John Colosi

Chair, Acoustical Oceanography Technical Committee

Term 2016-2019

Dr. Colosi is currently a Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He joined NPS in 2006 after serving as a tenured Associate Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Throughout his career he has been on numerous oceanographic cruises, and published a substantial number of refereed articles, and a book titled Sound Propagation through the Stochastic Ocean. He also currently teaches courses at NPS on wave propagation through random media and ocean waves and geophysical fluid dynamics.

Dr. Colosi’s research is in the area of acoustical oceanography, and wave propagation through random media.  He has applied the study of tides and internal waves to the modelling of sound propagation in the ocean, and participated in several seminal long range underwater acoustic propagation experiments.


PhD – University of California, Santa Cruz, 1993, Physics 
BSs – University of California, San Diego, 1988, Physics (Cum-laude)

Mailing Address:

Naval Postgraduate School
Mail Code: OC
Department of Oceanography
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943



Former Chairs:

Andone Lavery, Term 2013-2016 Background

Martin Siderius, Term 2010-2013 Background

James H. Miller, Term 2007 – 2010 Background

N. Ross Chapman, Term 2004 – 2007

Peter F. Worcester, Term 2001 – 2004

James F. Lynch, Term 1998 – 2001

Michael J. Buckingham, Term 1992 – 1995

Herman Medwin, Term 1989 – 1992


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