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Associate Professor

Dr. Gong is an observational physical oceanographer at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science - William & Mary (VIMS-W&M). He studies dynamical interactions between the coastal and open ocean at mid-latitude and polar regions. Dr. Gong received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2010 and did his postdoc at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution prior to joining the faculty at VIMS-W&M. Dr. Gong uses autonomous underwater vehicles and aerial drones to study coastal ocean dynamics and climate in the southern Mid-Atlantic Bight and the Arctic Ocean. He has sailed into the Northwest Passage and deployed glider in the Beaufort Sea by Mackenzie Canyon. Dr. Gong is currently focused on developing sustainable ocean exploration through the design and application of advanced sailing vessels and advanced autonomous systems.

Ph.D. (Graduated in 2022)

Laur utilized ocean gliders and ROMS ocean model to study the transfer of energy in the Southern Ocean. She investigates how energy moves between different scales in the ocean and what processes are responsible for driving the forward energy cascade to the dissipation scale. Laur is also the author of the open source ocean_data_tools Matlab toolbox.


Ph.D. (Graduated in 2021)

Daniel conducted observational and modeling investigations of the submarine canyons in the southern Mid-Atlantic Bight. He combined data from ocean gliders and results from 3-D numerical modeling in his study.

Anthea Empson

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Anthea is senior completing her degree in Physics at William & Mary. She is currently assisting with glider operations, data processing, and data visualization.


Jack Slater

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jack is a senior in physics at William & Mary. He joined the lab in November 2021 and is currently assisting with glider preparation, piloting, and data QA/QC.

Jeanna Hudson

Lab Operations Manager (2015-2020)

Jeanna received in M.S. degree from VIMS and joined the Laboratory for Ocean Sensing in 2015. Jeanna managed the lab's operational activities and coordinated day to day lab operations. Jeanna helped to deploy glider Sylvia in the Arctic Ocean in 2016 as part of the MARES project and she was instrumental in ensuring the lab's operational capability for many other projects. Jeanna is currently attending the School of Nursing at VCU.

People: Lab Members

Undergraduate Interns

Kelsey Barber

REU Intern (2020)

Impacts of Wind on Ocean Circulation in the Mackenzie Canyon Region of the Beaufort Sea - an observational study using underwater glider

REU Intern (2018)

Characterizing the transport pathways and the storage of freshwater in the western Arctic Ocean through a HYCOM-based drifter study

Undergraduate Research Assistant (2017-2018)

Investigating Autumn Circulation and Transport in the western Arctic Ocean

Jacob Gunnarson

W&M Undergraduate Intern (2017)

Glider investigation of the eastern Beaufort Sea

Lev Looney

REU Intern (2016)

Dominant Driver of Interannual and Decadal Variability in Salinity of the Mid-Atlantic Bight

James Brown

REU Intern (2015)

Investigating cross-shelf exchange at the Mid-Atlantic Bight

REU Intern (2014)

Interannual and Decadal Variability in Temperature and Salinity in the Mid-Atlantic Bight and Georges Bank from 1977 to 2013

W&M Monroe Scholar (2014)

Exploring the exchange flow between the Chesapeake Bay and the continental shelves using the Chesapeake Bay Operational Forecast System

Hunter Winecoff

W&M Undergraduate Intern (2014)

Navigation of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle using onboard hydrographic sensors and the World Ocean Atlas

Brody Marino

W&M Undergraduate Intern (2014)

Studying the coupling between Sea Surface Temperature and Tropical Storms in the North Atlantic

REU Intern (2013)

Volume Transport and Properties of Pacific Water along the Chukchi-Beaufort Shelfbreak and Through Barrow Canyon

Dylan Drake

W&M Undergraduate Intern (2013)

Navigation of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle using bathymetry data

People: Team Members
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