Brandy Kuebel Cervantes, PhD

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Post-doctoral Research Associate
College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences
104 Ocean Admin Bldg.
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR, 97331
Phone: (541) 737-4414
Fax: (541) 737-2064

Research Interests: Coastal Ocean Modeling
I am interested in learning about coastal ocean circulation primarily through the analysis of Eulerian flow fields and Lagrangian descriptions of fluid particle transport obtained from numerical models of wind-driven coastal regions.

Curriculum Vitae


Kuebel Cervantes, B.T., 2004: Numerical Model Investigations of Wind-driven Coastal Circulation, Ph.D. Thesis, Oregon State University. (pdf)

Kuebel Cervantes, B.T. and J.S. Allen, 2006: Numerical Model Simulations of Continental Shelf Flows off Northern California, Deep Sea Research Part II, 53, 2956-2984. (pdf)

Kuebel Cervantes, B.T., J.S. Allen, and R.M. Samelson, 2004: Lagrangian Characteristics of Continental Shelf Flows Forced by Periodic Wind Stress, Nonlin. Proc. Geophys., 11 (1), 3-16. (pdf)

Kuebel Cervantes, B.T., J.S. Allen, and R.M. Samelson, 2003: A Modeling Study of Eulerian and Lagrangian Aspects of Shelf Circulation off Duck, North Carolina, J. Phys. Oc.,33 (10), 2070-2092. (pdf)

Research Projects

I am currently working on numerical modeling of the coastal ocean off northern California as part of the Wind Events and Shelf Transport (WEST) project. This is an NSF-sponsored project and part of the Coastal Ocean Processes (CoOP) program. Many other physical oceanographers, biological oceanographers, and atmospheric scientists are involved in the project, with the common goal of understanding the impact of wind-driven circulation on productivity over the continental shelf.

I am using the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) to simulate the wind-driven flow off northern California. ROMS was developed at Rutgers University. It is a primitive equation model in topography-following s-coordinates with mode-splitting for solving the barotropic (small time step) and baroclinic (large time step) equations. ROMS has many built-in options for advection schemes, pressure gradient algorithms, and horizontal and vertical mixing, as well as the availability of particle tracking, river input, and a biological model, all at the flip of a switch.

See the paper entitled Numerical Model Simulations of Continental Shelf Flows off Northern California in the above publications list for detailed Eulerian and Lagrangian analyses of the shelf circulation in this region.


Coastal oceanography at Oregon State University.
The COAST project led by Jack Barth at Oregon State University.
Website for another ocean model I've used, the Princeton Ocean Model (POM).
A fun summer school on fluid dynamics that I attended at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
Another great summer school on mixing in geophysical flows that I attended in Corsica.
MBARI has a summer internship program, which I participated in as part of the first class of interns in 1997.


Photos of my husband, Darren, and our dogs, Diego and Max.

Photos of our children, Mateo (born 2/22/05) and Anya (born 8/22/07).