Libe Washburn is a professor and oceanographer at the UCSB Marine Science Institute, and faculty within the Department of Geography. His academic background is in engineering, and worked as an aerospace engineer prior to becoming an oceanographer. Washburn's research focuses on oceanographic studies to understand how ocean circulation processes affect marine communities in ocean environments. His work with PISCO centers on how coastal current patterns control dispersal and settlement of marine organisms into near shore habitats. He is also interested in physical-biological coupling, how ocean circulation processes are affected by winds, and how oceanographic processes control ocean acidification in nearshore coastal waters. Washburn employs a variety of approaches in his work including high frequency (HF) radio systems for mapping surface currents, moorings, ocean gliders, and other autonomous underwater vehicles. He is an active participant in the evolving coastal ocean observing systems and is the chair of the Board of Governors of the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (www.sccoos.org).
University of California Santa Barbara