Alfredo Aretxabaleta

My research mainly focuses in problems related to sediment transport, especially during storm events, that can affect the redistribution of sediment containing harmful algal bloom organisms and the dynamics of cohesive sediment. Another important focus is the investigation of the processes controling water level in coastal environments including tidal effects, storm events, and sea level rise.


I have a B.S. degree in Marine Sciences (1998) from the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) and a Ph.D. in Marine Sciences (Physical Oceanography) from UNC Chapel Hill (2005). I worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Marine Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill, at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (AOPE), and at the Instituto de Ciencias del Mar - CSIC in Barcelona, Spain. I worked as a scientific programmer contractor at U.S. Geological Survey Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center (WHCMSC) until 2016. Now, I am an oceanographer at the WHCMSC.


Ganju, N. K., M. J. Brush, B. Rashleigh, A. L. Aretxabaleta, P. del Barrio, M. Forsyth, J. S. Grear, L. A. Harris, S. J. Lake, G. McCardell, J. O’Donnell, D. K. Ralston, R. P. Signell, J. M. Testa, J. M.P. Vaudrey, Progress and challenges in coupled hydrodynamic-ecological estuarine modeling, Estuaries and Coast, doi:10.1007/s12237-015-0011-y, 2015. 

del Barrio, P., Ganju, N., Aretxabaleta, A., Hayn, M., Garcia, A., and Howarth, R., Modeling Future Scenarios of Light Attenuation and Potential Seagrass Success in a Eutrophic Estuary: Estuaries and Coasts, v. 149:,13–23, doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2014.07.005, 2014. 

Aretxabaleta, A. L., Butman, B., Signell, R. P., Dalyander, P. S., Sherwood, C. R., Sheremet, V. A., McGillicuddy, D. J., Near-bottom circulation and dispersion of sediment containing Alexandrium fundyense cysts in the Gulf of Maine during 2010-2011. Deep-Sea Research II,, 103, 96-111, do1:10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.11.003, 2014.

Grifol, M., Cracia, V., Aretxabaleta, A., Guillen, J., Espino, M., and Warner, J., Formation of fine sediment deposit from a flash-flood river in the Mediterranean Sea: Journal of Geophysical Research, 119, 5837–5853, doi:10.1002/2014JC010187, 2014. 

Lough, R. G., Aretxabaleta, A. L. Transport and retention of vertically migrating adult mysid and decapod shrimp in the tidal front on Georges Bank. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 514, 119–135, doi:10.3354/meps10977, 2014. 

Butman, B., Aretxabaleta, A. L., Dickhudt, P. J., Dalyander, P. S., Sherwood, C. R., Anderson, D. M., Keafer, B. A., Signell, R. P., Investigating the importance of sediment resuspension in Alexandrium fundyense cyst population dynamics in the Gulf of Maine. Deep-Sea Research II,, 103, 79-95, doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.10.011, 2014. 

Aretxabaleta, A. L., B. Butman, and N. K. Ganju, Water level response in back-barrier bays unchanged following Hurricane Sandy, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, doi:10.1002/2014GL059957, 2014. 

Ganju, N., Aretxabaleta, A., and Miselis, J., Physical and biogeochemical controls on light attenuation in a eutrophic, back-barrier estuary: Biogeosciencess, 11(24), 7193-7205, doi:10.5194/bgd-11-12183-2014, 2014. 

Grifoll, M., A. L. Aretxabaleta, J. L. Pelegri, M. Espino, J. C. Warner, A. Sanchez-Arcilla. Seasonal circulation over the Catalan inner-shelf (Northwest Mediterranean Sea), J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1002/jgrc.20403, 2013. 

Aretxabaleta, A. L., K. W. Smith, Multi-regime non-Gaussian data filling for incomplete ocean datasets. J. Marine Syst., 119-120 , 11-18, doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2013.03.001, 2013.