Dr. James C. McWilliams
Co-Director of Marine Biology and Environmental Sciences, Co-Director of Kelp Reforestation
Jim was born on 22 August 1946 in Oklahoma. He received his University degrees in Applied Mathematics: a B.S. (with honors) in 1968 from Caltech and a M.S. in 1969 and Ph.D. in 1971 from Harvard.
After holding a Research Fellowship in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics at Harvard (1971-74), he worked at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), where he became a Senior Scientist in 1980. In 1994 he became the Louis Slichter Professor of Earth Sciences at UCLA.
His primary area of scientific research is the fluid dynamics of Earth’s oceans and atmosphere. He is a fellow of American Geophysical Union and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.