Dr. Jerry Wiggert

Interim Division 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.
  • 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., S.W.A. Naqvi, K.H. Brink and S.L. Smith (Eds.), Indian Ocean Biogeochemical Processes and Ecological Variability. Vol. 185. Geophysical Monograph Series, American Geophysical Union, 350 pp, 2009.

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.

Hood, R. R., J. D. Wiggert, and S. W. A. Naqvi, Indian Ocean Research: Opportunities and Challenges, 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., E. E. Hofmann, and G.-A. Paffenhöfer, A modeling study of developmental stage and environmental variability effects on copepod foraging, ICES J. Mar. Sci., v 65 (3), 379-398, doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsm193, 2008.

Wiggert, J.D. and R.G. Murtugudde, The sensitivity of the Southwest Monsoon phytoplankton bloom to variations in aeolian iron deposition over the Arabian Sea, J. Geophysical Res., v 112, c05005, doi:10.1029/2006JC003514, 2007.

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.

Friedrichs, M.A.M., R.R. Hood, and J.D. Wiggert, Ecosystem model complexity versus physical forcing: Quantification of their relative impact with assimilated Arabian Sea data, Deep-Sea Res. II, v 53, 576-600, 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 hurricaneinduced phytoplankton blooms in an oceanic desert, J. Geophys. Res., v109, doi:10.1029/2003JC001938, 2004.