Fernando Pareja
Research Associate

Full CV

Research Interests

I am a physical oceanographer with a background in engineering and meteorology. I am interested in coastal ocean dynamics and air-sea interaction (marine meteorology), mainly based on coupled numerical models of weather, ocean circulation, and waves. I enjoy applying fundamental principles of fluid mechanics to address problems that have a strong anthropogenic component such as infrastructure and clean energy development. At RUCOOL, I study the impact of offshore wind farms in the structure of oceanic and atmospheric boundary layers.


Short History

I grew up in the Caribbean, in Cartagena, Colombia, which set me up for a life around the ocean. I received my B.S. in Environmental Engineering at Universidad de los Andes, a M.S. in Marine Meteorology at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography at Rutgers University. In between programs, I was a visiting scientist in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics at CICESE, Mexico, and at the Russian State Hydromet University in St. Petersburg, Russia. I worked as a postdoc in Ocean Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, and in Ocean Dynamics at Rutgers. I joined RUCOOL in fall 2021.


Select Publications

Pareja-Roman, L. F., Chant, R. J., & Ralston, D. K. (2019). Effects of Locally Generated Wind Waves on the Momentum Budget and Subtidal Exchange in a Coastal Plain Estuary. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 124(2), 1005-1028. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JC014585

Pareja-Roman, L. F., Chant, R. J., & Sommerfield, C. K. (2020). Impact of Historical Channel Deepening on Tidal Hydraulics in the Delaware Estuary Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 125(12), e2020JC016256. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1029/2020JC016256

Li, L., Zhu, J., Chant, R. J., Wang, C., & Pareja-Roman, L. F. (2020). Effect of Dikes on Saltwater Intrusion Under Various Wind Conditions in the Changjiang Estuary. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 125(7), e2019JC015685. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JC015685

Li, L., Zhu, J., & Pareja-Roman, L. F. (2021). Calculating salinity variance fluxes using isohaline coordinates. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 254, 107311. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2021.107311