosman, 2013, Observations of spatial flow patterns at the coral colony scale on a shallow reef flat, Journal of Geophysical Research 118(C3): 1142-1156.

Rosman, J.H., and J.L. Hench, 2011, A framework for understanding drag parameterizations for coral reefs, Journal of Geophysical Research 116, C08025, doi:10.1029/2010JC006892.

Rosman, J.H., S.G. Monismith, M.W. Denny and J.R. Koseff, 2010, Currents and turbulence within a kelp forest (Macrocystis pyrifera): Insights from a dynamically scaled laboratory model, Limnology and Oceanography 55(3): 1145-1158.

Rosman, J.H., J.R. Koseff, S.G. Monismith and J. Grover, 2007, The Effects of a kelp forest (Macrocystis pyrifera) on coastal hydrodynamics and transport, Journal of Geophysical Research 112: C02016, doi:10.1029/2005JC003430.