Associate Professor
Coastal physical oceanography
252 Marine Sciences Bldg.
Office Phone:  (706) 542-2422
Lab Association: 
251/253 Marine Sciences Bldg.
Lab Phone: 
(706) 542-2527
Research Area: 


Ph.D. 2006, Oregon State University (Physical Oceanography)

Research Emphasis:

Coastal ocean dynamics and its impact on the marine ecosystem, wind-driven mesoscale flows, flow-topography interactions, buoyancy-driven flows, internal waves and tides, coupled ocean observing and modeling networks, autonomous underwater gliders.



  • Yeping Yuan (Postdoc 2013-2015) - Now Assistant Professor at Zhejiang University (China)
  • Yuntao Wang (PhD Student 2010-2015) - Now Associate Professor at Second Institute of Oceanography (China)
Graduate Students: 

Renato Castelao's Selected Publications

Castelao R, Schofield O, Glenn S, Chant R, Kohut J.  2008.  Cross-shelf transport of freshwater on the New Jersey shelf. Journal of Geophysical Research. 113(C7)
Castelao RM, Barth JA.  2007.  The Role of Wind Stress Curl in Jet Separation at a Cape. Journal of Physical Oceanography. 37(11):2652-2671.
Castelao RM, Mavor TP, Barth JA, Breaker LC.  2006.  Sea surface temperature fronts in the California Current System from geostationary satellite observations. Journal of Geophysical Research. 111(C9)
Castelao RM, Barth JA.  2006.  Upwelling around Cabo Frio, Brazil: The importance of wind stress curl. Geophysical Research Letters. 33(3)
Castelao RM, Barth JA.  2006.  The Relative Importance of Wind Strength and Along-Shelf Bathymetric Variations on the Separation of a Coastal Upwelling Jet. Journal of Physical Oceanography. 36:412-425.
Castelao RM, Barth JA, Mavor TP.  2005.  Flow-topography interactions in the northern California Current System observed from geostationary satellite data. Geophysical Research Letters. 32(24)
Barth J.A.  2005.  Time-dependent, wind-driven flow over a shallow midshelf submarine bank. Journal of Geophysical Research. 110(C10)