UM Professor Elected to Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

MIAMI–University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Professor Rana Fine has joined the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), a non-profit consortium of 117 North American colleges and universities focused on research and training in Earth System Science.

Fine, professor of oceanography in the Department of Ocean Sciences, teaches courses on oceanography and chemical oceanography. Her research is focused on large-scale ocean circulation and climate related variability in the ocean’s ventilation by atmospheric gases. Her global measurements and 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications have helped quantify the ocean’s uptake of anthropogenic CO2 and the ocean’s role in decadal time-scale climate processes.

For her research, Fine uses tracers to investigate physical processes and how they affect the capacity of the ocean to take up atmospheric components and to assess changes in ventilation time scales. Fine has been involved in several international global-change programs and participated in over 30 scientific voyages to the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans. Her contributions have included the analysis of transient tracers, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), which function like dyes, identifying pathways of newly ventilated waters. Their seawater concentrations relative to their atmospheric histories provide critical time-scale information for models. Her research has contributed to estimates of the age of oceanic layers, their transport pathways, and their renewal rates, as well as rates of biogeochemical processes.

In recognition of her research accomplishments, Fine was elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Meteorological Society, and the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS). She has served in many leadership positions for these organizations, including on the AGU Board of Directors and as president of its Ocean Sciences Section, on the AMS Council, chair of the AAAS Atmospheric and Hydrological Sciences Section, and on the Advisory Committee for the Geosciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation. Fine has chaired the UCAR Board of Trustees. At the University of Miami she received the Provost’s Award for Scholarly Activity and is a member of UM’s highest honor society—Iron Arrow.

In addition to her research, she continues to be involved in the UM and oceanographic community through various leadership positions and was vice chair of the Rosenstiel School’s School Council. She initiated and organized a continuing program called Women In Science to introduce middle school girls to the ocean sciences. Over the years, she has facilitated a variety of programs to increase the recruitment and retention of women and minorities in ocean sciences.

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About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
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