UMiami’s Rosenstiel School Gets New Dean

Written by on September 11, 2009 in Other News


The University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) announced this week that Dr. Roni Avissar, a distinguished atmospheric scientist and scholar, has joined the school as its new Dean.

Over the past 15 years, he has conducted extensive research on the deforestation of the Amazon River basin and its effect on regional and global weather and climate patterns. His research continues to contribute greatly to the improvement of weather forecasting (including hurricanes) and climate models.  Together with Dr. Robert L. Walko, a senior scientist who has also joined him at the Rosenstiel School, they have developed the Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Model (OLAM), a new-generation of weather forecasting and climate model. Avissar also developed the Helicopter Observation Platform (HOP) that is uniquely equipped to observe the environment near the Earth’s surface.

Avissar has moved quickly to restructure the administration and establish a strong leadership team that will help to implement his vision for the Rosenstiel School.  Avissar recently named Dr. Robert K. Cowen, associate dean for Research, and Dr. Hans C. Graber, associate dean for Infrastructure and executive director of the Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS).  He has also established a faculty development committee chaired by Dr. Michael Schmale, which will work with Rosemary Mann, the newly-appointed assistant dean for Advancement at the School.

Avissar is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), as well as the American Meteorological Society (AMS). He is currently the editor of Earth Interactions, a peer-reviewed journal published jointly by AGU and AMS.  Born and raised in France, Avissar immigrated to Israel at the age of 17.  He received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science (Summa Cum Laude) and a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University.

Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions.  Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life.  For more information, please visit

Adapted from materials provided by RSMAS

Copyright © 2009 by Marine Science Today, a Publication of OceanLines LLC

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About the Author: Tom Tripp is the owner of OceanLines Ltd., the publisher of OceanLines and founder and Editor Emeritus of Marine Science Today. He is an award-winning marine journalist, science and aviation writer and long-time public communications specialist. His PR career and much of his writing stems from the fact that he loves to explain stuff. It all began when he and his brother Mark threw all of Mom's tomatoes at the back wall of the house. . . .


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