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James Howard MacMahan

Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Phone: (831) 656-2379
Other Experience
  • 2007 Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Delaware
  • 2005 - 2007 Assistant Professor, University of Delaware
  • 1998 - 2003 Graduate Research Assistant, University of Florida
  • 1998 - 1999 Research Assistant, US Geological Survey
  • 1996 - 1998 Research Assistant, Coastal Science Engineering
  • 1994 - 1998 Teaching & Research Assistant, University of South Carolina
Research Interests
In Situ Field Observations: Surfzone, Inner Shelf, Inlets, & Rip Currents
Statistical Analysis
Teaching Interests
Introduction to Coastal Engineering
Nearshore Processes
Time Series Analysis
Littoral Field Studies


  • 2003 - Fellowship Award, National Research Council
  • 2003 - ONR/NSF/NOAA Physical Oceanography Dissertation Symposium II Award
  • 2002 - American Geophysical Union Best Student Presentation
  • 2001 - United States-New Zealand Fulbright Fellowship Recipient

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • American Geophysical Union

Scholarly Work

  • Journal Article
  • Slivinski, L. C., Pratt, L. J., Rypina, I. I., Orescanin, M. S., Raubenheimer, B., MacMahan, J. H., & Elgar, S, (2017). Assimilating Lagrangian data for parameter estimation in a multiple-inlet system. Ocean Modelling, MAY(113), 131-144.
  • Gough, M. K., Reiners, A., Olascoaga, M. J., Haus, B. K., MacMahan, J. H., Paduan, J. D., & Halle, C, (2016). Lagrangian Coherent Structures in a coastal upwelling environment. Continental Shelf Research, (128), 36-50.