Dr. Denis A. Wiesenburg



Dr. Denis Wiesenburg serves as provost at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Before coming to Southern Miss, Wiesenburg served as dean of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Wiesenburg has a B.A. in Chemistry from Duke University, a M.S. in Oceanography from Old Dominion University and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from Texas A&M University.

From 1994 to 2004, he served the University of Southern Mississippi at the Stennis Space Center as director of the Center for Marine Science, Associate Director for the Institute of Marine Science, and as chair of the Department of Marine Science.  The USM Hydrographic Science degree program was established in partnership with the U.S. Navy while he was Marine Science department chair.

During his 30-year career as an oceanographer, he has worked for U.S. Naval Ocean Research and Development Activity (NORDA – now Naval Research Laboratory – SSC) and as a research scientist in the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group at Texas A&M University.

In 1986, he lead a team of oceanographers who discovered a new current in the Mediterranean Sea that they named the Algerian Current.