Lewis M. Rothstein|University of Rhode Island

  • Co-principal investigatorLewis Rothstein
  • Professor: Physical Oceanography
  • URI Graduate School of Oceanography
  • Phone: 401.874.6517
  • Email: lrothstein@uri.edu
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Lewis Rothstein’s research interests include: impacts of climate change and variability on gyre scale and coastal circulations; mid-to-outer shelf coastal physical processes; submesoscale processes associated with open ocean frontal structures; subsurface heat fluxes associated with tropical cyclones and its impact on carbon cycling; and coupled biogeochemical/ecological/physical modeling of coastal processes.
He teaches two graduate courses in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (OCG 610 and 611) and co-teaches one undergraduate course in general oceanography (for upper level ocean engineering and marine biology students).

He has served as the science director of the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting for eight years. The Institute’s mission is to promote clear and accurate reporting of scientific news and environmental issues; to strengthen understanding and working relationships between members of the scientific community and members of the news media; and to provide opportunities for beginning journalists to learn, on both a formal and an informal level, how to improve their skills in marine and environmental reporting.


Ph.D. (1983) Physical Oceanography, University of Hawaii
M.S. (1979) Physical Oceanography, University of Hawaii
M.S. (1975) Ocean Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amhearst
B.S. (1973) Mechanical Engineering, University of Bridgeport