About / C.V.

Dr. Mara M. Orescanin has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oceanography at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) since 2016.  Here, her research focuses on coastal physical oceanography relating to exchange between land and sea through rivers, inlets, marshes, and estuaries. She is currently supervising Master’s students whose projects span ephemeral rivers using novel UAV imaging techniques, plume/wave hydrodynamics, as well as numerically modeling storm surge in small tidal inlet systems.  She believes in an hands-on approach to teaching and mentoring geared at stimulating active learning and has mentored students at all levels from middle school through graduate school.  Prof. Orescanin also teaches several classes to active duty naval METOC (meteorology and oceanography) officers at NPS including Nearshore Processes, Ocean Dynamics II: Waves and Instabilities, Wave and Surf Forecasting, and Littoral Field Methods. 


  • Ph.D (2015) Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography; Applied Ocean Sciences and Engineering  

  • MSc. (2009) University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

  • MSc. (2009) University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; Geology

  • BA (2006) Carleton College; Physics

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