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About Gary T. Mitchum

Professor Mitchum has been a faculty member in the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida since 1996. Prior to coming to the USF he was a faculty member in the Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii where he was also the Director of the University of Hawaii Sea Level Center. His interest in sea level rise began there in the mid-1980's, and he remains especially interested in the study of 20th century sea level rise. Professor Mitchum's research focuses on the use of satellite and in situ data to study sea level variations and climate change. In addition, he also works on a wide variety of problems in the general area of ocean physics, including ocean eddies, the El Nino phenomenon, internal tides and various types of ocean waves. He also has a long-standing interest in the application of ocean physics to improve our understanding of fisheries.


Present Associate Dean, Professor, University of South Florida College of Marine Science



2017 - 2022 Support of Facilities at the USF/USGS St. Petersburg Science Center
Role: co-PI
2017 - 2021 Multi-model Seasonal Sea Level Forecasts for the U.S. Coast
Role: PI
2013 - 2019 A Climate Data Record of sea level, its steric and mass components
Role: PI
2013 - 2018 The Climate Data Record of Sea Level Change: Are We Missing Something?
Role: PI
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Member, Advisory Board for USF Office of Corporate Partnerships
1997 - Present Member, Honors and Awards, College of Marine Science, USF
1996 - Present Member, Student recruiting, College of Marine Science, USF
2004 - 2011 Chair, CMS Tenure and Promotion Committee, College of Marine Science, USF
2003 - 2004 Chair, Dean’s Advisory Committee, College of Marine Science, USF
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Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Review Paper award, NOAA/ERL for McPhaden et al. (1998)
  • Honorable Mention, NMFS, Best paper in Fishery Bulletin for Polovina and Mitchum (1992)
  • 1992 AGU Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing
  • Florida State University Fellowship (1981-1982)
  • 4-year National Merit Scholarship at the Florida State University


  • OCP 6050 - Physical Oceanography
  • OCE 6934 - Math Methods in Marine Science with Application to Data Analysis
  • OCE 6934 - Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • OCP 6050 - Physical Oceanography


1984 Ph.D., Florida State University
1980 B.S., Florida State University

Contact Information

Office Phone: (727) 553-3941


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