Alfredo Aretxabaleta, PhD

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


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.


  • Sherwood, C.R., Aretxabaleta, A.L., Harris, C.K., Rinehimer, J.P., Verney, R. and Ferré, B., 2018. Cohesive and mixed sediment in the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS v3. 6) implemented in the Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere-Wave-Sediment Transport Modeling System (COAWST r1234). Geoscientific Model Development, 11(5), pp.1849-1871.
  • Kalra, T.S., Aretxabaleta, A., Seshadri, P., Ganju, N.K. and Beudin, A., 2017. Sensitivity analysis of a coupled hydrodynamic-vegetation model using the effectively subsampled quadratures method (ESQM v5. 2). Geoscientific Model Development, 10, pp.4511-4523.
  • Beudin, A., Ganju, N.K., Defne, Z. and Aretxabaleta, A.L., 2017. Physical response of a back‐barrier estuary to a post‐tropical cyclone. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 122(7), pp.5888-5904.
  •  Aretxabaleta, A.L., Ganju, N.K., Butman, B. and Signell, R.P., 2017. Observations and a linear model of water level in an interconnected inlet‐bay system. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 122(4), pp.2760-2780.
  •  Ganju, N.K., Brush, M.J., Rashleigh, B., Aretxabaleta, A.L., Del Barrio, P., Grear, J.S., Harris, L.A., Lake, S.J., McCardell, G., O’Donnell, J. and Ralston, D.K., 2016. Progress and challenges in coupled hydrodynamic-ecological estuarine modeling. Estuaries and coasts, 39(2), pp.311-332.
  • Defne, Z., Ganju, N.K. and Aretxabaleta, A., 2016. Estimating time‐dependent connectivity in marine systems. Geophysical Research Letters, 43(3), pp.1193-1201.
  • Grifoll, M., Aretxabaleta, A.L. and Espino, M., 2015. Shelf response to intense offshore wind. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 120(9), pp.6564-6580.
  • 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.