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Dr. Ruby Krishnamurti

Professor Emeritus
The J. Stewart Turner Professor of Oceanography
Ph.D., 1967, University of California, Los Angeles
Physical Oceanography
Phone: (850) 644-6085
Office: Keen018

Nature on the grand scale of the oceans and atmosphere has had a compelling attraction that has always challenged the humand mind. I received my Ph.D. in Physics and worked in stability theory, transition to turbulent convection and on laboratory and mathematical models of the large-scale wind-driven ocean circulation. My interest in turbulent convection continues and it has led to the discovery of a new kind of order in an otherwise chaotic flow. I have also been studying double-diffusive instablity, with new results which I am hoping to apply toward a better understanding of ocean circulation

One of the stimulating things about being a professor is that each student brings with im his own particular interests and style of addressing problems. Thus, I have directed M.S. and Ph.D. students working in bioconvection and on the heat budget of oil-contaminated Arctic Sea ice, as well as on stability and transition to turbulence. I am proud of their accomplishments as well as their subsequent professional development.