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FAU Harbor Branch Hires Two New Researchers

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (August 30, 2013) – The expertise at FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is broadening, thanks to the hire of two new faculty members with extensive experience in physical oceanography. The positions were made possible through funding provided by the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation.

FAU Harbor Branch recently welcomed Laurent M. Chérubin, Ph.D., who came to HBOI from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science where he was an associate scientist and adjunct faculty member. Chérubin earned an undergraduate degree in fluid mechanics from the University of Bordeaux in France, a master’s degree in physical and coastal oceanography, as well as a Ph.D. in science of marine environment from the University of Méditerranée in Marseille, France.

Mingshun Jiang, Ph.D., will join the FAU Harbor Branch faculty as a physical oceanographer in late September. Jiang will be leaving his position as a research associate and adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts Department of Environmental, Earth and Ocean Sciences in Boston, where he has been for more than 10 years. Jiang earned an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics from Peking University in Beijing, P.R. China and a Ph.D. in physical oceanography from the Ocean University of Qingdao in Qingdao, P.R. China.

“We are very excited to welcome our two new research faculty to Harbor Branch,” said Megan Davis, Ph.D., associate executive director of research. “Their research discipline in physical oceanography will enhance collaborations in ocean science, coastal systems, and the Indian River Lagoon at both Harbor Branch and FAU.”

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