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Skidmore College
Physics Department

Gregory Gerbi Gregory Gerbi

Department Chair, Physics and
Associate Professor, Physics/Geosciences

Office: Dana Science Center 239
Telephone: (518) 580-5127
Personal Web Page: Gregory P. Gerbi


  • B.S., Amherst College
  • M.S., California Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Research Interest

Professor Gerbi studies turbulence dynamics and optical properties of the coastal and surface ocean, processes that are vital to predicting everything from the likely path of spilled oil to the motion of phytoplankton in the upper ocean.  His work involves numerical modeling, shipboard observations, and autonomous observations.


  • General Physics
  • Geodynamics
  • Advanced Theory and Methods in Physics Research

Selected Publications

Kirincich, A.R., S.J. Lentz, and G.P. Gerbi, 2010. Calculating Reynolds stresses from ADCP measurements in the presence of surface gravity waves using the cospectra fit method. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, v. 27, no. 5, 889-907.

Gerbi, G.P., J.H. Trowbridge, E.A. Terray, A.J. Plueddemann, and T. Kukulka, 2009. Observations of turbulence in the ocean surface boundary layer: energetics and transport. Journal of PhysicalOceanography, v. 39, no. 5, 1075-1096.

Gerbi, G.P., J.H. Trowbridge, J.B. Edson, A.J. Plueddemann, E.A. Terray, and J.J. Fredericks, 2008. Direct covariance measurements of momentum and heat transfer across the air-sea interface. Journal of Physical Oceanography, v. 38, no. 5, 1053-1072.

Edson, J., T. Crawford, J. Crescenti, T. Farrar, N. Frew, G. Gerbi, C. Helmis, T. Hristov, D. Khelif, A. Jessup, H. Jonsson, M. Li, L. Mahrt, W. McGillis, A. Plueddemann, L. Shen, E. Skyllingstad, T. Stanton, P. Sullivan, J. Sun, J. Trowbridge, D. Vickers, S. Wang, Q. Wang, R. Weller, J. Wilkin, A.J.

Williams III, D. K. P. Yue, and C. Zappa, 2007. The Coupled Boundary Layers and Air-Sea Transfer Experiment in low winds. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, v. 88, no. 3, 341-356.

Beutner, E.C. and G.P. Gerbi, 2005. Catastrophic emplacement of the Heart Mountain block slide,Wyoming and Montana, USA. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 117, 724-735.