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Ayal Anis

Associate Professor
Department of Marine Sciences

Phone: +1 (409) 740.4987

Ocean and Coastal Studies Bldg., Office 384


Get To Know Ayal Anis

What in your life drew you to your current field of study?

Living and growing up on the beautiful Mediterranean and Red Sea coasts.

What do you hope your students gain from studying or working with you?

The drive to use critical thinking, self-reliance and confidence, and the ability and knowledge how to explore new topics with little or no guidance.

What are you passionate about in your personal life?

Ph.D. Physical Oceanography, Oregon State University, 1994
M.S. Applied Physics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1984
B.S. Physics, Tel-Aviv University, 1982
Courses Taught
MARS 101: Presenting a Physical Oceanography Perspective (undergraduate, 2016)
MARS 410:  Intro to Physical Oceanography (undergraduate, 2009-2016)
MARS 485: Directed Studies (undergraduate, 2010-2013)
MARS 491: Directed Studies (undergraduate, 2014-2016)
MARS/MARB 681: Seminar (graduate, 2009-2011)
MASE 310: Engineering Analysis (undergraduate, 2009-2015)
OCNG 608: Physical Oceanography (graduate, 2009-2016)
OCNG 685: Directed Studies (graduate, 2010-2011)
PHYS 218: Mechanics (undergraduate, 2011-2016)

David Salas-Monreal, A. Anis, and David Alberto Salas-de-Leon, 2016. Tidally formed cyclonic gyre in a shallow estuary. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, currently (Dec, 2016) under revision for resubmission following encouragement of the editor.

Al Senafi F., and A. Anis, (2015). Shamals and climate variability in the Northern Arabian/Persian Gulf from 1973 to 2012. International Journal of Climatology, DOI: 10.1002/joc.4302

Dupuis, K., and Anis A., 2013. Observations and modeling of wind-waves in a shallow estuary: Galveston Bay, Texas. J. of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, 139, 314–325.

Kot B. W., R. Sears, A. Anis, D. P. Nowacek, and C. D. Marshall, 2012. Behavioral Responses of Minke Whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) to Experimental Fishing Gear in a Coastal Environment. J. of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 413, 13-20.

Anis, A., 2006. Similarity Relationships in the Unstable Aquatic Surface Layer. Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L19609, doi:10.1029/2006GL027268.

Anis, A., and G. Singhal, 2006. Mixing in the Surface Boundary Layer of a Tropical Freshwater Reservoir. J. of Marine Systems, 63, 225-243.

Vernieres, G., A. Anis, R. N. Miller, and L. L. Ehret, 2006: Generalized Inversion of Thermistor-Chain Data and a Layer Model of Lake Kinneret. Ocean Modeling, 12, 112-139.

Gal, G., J. Imberger, T. Zohary, J. Antanucci, A. Anis, and T. Rosenberg (2003). Simulating the thermal dynamics of Lake Kinneret. Ecol. Modelling, 162, 69-86.

Reiss, C. S., A. Anis, J. F. Dower, C. T. Taggart, and B. Ruddick. 2002. Relationships among vertically structured in situ measures of turbulence, larval fish, their feeding success, and copepods on Western Bank, Scotian Shelf. Fish. Oceanogr., 11:3, 156-174.

Pawlowicz, R., B. Beardsley, S. Lenz, E. Dever, and A. Anis, 2001: Software simplifies air-sea data estimates. EOS, January 2, 2001, and

Ruddick, B., A. Anis, K. Thompson , 2000. Maximum Likelihood Spectral Fitting: The Batchelor Spectrum. J. Atmos. Oceanic. Tech., 17, 1541-1555.

Anis, A., 1998. On the structure of the upper oceanic boundary layer and the impact of surface waves. Physical Processes in Lakes and Oceans, Coastal and Estuarine studies, 54, 47-60.

Anis, A. and J. N. Moum, 1995. Surface wave-turbulence interactions: scaling (z) near the sea surface. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 25, 2025-2045.

Anis, A. and J. N. Moum, 1994. Prescriptions for heat flux and entrainment rates in the upper ocean during convection. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 24, 2142-2155.

Anis, A. and J. N. Moum, 1992. The superadiabatic surface layer of th eocean during convection. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 22, 1221-1227.

December 2016: “Numerical Simulations of Turbulence Mixing in the Northern Arabian". Li Dapeng, and A. Anis, 2016. AGU Fall Mtg., #187715.

December 2016: “Decay of deep water convection in CMIP5 GCMs in the North Atlantic and Southern Ocean in the 21st century". Molodtsov S., A. Anis, Irina Marinov, and Anna Cabre, 2016. AGU Fall Mtg.

February 2016: "Solar Radiation in the Northern Arabian Gulf – Evaluation of Remotely Sensed Data vs Observations from an Island Station”. A. Anis, and Al Senafi F., 2016. Oc. Sci., Final Paper Number: A34A-2631.

February 2016: “Tidally induced turbulence in the Bermuda underwater cave system". Molodtsov S., A. Anis, and T. M. Iliffe, 2016. Oc. Sci., Final Paper Number: PO34C-3080.

February 2016: “Modeling salinity changes in the Persian Gulf". Wonhyun L. Dapeng L., Kaihatu J. M., and A. Anis, 2016. Oc. Sci., Final Paper Number: PO44E-3202

2016: “Effects of Desalination on Processes in the Persian Gulf: A Modeling Study". Wonhyun L., Dapeng L., Kaihatu J. M., and A. Anis, 2016. 35th ICCE Conference, Istanbul, Turkey. Originally scheduled for 17-22 Jul. but postponed due to the political situation.

2014: "Characterization of Principal Tidal Constituents in the Northern Arabian (Persian) Gulf". Anis A., and Tanuspong Pokavanich, 2014. AGU Abstract ID and Title: 12657: Final Paper Number: OS51A-0953

2014: "Shamals and climate variability in the Northern Arabian/Persian Gulf from 1973 to 2012". Al Senafi F., and A. Anis. AGU Abstract ID and Title: 3160: Final Paper Number: OS51A-0948.

January 2014: "Mixing induced by winter Shamals in the Northwestern Arabian Gulf". Al Senafi F., and A. Anis, 2014. Invited seminar at the Kuwait Coast Guard base, Jan. 2014.

October/November 2013: "Hydrodynamic characterization of the Veracruz continental shelf". Adhhikari A., and A. Anis. Poster at Oceanography Retreat and at the Texas A&M University System 11th Annual Pathways Student Research Symposium.

November 2013: "Shamals and Climate Variability in the Northern Arabian Gulf 1973-2012". Al Senafi F., and A. Anis, 2013. Presentation at Kuwait Institute Scientific Research, Kuwait (Oct 2013) and at Kuwait Graduate Student Conference, San Diego.

November 2013/2014: "Turbulence Mixing and Transport Mechanisms in a Coastal Ecosystem". Pettijohn B., and A. Anis, 2013. Baja California Sur, Mexico. Poster at the Texas A&M University System 11th Annual Pathways Student Research Symposium and Student Research Symposium, TAMUG.

2012: "A re-assessment of the diatom communities in perdido bay and pensacola bay in response to the deepwater horizon oil spill". Adhikari A., J. Nienow, A. Anis, 2012. TAMUS student research symposium.

2012: "Model aided study of wind forced events in the northern Arabian Gulf". Al Senafi F., and A. Anis, 2012. F. Al Senafi and A. Anis. Poster, TAMUS student research symposium, 2012.

October 2011: Invited speaker at seminar series of the Oceanography Dept., Ocean University China

March 2011: "Fluxes and Transport on Continental Shelves". A. Anis, A. Filonov and I. Tereschenko, 2011. Texas A&M and CONACYT Collaborative Research Grant Program Research Symposium.

2011: "Wintertime cross shelf and down slope transport processes off the central Israeli coast". Rosentraub Z., A. Anis, and Ron Goldman, 2011. EGU 2011 conference.

April 2011: "Bottom boundary layer processes on gently sloping coasts". Zhang Z., and A. Anis, 2011. Poster, TAMUG student research symposium.

April 2011: "Effects of Solar Radiation Absorption on the Thermal Structure in Lake". Al Senafi F., and A. Anis, 2011. Poster, TAMUG student research symposium.

10-14 May 2010: "Wintertime cross-shelf circulation and shelf/slope interaction off the central Israeli coast". Rosentraub Z., A. Anis, and R. Goldman, 2010. The 39th CIESM Congress, Venice

2010: "Bottom boundary layer processes on the TX-LA coast". Zhang Z., and A. Anis, 2010. TAMUG student research symposium, April 2010.
Grants and Fellowships

June 2016 - March 2020: NSF-Rapid, Co-PI (Rainer Amon, PI), “Estimating fluxes of CO2 and CH4 along the Siberian Yensei River“, funding $49,457 ($13,996).

April 2015 - March 2020: CONACYT-SENER-HIDROCARBUROS, Co-PI (Rainer Amon, PI), “Hydrocarbon Fund: Study of oceanography and evaluation of oil spill scenarios“, funding $985,883 ($394,353).

August 2014 - July 2017: Qatar National Research Fund, Co-Pi (J. Kaihatu – TAMU PI, V. Panchang – TAMU Qatar Co-PI), “Multi-Scale Modeling of Hydrodynamics in the Arabian Gulf“,funding $848,000 ($126,000).

August 2014 - July 2015: Cameron (Industry), Co-Pi (Rainer Amon, PI), “Dissolved Oxygen measusrements“, funding $51,000 ($7,500).

January 2013 - December 2015: Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science, PI, “Mixing Induced by Winter Shamals in the Northwestern Arabian Gulf“, funding $65,000.

January 2013  - June 2014: TAMU-CONACyT, US-Pi (L. Ladah, CICESE, Mexican PI), “Nearshore physical processes, contamination, and macroalgae and invertebrate communities in a threatened bay in Baja California, Mexico“, funding $24,000 ($12,000).

October 2012 - January 2014: TAMU-CONACyT, US-Pi (A. Filonov, UDG, Mexican PI), “Hydrodynamics and Ecology of a High-Altitude Tropical Crater-Lake Ecosystem”, funding $24,000 ($17,000).

October 2007 – September 2012: US – Israel Binational Science Foundation, US-Pi (Z. Rosentraub, IOLR, Israeli PI), “Wintertime cross shelf circulation and mixing on the central Israeli shelf”, funding $186,000 ($120,000).

September 2010 - August 2012: National Science Foundation, Pi (R. Amon and R. Brinkmeyer Co-PIs) “Acquisition of an Autonomous Underwater Glider to investigate mixing and dispersion of oil-gas mixtures”, funding $250,000.

September 2008 - February 2011: TAMU-CONACyT, US-Pi (A. Filonov, UDG, Mexican PI) “Fluxes and Transport Mechanisms on Continental Shelves”, funding $24,000 ($16,000).

October 2008 - November 2011: Texas General Land Office, Co-PI (S. Ray PI, A. Quigg Co-PI), “Swan Lake: Pilot Study Site Utilizing Processed Industrial Wastewater to Manage Salinity in Lower Galveston Bay”, funding $166,535 ($61,000).

Professional Appointments

2007 - present: Associate Professor, Marine Sciences & Oceanography, Texas A&M University at Galveston

2000 - 2006: Assistant Professor, Marine Sciences & Oceanography, Texas A&M University at Galveston

1998 - 1999: Research Associate, Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University, Canada

1994 - 1998: Graduate Research Assistant, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

1984 - 1987: Physicist, R&D microelectronic devices, EL-OP, Israel