Dave Fratantoni

Engineer  |  Oceanographer  |  Innovator


My oceanographic research interests are all over the place.  No apologies for that.  My main interests are ocean circulation (particularly rings and eddies), the relationships between physics and biology (on a variety of scales), and the development of new observational tools and techniques.

You can get a quick overview of the tools I've used here.

Here is a very rough outline of some of the major research themes and programs I've been involved with:

Ocean Circulation and Mesoscale Variability

     •     North Atlantic Surface Circulation Inferred from Surface Drifters

     •     Rings of the North Brazil Current

     •     Red Sea Outflow Experiment (REDSOX)

     •     Somali Current Rings in the Eastern Gulf of Aden

     •     CLIVAR Mode Water Dynamics Experiment (CLIMODE)

     •     Glider-based Transport Measurements on the New England Shelf

     •     Glider-based Transport Measurements in the U.S. Virgin Islands

     •     Salinity Processes in the Upper Ocean Regional Study (SPURS)

Novel Explorations of Ocean Physics and Biology

     •     Thin Phytoplankton Layers in the Western Tropical Pacific

     •     Layered Organization in the Coastal Ocean (LOCO)

     •     Marine Mammal Ecology and Acoustics in the Gulf of Maine

     •     Acoustics of Spawning Grouper in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Instrument and Observing System Development

     •     Autonomous Ocean Sampling Networks (AOSN)

     •     Adaptive Sampling and Prediction (ASAP)

     •     The Submerged Autonomous Launch Platform (SALP)

     •     The Autonomous Expendable Instrument System (AXIS)

     •     RAFOS Ocean Acoustic Monitoring (ROAM) tag: Tracking Marine Megafauna

David Fratantoni underwater in Taiwan