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Bjorn Kjerfve

A Special Acknowledgement To:

Björn Kjerfve, Ph.D., Chancellor

CERF Lifetime Member



American University of Sharjah
PO Box 26666, Sharjah
United Arab Emirates
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   We are proud to acknowledge Dr. Björn Kjerfve as a Lifetime Member of the Coastal Education and Research Foundation. He is the former Dean of the College of Geosciences and was a Professor of Oceanography at Texas A&M University, 2004-2009. While at Texas A&M, he oversaw four academic departments, the Texas Sea Grant Program, and the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), including the 475' ocean sciences drilling vessel, D/V JOIDES Resolution. Kjerfve was previously Professor of Marine and Geological Sciences at the University of South Carolina, 1973-2004, and served as the Director of the Marine Science Program, 2000-2004. He received Ph.D., M.S., and B.A. degrees from Louisiana State University (Marine Sciences), University of Washington (Oceanography), and Georgia Southern University (Mathematics), respectively.

   Professor Kjerfve's expertise is coastal and estuarine physical oceanography. He has published some 12 books and 250 scientific journal papers, book chapters, and reports; has supervised 14 Ph.D. dissertations and 24 M.S. theses, and taught more than 6,000 oceanography students. His research includes problem-solving in estuarine and coastal waters as well as climate change and has attracted $20 million in research funding for 90 projects. Dr. Kjerfve's field research has taken place along the East and Gulf coasts of the USA, the Caribbean, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Thailand, Malaysia, the Persian Gulf, Papua New Guinea, and Australia. Dr. Kjerfve was elected as a corresponding member of the Academia Brasileira de Ciências, the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in 2012. Dr. Kjerfve has served as the President of the World Maritime University from 2009 to 2014. He now has the great honor of serving as the fourth Chancellor of the American University of Sharjah in the UAE.

Selected Publications:

Cavalcante, G.H.; Kjerfve B.; Bauman A.D., and Usseglio P., 2011. Water currents and water budget in a costal mega-structure, Palm Jumeirah Lagoon, Dubai, UAE. Journal of Coastal Research, 27(2), 384-393.

Cavalcante, G.H.; Kjerfve B.; Knoppers B., and Feary D.A., 2010. Coastal currents adjacent to the Caeté Estuary, Pará Region, North Brazil. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 88(1), 84-90.

Medeiros, C. and Kjerfve B., 2005. Longitudinal salt and sediment fluxes in a tropical estuary: Itamaracá Brazil. Journal of Coastal Research, 21(4), 751-758.

Perillo, G.M.E. and Kjerfve B., 2005. Regional estuarine and coastal systems of the Americas: an introduction. Journal of Coastal Research, 21(4), 729-730.


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