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Ernest Knowles

Emeritus Associate Professor of Physical Oceanography

Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor


PhD Physical Oceanography Texas A&M 1970

Area(s) of Expertise

My long-term research interests centered around the physical processes and dynamics of estuaries, estuarine-ocean dynamics, and finite-depth and shallow-water wave generation and dissipation, with an emphasis on estuaries. In 1987 I sought and moved into my first administrative position, and from 1990 to 1995 that was my full-time responsibility. In August 1995 I returned full-time to my faculty position and then spent two periods as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in my college in 1996 and 2000-2001. I retired January 1, 2004.

My latest professional scholarly interests involve innovative course development and educational technologies, including offering an online course on the World Wide Web (I was one of 25 faculty selected in 1997 to put a full course online). Through an NSF grant, it also included working closely with four NCSU colleges and 9 community colleges in Eastern NC in a unique articulation partnership.