CURRICULUM VITAE (Abstract)
I. GENERAL INFORMATION:
Full name: Nelson Melo
Home address: 3440 NE 15th Dr., Homestead, Florida, 33033
Home Telephone: 305 245 5644
Mobil Telephone: 305 331 2309
II. ACADEMIC DEGREES:
“Bachelor of Physics” Grade point average: 4.8 / 5 (Excellent).
Specialization: a) Nuclear Physics. b) Electronic and Solid State Physics.
Obtained at the Physics Faculty, University of Havana, Cuba. (1972 - 1978).
2. Master degree:
“Master of Physical Sciences”, Thesis Title: “Mossbauer Effect in Cuban Magnetites” (1978).
Obtained at the Physics Faculty, University of Havana, Cuba.
3. Ph D. degree:
Thesis Title: “Characterization of oceanographic parameters and phenomena around the island of Cuba from thermal and color space images of the sea.” University of South Florida (USF), USA. (In prep).
4. Post-graduated studies:
Post graduate university courses
in general oceanography (16 months) received in
“Marine Remote Sensing”
Post graduate courses in Marine Remote Sensing (18 months) received in Russia, Germany, Venezuela, Chile and USA (Institute of Oceanography (Shirchov) Moscow, Russia; Institute for Cosmic Research, Berlin, Germany; Institute of Oceanography, Rootstock, Germany; Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela; University of Chile, Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), Santiago, Chile; University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Fl, USA.)
“Science and computer instrumentation”.
Post graduate courses in science
and computer instrumentation (22 month) received in
5. Scientific category:
(2nd highest level in
Granted by the Central Commission of Scientific Categories, Academy of Sciences of Cuba. Date obtained: August 3, 1992.
Associate Researcher III Granted by the Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). Date obtained: July, 2006.
1. Science Research: Oceanography and Marine Remote Sensing (remote sensors and aero-space digital images processing, applied to the marine research).
Instituto de Oceanología (IDO), Instituto Hidrografico (ICH), Instituto de Geodesia y Cartografia (ICGC), Agencia de Medio Ambiente. Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Medio Ambiente (CITMA) Havana, Cuba (1978-1999).
Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) Miami, USA (2001-2006).
Director of the
Division of Research and Environment; Head of the Research Group in Marine
Remote Sensing; Principal Investigator of the International Project with the
European Space Agency (ESA): “Integrated study of coastal environment in
2. Science and Computer Instrumentation: Installation and operation of science, radio-location and computer instrumentation (computer and network installation, cabling, hardware and software maintenance, setup, and operation). AM Computers Corp.
IV. PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINES:
Nuclear Physics, Physical Oceanography and Marine Remote Sensing, Science and Computer Instrumentation.
Spanish: Native Language.
English: Speak, translate, read and write.
Russian: Speak, read and write.
Partial List of Recent Relevant Publications
· Zhao J., Barnes B., Melo N, English D., Lapointe B., Muller-Karger F., Schaeffer B., Hu C. "Assessment of satellite-derived diffuse attenuation coefficients and euphotic depths in south Florida coastal waters". Remote Sensing of Environment. 131 (2013) 38–50
· Zhao J., Hu C., Lapointe B., Melo N, Johns E. and Smith R. "Satellite-Observed Black Water Events off Southwest Florida: Implications for Coral Reef Health in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary". Remote Sensing. 2013, 5, 415-431; doi:10.3390/rs5010415
· Manzello, Derek P., I. C. Enochs, N. Melo, D. K. Gledhill, and E. M. Johns (2012). "Ocean Acidification Refugia of the Florida Reef Tract". PLoS ONE 7(7): e41715. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0041715.
· Kruczynski W.L., Fletcher P.J., Editors; Melo N. et. al. “Tropical Connections: South Florida’s Marine Environment” BOOK 473P. (2012). ISBN 978-0-9822305-3-4.
· Ivan Peréz-Santos y W. Schneider (2012), Book: “Oceanografía de la Cuenca de Yucatán, Mar Caribe: Implicaciones dinámicas, observaciones y modelos numéricos”, Capítulo 4: Respuesta de la clorofila-a durante el paso de eventos meteorológicos de escala sinóptica”. Arnoldo Valle-Levinson, Marcus Sobarzo, Inia Soto, José Garcés-Vargas, Raúl Montoya-Sánchez, Nelson Melo y Frank Müller-Karger. Editorial Académia Española, ISBN: 978-3-8454-9263-6, 148 pp.
· Jennifer P. Cannizzaro, Chuanmin Hu, Kendall L. Carder, Christopher R. Kelble, Nelson Melo, Elizabeth M. Johns, Gabriel A. Vargo, Cynthia A. Heil “ON THE ACCURACY OF SEAWIFS OCEAN COLOR DATA PRODUCTS ON THE WEST FLORIDA SHELF” In Press. (Approved Dec. 2012), Ref.: Ms. No. J. COASTAL RESEARCH - D-12-00223.
· Melo N., T. Lee, N. Smith, E. Johns, R. Smith, P. Ortner, D. Smith. (2008). “Understanding Florida Bay Hypersalinity and Water Exchange”, Abstract published in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Planning, Policy and Science Conference. Jul 28-Aug 01 2008 Naples, Fl.
· Fiechter J, B. K. Haus, N. Melo, C. N.K. Mooers (2008). Physical processes impacting passive particle dispersal in the Upper Florida Keys. Continental Shelf Research 28 (2008) 1261– 1272.
· Lee, T. N., N. Melo, E. Johns, C. Kelble, R. H. Smith, P. Ortner. (2007). On Water Renewal and Salinity Variability in the Northeast Subregion of Florida Bay. Bulletin of Marine Science, 82(1): 83–105, 2008.
· Melo N., T. N Lee, M. B. Framiñan, E. M. Johns, R. H. Smith, D. Smith. (2007). Florida Bay Sea Level Response to Local Wind Forcing. Submitted to Bulletin of Marine Science (Jun. 23 2008).
· Lee, T. N., E. Johns, N. Melo, R. H. Smith, P. Ortner and D. Smith. (2006). On Florida Bay hypersalinity and water exchange. J. Bull. Mar. Sci. 79(2): 301-327.
· Melo N., T. Lee, N. Smith, E. Johns, R. Smith, P. Ortner, D. Smith. (2005) “Recent Measurements of Salinity, Flow and Sea Level Variability in the Western Basin of Florida Bay – Rabbit and Twin Key Basins” Abstract published in the Florida Bay and Adjacent Marine Systems Science Conference. Dec 11-14 2005 Duck Key, Fl.
· Bitterman D., N. Melo, R. Smith and W. Wilson (2003) “Florida Bay Shallow Water Surface Drifter” Paper published in CD-ROM by: X-CD Technologies. Office of Conferences and Institutes (OCI), University of Florida / IFAS, PO Box 110750, Building 639, Mowry Road, Gainesville, FL 32611-0750, PHONE: 352-392-5930 / FAX: 352-392-9734.
· Melo N., Lee T. N., Williams E. J., Smith D., Framinan M., Smith R., Johns E., (2003). “A Movie of Florida Bay Sea Level Response to Local Wind Forcing” Paper published in CD-ROM by: X-CD Technologies. Office of Conferences and Institutes (OCI), University of Florida / IFAS, PO Box 110750, Building 639, Mowry Road, Gainesville, FL 32611-0750, PHONE: 352-392-5930 / FAX: 352-392-9734.
· Melo N., Müller-Karger F., Cerdeira S., Pérez de los Reyes R., Victoria del Río I., Cárdenas Pérez P., Ida Mitrani Arenal I. (2000) “Near-Surface Phytoplankton Distribution in the Western Intra-Americas Seas: The Influence of -El Niño- and Weather Events”. Journal Geophysics Research JGR, Vol. 105, N0. C6, Pages 14,029-14,043, June 15, 2000.
“General oceanography.”; “Computer programming (Pascal).”; A+, Networking Essentials. “Autonomous diver.”; “Statistic and experimental design.”; “Oceanographic instrumentation”, “Interpretation of space images”; “Radio-localization”(Syledis instrumentation and GPS); “Digital images processing in marine areas from the Russian space scanner (MSU-M); “Marine Spectrometry”; “Digital image and spectrometric data processing”; “Photographic methods for determination of depths in shelf areas”; “Update of topographical maps using space images”; “German digital images processing system A-6472/Feag-200”; “Marine Remote Sensing”; “Spectrometry and active influence in the atmosphere”; “Administration and actions on the coast”; “Geographical Information Systems”; “Space image processing using the space sensors AVHRR and CZCS in areas of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico”; “Low Cost Remote Sensing Systems”; “Social Problems of the Science and the Technology.”; “Philosophy for Ph D. in Physical Sciences”; “Air and Space Remote Sensing, in Cuba: Current State and Perspectives”; “Intensive Course on Remote Sensing of the Ocean: Applications for Ocean Colour, Temperature, Wind Stress and Altimetry”; “Business Management by Objectives”; “Space images pressing and analysis using the space sensors AVHRR and SeaWiFS in areas of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico”.
VII. TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
Have taught 6 courses to university and superior technical level student:
“Electromagnetism”; “General oceanography”; “Remote Sensing”; “Remote Sensing of the natural resources”; “Marine Remote Sensing”. “Computer instrumentation”.
VIII. SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Research Project Participation.
Participant in 28 national (Cuba) or international Projects in oceanographic research and marine Remote Sensing.
Head, Scientific leader or Principal Investigator in 16 national (Cuba) or international projects in oceanographic research and Marine Remote Sensing.
Published research papers:
23 papers published in national (
2 papers in preparation.
17 unpublished scientific reports and/or papers.
IX. PARTICIPATION IN CONGRESSES AND SYMPOSIA.
Participant, author or speaker in 26 national or international congresses and symposia.
X. PARTICIPATION IN OCEANOGRAPHIC RESEARCH CRUISERS.
Participant, scientific Cruise Leader, or Principal Investigator in 146 national (Cuba) or international (Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Black Sea, Baltic Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Florida Bay, etc.) oceanographic research cruises.
XI. THESIS ADVISOR.
Tutor or advisor in 4 degree thesis.
Participant in 5 interviews in the national television, radio, and journals in Cuba and USA.
Updated: Aug 2013.