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Tracking Roni

Species: Bull Shark
Scientific Name: Carcharhinus leucas
Date Tagged: February 19, 2011
Location Tagged: Western Bahamas
Gender: Male
Total Length (TL): 245cm

About Roni

The Story Behind the Name:
Whether he’s soaring above the sky-blue waters in a
helicopter, or sitting behind his new desk as Dean of the
University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and
Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), Dr. Roni Avissar is a force to be
reckoned with.

Throughout his distinguished career Avissar’s work has
been funded by various federal agencies, private industry, and
international organizations. Over the past 15 years, he has
conducted extensive research on the deforestation of the Amazon
River basin and its effect on regional and global weather and
climate patterns. His research continues to contribute greatly
to the improvement of weather forecasting (including hurricanes)
and climate models. Together with Dr. Robert L. Walko, a senior
scientist who has also joined him at the Rosenstiel School, they
have developed the Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Model (OLAM), a
new-generation of weather forecasting and climate model. Avissar
also developed the Helicopter Observation Platform (HOP) that
is uniquely equipped to observe the environment near the Earth’s

The SRC research team is excited to continue our work with the
support of such an esteemed and charismatic scientist.

To learn more about Dr. Avissar, visit the Dean’s Welcome at

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