Associate Professor
Physical oceanography

Contact Info

252 Marine Sciences Bldg.
Lab office:
251/253 Marine Sciences Bldg.
Lab phone:
(706) 542-2527

Two graduate research assistantships available for fall 2020 (1 PhD, 1 MS). Contact for more information.

Personal Website:
  • Ph.D. 2006, Oregon State University (Physical Oceanography)

Amos C, Castelao RM, Medeiros PM (2019), Offshore transport of particulate organic carbon in the California Current System by mesoscale eddies, Nature Communications, 10:4940,

Castelao, RM, H Luo, H Oliver, A Rennermalm, M Tedesco, A Bracco, P Yager, T Mote, PM Medeiros (2019), Controls on the transport of meltwater from the southern Greenland Ice Sheet in the Labrador Sea, JGR Oceans, doi:10.1029/2019JC015159. DOI

Castelao RM, H Luo (2018), Upwelling jet separation in the California Current System, Nature Scientific Reports, doi:10.1038/s41598-018-34401-y. DOI

da Silva CE, Castelao RM (2018), Mississippi River Plume Variability in the Gulf of Mexico From SMAP and MODIS‐Aqua Observations, Journal ofGeophysical Research: Oceans, 123, doi:10.1029/2018JC014159. DOI

Oliver H, Castelao RM, Yager PL.  2018.  Exploring the Potential Impact of Greenland Meltwater on Stratification, Photosynthetically Active Radiation, and Primary Production in the Labrador Sea. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Wang Y, Castelao RM, Di Iorio D.  2017.  Salinity Variability and Water Exchange in Interconnected Estuaries. Estuaries and Coasts. :917-929. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Medeiros PM, Babcock-Adams L, Seidel M, Castelao RM, Di Iorio D, Hollibaugh JT, Dittmar T.  2017.  Export of terrigenous dissolved organic matter in a broad continental shelf. Limnology and Oceanography. 62:1718-1731. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Arrigo KR, van Dijken GL, Castelao RM, Luo H, Rennermalm AK, Tedesco M, Mote TL, Oliver H, Yager PL.  2017.  Melting glaciers stimulate large summer phytoplankton blooms in southwest Greenland waters. Geophysical Research Letters. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Yuan Y, Castelao RM.  2017.  Eddy-induced sea surface temperature gradients in Eastern Boundary Current Systems. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Yuan Y, Castelao RM, He R.  2017.  Variability in along-shelf and cross-shelf circulation in the South Atlantic Bight. Continental Shelf Research. 134:52-62. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Wang Y, Castelao RM.  2016.  Variability in the coupling between sea surface temperature and wind stress in the global coastal ocean. Continental Shelf Research. 125:88-96. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Luo H, Castelao RM, Rennermalm AK, Tedesco M, Bracco A, Yager  L., Mote TL.  2016.  Oceanic transport of surface meltwater from the southern Greenland ice sheet. Nature Geoscience. 9:528-532. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Wang Y, Castelao RM, Yuan Y.  2015.  Seasonal variability of alongshore winds and sea surface temperature fronts in Eastern Boundary Current Systems. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. 120:2385-2400.DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Castelao RM, Wang Y.  2014.  Wind-driven variability in sea surface temperature front distribution in the California Current System. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. 119(3):1861-1875. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Castelao RM.  2014.  Mesoscale eddies in the South Atlantic Bight and the Gulf Stream Recirculation region: Vertical structure. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. 119(3):2048-2065. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Castelao RM, He R.  2013.  Mesoscale eddies in the South Atlantic Bight. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. 118(10):5720-5731. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Di Iorio D, Castelao R.  2013.  The Dynamical Response of Salinity to Freshwater Discharge and Wind Forcing in Adjacent Estuaries on the Georgia Coast. Oceanography. 26(3):44-51. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Huang W-J, Cai W-J, Castelao RM, Wang Y, Lohrenz SE.  2013.  Effects of a wind-driven cross-shelf large river plume on biological production and CO2 uptake on the Gulf of Mexico during spring. Limnology and Oceanography. 58(5):1727-1735. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Belem AL, Castelao RM, Albuquerque ALuiza.  2013.  Controls of subsurface temperature variability in a western boundary upwelling system. Geophysical Research Letters. 40(7):1362-1366. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Castelao RM.  2012.  Sea Surface Temperature and Wind Stress Curl Variability near a Cape. Journal of Physical Oceanography. 42(11):2073-2087. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Xu Y, Chant R, Gong D, Castelao R, Glenn S, Schofield O.  2011.  Seasonal variability of chlorophyll a in the Mid-Atlantic Bight. Continental Shelf Research. 31(16):1640-1650. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Castelao R.  2011.  Intrusions of Gulf Stream waters onto the South Atlantic Bight shelf. Journal of Geophysical Research. 116(C10). DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Castelao R, Chant R, Glenn S, Schofield O.  2010.  The Effects of Tides and Oscillatory Winds on the Subtidal Inner-Shelf Cross-Shelf Circulation. Journal of Physical Oceanography. 40(4):775-788. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Castelao R, Glenn S, Schofield O.  2010.  Temperature, salinity, and density variability in the central Middle Atlantic Bight. Journal of Geophysical Research. 115(C10). DOGoogle Scholar BibTex XML

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). DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Castelao R, Glenn S, Schofield O, Chant R, Wilkin J, Kohut J.  2008.  Seasonal evolution of hydrographic fields in the central Middle Atlantic Bight from glider observations. Geophysical Research Letters. 35(3). DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

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. DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Castelao RM, Barth JA.  2006.  Upwelling around Cabo Frio, Brazil: The importance of wind stress curl. Geophysical Research Letters. 33(3). DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

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). DOI Google ScholaBibTex XML

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. Google Scholar BibTex XML

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). DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Castelao RM.  2005.  Coastal ocean response to summer upwelling favorable winds in a region of alongshore bottom topography variations off Oregon. Journal of Geophysical Research. 110(C10). DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML

Barth J.A.  2005.  Time-dependent, wind-driven flow over a shallow midshelf submarine bank. Journal of Geophysical Research. 110(C10). DOI Google Scholar BibTex XML


Research Areas:
Research Interests:

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.