Mike J. Buckingham, Professor

Michael J. Buckingham is a Distinguished Professor specializing in ocean acoustics at the Marine Physical Laboratory, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. He received a B.Sc. (Honours) in physics and a Ph.D. in solid-state physics from the University of Reading, U.K. As a Post-doctoral Fellow, he worked on the detection of gravitational radiation, for which he received the Clerk Maxwell Premium from the Institution of Electronic and Radio Engineers. Prior to joining Scripps, he was an Individual Merit Senior Principal Scientific Officer at the Royal Aerospace Establishment, U.K., during which time he was an Exchange Scientist, attached to the British Embassy, at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D. C. He is a founder member of the Acoustical Oceanography Technical Committee of the Acoustical Society of America; and he is an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Computational Acoustics. He has been a Visiting Professor in the Department of Ocean Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton, U.K., and at the National Key Laboratory of Science and Technology on Sonar, Hangzhou, China. He has received a number of awards for his research, including the A.B. Wood* medal from the Institute of Acoustics. He holds a private pilots certificate, single engine land, with instrument and glider ratings. Additional information on Dr. Buckingham can be found here.

*More information on A. B. Wood. (7.3 MB)



10885586_10152978217379910_8621869889795339243_nDieter A. Bevans, PhD student

Dieter is a third-year graduate student studying oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In 2012 he received a B.S. degree from the University of Utah in Physics with Specialization in Noise within Organic LEDs. Dieter’s two main research interests are: helicopter rotor noise as a source of low-frequency sound for underwater acoustics; profiling ambient noise from the sea-surface to the bottom of the deep ocean trenches including the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. At 11 km the Challenger Deep is the deepest point in the world’s oceans. Both of these projects present extremely challenging physics and engineering problems. Dieter’s practical experience in engineering, design, and instrument fabrication is beneficial in discovering solutions.

Graduated Ph.D. Students

Simon Freeman: Seismic and Biological Sources of Ambient Ocean Sound, Oceanography – Ph.D., 2013

David Barclay: Depth Profiling Ambient Noise in the Deep Ocean, Oceanography – Ph.D., 2011. Currently at the Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University.

Eric Giddens: Geoacoustic Inversions Using Sound from Light Aircraft, Oceanography – Ph.D., 2005

Thomas Berger: Hydrodynamic Properties of Air, Physics – Ph.D., 1999

Thomas Hahn: Low Frequency Emissions of a Plunging Water Jet, Physics – Ph.D., 1999

Holly Burch: Development of an Acoustic Inversion Technique for Estimating Near-Surface Sound Speed, Oceanography – Ph.D., 1998

Chad Epifanio: Active Daylight: Passive Acoustic Imaging Using Ambient Noise, Oceanography – Ph.D., 1997

Nick Carbone: Inverting for Geoacousitc Seabed Parameters Using Ambient Noise, Oceanography – Ph.D., 1996

Milton A. Garces: Acoustic Models, Volcanoes and Sound Waves, Oceanography – Ph.D., 1995

Broderick Berkhout: Acoustic Daylight : Imaging the Ocean with Ambient Noise – Masters, 1992