Doron Nof was born in Haifa, Israel. He received both his B.Sc. and his M.S.
from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
His earlier professional associations include: Institute of Ocean Sciences, British Columbia, National Research Council of
Canada Postdoctoral Fellow; Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami, Research Associate,
Research Assistant Professor. He joined the faculty at Florida State University, Department of Oceanography about twenty (20)
years ago as an associate professor. His research and productivity have been rated among the best of the department
throughout these years. Consequently, his promotion to full professor was approved about eight years after the completion
of his Ph.D. As is apparent from the C.V., he has been active in various aspects of physical oceanography. His topics of
interest in the past have been: coastal currents, shelf dynamics, flows through straits and passages, boundary current
dynamics, upwelling in coastal regions, the dynamics of eddies in the upper and deep ocean, equatorial dynamics, general
circulation problems, marginal sea dynamics and cross-equatorial flows.
Some of his work has had impact not only on physical oceanography but also on other aspects
of human endeavors; his theories on the Red Sea crossing and Jesus "walking on ice" have been discussed in major newspapers and
science editorials around the world including the New York Times, the Washington Post and National Geographic. Dr. Nof's research has
also been discussed by the major networks: BBC, CNN, CBS, NBC and ABC.
Dr. Nof's international reputation was established very early in his career and, as
a result, he was invited to the former Soviet Union well before the collapse of the Union (1989) and it's opening to the west.
He recruited, at the time, the first Russian physical oceanography graduate student (Ivan Lebedev) to ever enter an American university.
(Ivan later graduated from Florida State University with a Ph.D. and went on to the University of Adelaide in Australia).
Dr. Nof is usually invited a few times a year to present talks in national and international conferences (e.g., International
Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans, IAPSO. On the administrative side, he served on numerous executive committees
at FSU, on tenure and promotion committees of major institutions around the world (e.g., Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, WHOI).
Dr. Nof's visiting positions include: Summer program in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institution, 1986, 1988, 1997; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Hobart, Australia, 1987; Visiting
Professor, School of Mathematics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 1986; University of Paris,
Laboratoire D'Oceanographie Dynamique et de Climatologie, 1987. Also, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of
Cape Town (South Africa), Tokyo University, and Hokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan) in 1996.
The American Meteorological Society elected him a Fellow in 1993, an award that recognizes outstanding contributions
to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences over a period of years. In 1995, Dr. Nof received the Japan Society
for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship for senior scientists (equivalent to the more familiar Humboldt Fellowship and
Guggenheim Fellowship). In 2005, Dr. Nof was awarded the prestigious EGU Fridtjof Nansen Medal.
Dr. Nof has received numerous grants.
His Office of Naval Research grants include: The Role of Diabatic Heating and Cooling in
Boundary Current Dynamics (1979-81); Study of the Water Exchange between the Caribbean Sea
and the Atlantic Ocean (through the Windward Passage) (1981-82); Mesoscale Processes in the
Ocean (1982-93); How Much Water Passes through each of the Indonesian Passages? (1996-99);
The Tsushima Warm Current and its Various Branches (2001-02).
His National Science Foundation grants include: Theoretical Studies of Eddy-Environment
Interaction (1987-90); Nonlinear Eddy-Environment Interactions (1990-94); Nonlinear Processes in
High Latitudes (1991-95); Flows through Multiple Gaps with Application to the Indonesian
Throughflow (1995-98); Rings, Eddies and Retroflection as a Mechanism for Inter-basin Exchange
(1996-99); The Role of Agulhas Rings in the Western South Atlantic (2000-02); The Agulhas-Brazil
Current Domino (2003-2007); The Bering Strait as a Super Strait (2005-2008) and The Agulhas
Current System (2005-2008).
He received a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study Oceanic
Current Model Development (1988-89) and has received National Aeronautics and Space Administration
grants for Studies of Variable Climate Processes (1995-98); Zonal Propagation of Nonlinear
Oceanic Anomalies (1998-01); Nonlinear Exchange Processes between the Pacific and Indian Oceans
(1998-2001); Variability of the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden (2001-04) and The Role
of the Bering Strait in the General Oceanic and Circulation Climate (2003-2006). In addition,
he received NASA Fellowship Grants for his Ph.D. students (Harper Simmons, Catherine Sandal
and Volodymyr Zharkov). Dr. Simmons received the Young Investigator Award from the Office of
Naval Research and is now a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Dr. Nof also received a grant (with N. Paldor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem) from the Binational Science Foundation to
look at Reddies as a Means of Exporting Water from the Red Sea (1997-2000).