Estuarine processes, hydrodynamics, remote sensing, tidal analysis

Joe Jurisa

Post-doctoral Researcher



Email: jurisa@pdx.edu

Personal Research Website: joejurisa.wordpress.com

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Joe Jurisa


I am a physical oceanographer mainly focused on mixing and transport processes in estuarine and coastal systems.


PhD – Oceanography, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (2012)

B.S. – Marine Science with a minor in Mathematics, University of South Carolina (2006)


2015-present:  Post‐doctoral Research Associate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Portland State University.

2012-2015:  Post‐doctoral scholar, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University. Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Nash

2006-2012:  Graduate research assistant, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Advisor: Dr. Robert Chant



My research focuses on understanding the mixing and transport processes driving the water mass transformation in the estuarine and coastal regions as these processes ultimately control the fate of freshwater and the water mass structure on the continental shelf. To advance this pursuit I develop novel analytical tools and utilize numerical models along with observational oceanographic and meteorological data in an attempt to capture and advance the understanding of the underlying physical processes.

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Jurisa JT and J Nash (in prep). The relevance of frontal mixing to the evolution of an energetic tidal river plume. To be submitted to Journal of Geophysical Research

Moghimi, S, Ç Akan, JT Jurisa, and HT Öskan-Haller (submitted) Mechanistic analysis of the wave-current interaction in the plume region of a partially mixed tidal inlet. Submitted to Ocean Modelling.

Jurisa JT, JD Nash, JN Moum, and LF Kilcher (2016). Controls on turbulent mixing in a strongly stratified and sheared tidal plume.  Journal of Physical Oceanography 43(12), 2571-2587

Styles R, Borgianini S, Brodie R, and JT Jurisa (2014). Application of a particle transport model in the vicinity of a river tidal boundary. Journal of Coastal Sciences, 1(2), 1-10

Jurisa JT and RJ Chant (2013). Impact of offshore winds on a coupled buoyant river plume/estuarine system. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 43, 2571-2587.

Jurisa JT and RJ Chant (2012). The coupled Hudson River estuarine-plume response to variable wind and river forcings. Ocean Dynamics, 62, 771-784.

Chant RJ, J Wilkin, W Zhang, B-J Choi, E Hunter, R Castelao, S Glenn, JT Jurisa, O Schofield, R Houghton, J Kohut, T Frazer, M Moline (2008). Dispersal of the Hudson River Plume in the New York Bight: Synthesis of Observational and Numerical Studies During LaTTE. Oceanography, 21(4), 148-161.