UM Rosenstiel School Dean Appoints New Faculty Leaders

World-class researchers Lisa Beal and Sharan Majumdar receive associate dean appointments

MIAMI—University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Dean Roni Avissar announced the appointments of two faculty members to top leadership roles for the new academic year. Professor of Ocean Sciences Lisa Beal is the new associate dean of research, and Professor of Atmospheric Sciences Sharan Majumdar is associate dean of graduate studies at the research and education institution.

“I am delighted that Lisa and Sharan are taking on these important leadership roles,” said Dean Avissar. “As world-class scientists in their respective research fields, they will contribute greatly to the academic and research missions at the Rosenstiel School.”

Beal is an expert on the Agulhas system of currents off South Africa, and has brought recognition to the key role this system plays in a warming climate through her publications and international leadership. She has participated in 15 scientific voyages to the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, totaling 326 days at sea, planning and leading five of these voyages as chief scientist. Beal received her Ph.D. from the National Oceanography Centre at the University of Southampton and has published over 40 peer-reviewed scientific publications. She joined the faculty at UM in 2003.

As chair of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research’s Working Group 136, Beal led a Nature review article on the Agulhas system and co-organized the first AGU Chapman Conference to be held on the African continent. She currently serves as Oceans Editor for the AGU journal Geophysical Research Letters, and is a member of the Climate Variability and Predictability Indian Ocean Panel, an international steering committee of the Global Ocean Observing System, and a member of the U.S. Steering Committee of the Second International Indian Ocean Expedition. Beal was recently appointed honorary research associate at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

“I am excited to serve the Rosenstiel School research community at a time when President Frenk has put climate change and sea-level rise at the foremost of UM’s mission,” said Beal.

In the new position, Beal will provide leadership in identifying and organizing faculty teams to pursue research opportunities. Professor Benjamin Kirtman was the former Associate Dean for Research.

Majumdar is an expert on hurricanes, and together with his Ph.D. students and staff he seeks to improve forecasts via assimilating targeted data from satellites and aircraft, understanding their predictability, and exploring the use of ensemble forecasts.  He has published 50 peer-reviewed papers and serves on national and international working groups including several under the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and joined the faculty at UM in 2002.

Majumdar has taught nine different courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including the Introduction to Atmospheric Science course for incoming graduate students.  He has recently introduced two new graduate courses; one on Hurricanes and one on Predictability.  In recent years, Majumdar has served as a Graduate Program Director, first in the Meteorology and Physical Oceanography program, followed by the Atmospheric Sciences program, whose development he initiated.  As Chair of the Rosenstiel School’s Graduate Academic Committee, he spearheaded the restructuring of the graduate programs across the School, resulting in 5 new M.S. and Ph.D. programs that are aligned with the academic departments.

“I am delighted and honored to be serving our graduate students and faculty as we continue to build exciting new opportunities in graduate-level research and education at the Rosenstiel School.”  said Majumdar.

In his new role, Majumdar will oversee all academic matters related to the graduate programs. Professor Amy Clement was the former Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.

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About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School

The University of Miami is one of the largest private research institutions in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, visit:

Lisa Beal, associate dean of research for the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Lisa Beal, associate dean of research for the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Lisa Beal

Lisa Beal, associate dean of research for the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Sharan Majumdar

Sharan Majumdar, associate dean of graduate studies for the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

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