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The RSMAS Beal Lab: (back row) Dr. Pierre L'Hégaret, K McMonigal; (front row) Houraa Daher, Dr. Yu Cheng, Prof. Lisa Beal, Dr. Shane Elipot

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lisa headshotProf. Lisa Beal

Professor and Associate Dean of Research

Lisa Beal is a Professor of Oceanography in the Ocean Sciences department at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She is an expert on the Agulhas System of currents off South Africa and has brought recognition to the key role this System plays in a warming climate through her publications and international leadership.

Beal teaches courses on Physical Oceanography and on Climate Change. She advises graduate students and postdoctoral scientists in both the Ocean Sciences and the Meteorology and Physical Oceanography programs, conducting research using observing and modelling tools. 

In addition to her research, Beal is involved in community work to increase the engagement, recruitment, and retention of women and minorities in oceanography. She also works to advance resources and capacity for ocean sciences in southern Africa, where she teaches periodically in the Honors program at the University of Cape Town and has formed local partnerships to develop sustained observations of the Agulhas System.

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MPO 503: Intro to Physical Oceanography


Dr. Shane Elipot shane

Associate Scientist 

I am a physical oceanographer in the Department of Ocean Sciences at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science of the University of Miami.

I conduct research in atmosphere-ocean interactions, the oceanic surface boundary layer, the dynamics of the meridional overturning circulation, and the Agulhas Current System. I am interested in the nature of oceanic and atmospheric observations, and more generally in time series and covariance analyses of environmental data.

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Dr. Yu Cheng lisa

5th Year PhD Candidate

Recently completed my PhD from RSMAS, University of Miami. My research focuses on identifying the missing links between Agulhas leakage and the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation using a high resolution coupled climate model. Specifically, I track millions of virtual particles to quantify Agulhas leakage. Coming from an atmospheric science background, I want to combine my experiences in climate modeling, scientific programming, and physical oceanography to ask more challenging questions.

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K McMonigal

3rd Year PhD Student

I am a third year PhD student, working on the Agulhas System Climate Array (ASCA) project. My dissertation is focused on estimating the heat transport of the South Indian Ocean. I love going to sea, although it doesn't work very well with my other passion of running marathons. I studied math and earth sciences at Northwestern before coming to Miami for my PhD.

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Houraa Daher hd

2nd Year PhD Student

I graduated from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) in 2015 with a B.S.E. in Earth Systems Sciences and Engineering. I am currently working on a project quantifying Agulhas Leakage using Lagrangian observations, specifically Argo and RAFOS floats and drifters from NOAA's Global Drifter Program (GDP), and simulations. In my free time I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, going to the beach, and playing sports. On my lazier days I like to read, eat, watch tv, and take naps.

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