Dr. Jerry Wiggert

Marine Science Chair & Associate Professor


  • Oceanic biogeochemical and ecological responses to physical variability over the full range of spatio-temporal scales
  • Determination of the impact of aeolian nutrient deposition on spatio-temporal variability of marine primary production, export fluxes and carbon cycling
  • Effect of riverine freshwater fluxes and associated particulate and dissolved materials on the physical and biogeochemical processes of adjacent coastal waters
  • Impact of seasonally developing anoxia on estuarine nitrogen cycling and nitrogen export to the coastal ocean
  • Prediction of harmful algal blooms using biological and chemical fields obtained from an estuarine model
  • Biological and chemical response of the ocean to extreme, episodic forcing



  • Remote Sensing of the Ocean (MAR 411)

This undergraduate course provides students with an introduction to the uses of remote sensing technology in the marine sciences including generation, transmission, and reception methods, active and passive systems, and multispectral techniques.

  • Remote Sensing of the Ocean (MAR 602)

This course introduces students to various remote sensing platforms, the physics behind their operation and the data that they provide (SST, SSH, Chlorophyll, winds, SAR). In-class demonstrations are employed to illustrate where data can be obtained, how to work with the various forms in which they are packaged/distributed, and how to take advantage of the complementary information they provide for analytical purposes.

  • Estuaries (MAR 655)

This course is intended as a comprehensive overview of estuarine processes including physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and the impacts of human activities. The importance of individual processes in regulating estuarine properties are illustrated through comparison of different ecosystems.

  • Ocean Data Analysis (MAR 665)

This course will introduce students to a number of data analysis methods that are applicable to all of the marine science disciplines. Theoretical background of the various techniques will be covered. A practical hands on approach will be applied that will demonstrate the methods of analysis, visualization of results through graphical tools and interpretation of the resulting information will be emphasized.

  • Seminar in Physical Oceanography: Identifying physical processes (MAR 689)

The objective of this course is to advance the students' understanding of dynamic mechanisms in the ocean environment. Students will develop expertise in recognizing and interpreting the signatures of dynamical processes in data sets obtained from research vessels, observational arrays/platforms or extracted from numerical simulations.


Selected Publications

Wiggert, J.D., Hood, R.R. , Brown, C.W., 2017. Modeling Hypoxia and Its Ecological Consequences in Chesapeake Bay. In: D. Justic, R.D. Hetland, K.A. Rose and K. Fennel (Editors), Modeling Coastal Hypoxia: Numerical Simulations of Patterns, Controls and Effects of Dissolved Oxygen Dynamics. Springer, pp. 119-147.

Blancher Ii, E. C., R. A. Park, J. S. Clough, S. P. Milroy, W. M. Graham, C. F. Rakocinski, J. R. Hendon, J. D. Wiggert, and R. Leaf (2017), Establishing nearshore marine secondary productivity baseline estimates for multiple habitats in coastal Mississippi and Alabama using AQUATOX 3.1 NME for use in the Deepwater Horizon natural resource damage assessment, Ecol. Model., 359, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2017.05.004, 49-68.

Dzwonkowski, B., A. T. Greer, C. Briseño-Aveno, J. W. Krause, I. M. Soto, F. J. Hernandez, A. L. Deary, J. D. Wiggert, D. Joung, P. J. Fitzpatrick, S. J. O’Brien, S. L. Dykstra, Y. Lau, M. K. Cambazoglu, G. Lockridge, S. D. Howden, A. M. Shiller, and W. M. Graham (2017), Estuarine influence on biogeochemical properties of the Alabama shelf during the fall season, Cont. Shelf Res., 140, 96-109, doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.csr.2017.05.001.

Feng, Y., M. A. M. Friedrichs, J. Wilkin, H. Tian, Q. Yang, E. E. Hofmann, J. D. Wiggert, and R. R. Hood (2015), Chesapeake Bay nitrogen fluxes derived from a land-estuarine ocean biogeochemical modeling system: Model description, evaluation and nitrogen budgets, J. Geophys. Res., 10.1002/2015JG002931, 2015.

Jones, E. B., and J. D. Wiggert (2015), Characterization of a High Chlorophyll Plume in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico, Rem. Sens. Env., 159, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2014.11.019, 152-166, 2015.

Brown, C. W., R. R. Hood, W. Long, J. Jacobs, D. L. Ramers, C. Wazniak, J. D. Wiggert, R. Wood, and J. Xu, Ecological Forecasting in Chesapeake Bay: Using a Mechanistic-Empirical Modeling Approach, J. Mar. Sys., 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2012.12.007, 113-125, 2013. 

Salihoglu, B., S. Neuer, S. Painting, R. Murtugudde, E. E. Hofmann, J. H. Steele, R. R. Hood, L. Legendre, M. W. Lomas, J. D. Wiggert, S. Ito, Z. Lachkar, G. Hunt, K. F. Drinkwater, and C. L. Sabine, Bridging marine ecosystem and biogeochemistry research: Lessons and recommendations from comparative studies, J. Mar. Sys., 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2012.07.005, 161-175, 2013.

Xu, J., W. Long, J. D. Wiggert, L. W. J. Lannerolle, C. W. Brown, R. Murtugudde, and R. R. Hood, Climate Forcing and Salinity Variability in the Chesapeake Bay, USA. Estuaries and Coasts: DOI 10.1007/s12237-011-9423-5, 2011.

Wiggert, J. D., J. Vialard, and M. Behrenfeld, Basinwide modification of dynamical and biogeochemical processes by the positive phase of the Indian Ocean Dipole during the SeaWiFS era, in Indian Ocean Biogeochemical Processes and Ecological Variability, J. D. Wiggert, R. R. Hood, S. Wajih A. Naqvi, K. H. Brink, and S. L. Smith, Eds., American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C., pp. 350, 2009.

Behrenfeld, M. J., T. K. Westberry, E. S. Boss, R. T. O’Malley, D. A. Siegel, J. D. Wiggert, B. A. Franz, C. R. McClain, G. C. Feldman, S. C. Doney, J. K. Moore, G. Dall’Olmo, A. J. Milligan, I. Lima, and N. Mahowald, Satellite-detected fluorescence reveals global physiology of ocean phytoplankton, Biogeosci., 6, 779-794, 2009.

Wiggert, J.D. , R.G. Murtugudde, and J.R. Christian, Annual ecosystem variability in the tropical Indian Ocean : Results of a coupled bio-physical ocean general circulation model, Deep-Sea Res. II, v 53, 644-676, 2006.

Wiggert, J.D. , R.R. Hood, K. Banse, and J.C. Kindle, Monsoon-driven biogeochemical processes in the Arabian Sea, Prog. Ocean., v 65, 176-213, 2005. 

Babin, S.M., J.A. Carton, T.D. Dickey, and J.D. Wiggert, Satellite evidence of hurricane-induced phytoplankton blooms in an oceanic desert, J. Geophys. Res., v109, doi:10.1029/2003JC001938, 2004.