April 16, 2015
Samira Daneshgar Asl, a graduate student working with Dr. Ian MacDonald, was named the O'Brien Fellow for 2015 at Florida State University. The Jim and Sheila O'Brien Graduate Fellowship has provided supplementary support to a deserving graduate student who has submitted a Ph.D. prospectus and who is working "in the area of air-sea interaction and physical oceanography". A committee of faculty in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science is charged with selecting the most qualified graduate student for this honor.
Samira was recognized for academic excellence and for her research combining physical oceanography with remote sensing to investigate oil in the ocean. She recently published a paper on chronic oil releases in the coastal Gulf of Mexico and hopes to complete a dissertation that considers ocean transport of oil released from natural seeps and for the Deepwater Horizon. Samira came to FSU in 2011 to pursue studies in oceanography.