Renewable Ocean Energy Technician
UNC Coastal Studies Institute
Room No. 320
850 NC 345, Wanchese, NC 27981
Steve Lockhart has over 10 years of experience providing technical support for research in several disciplines –biomedical, defense, and physical oceanography. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The focus of his research is physical-biological coupling and shelf-slope exchange processes.
M.A. Applied Physics from John Hopkins University
On the PEACH project, Steve is providing glider support–preparing, configuring, deploying, and retrieving several Slocum gliders. The PEACH project is a collaboration between the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University. It is an observational and modeling study of the physical processes driving exchanges between the shelf and the deep ocean at Cape Hatteras.
Within the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program, Steve is working on a project to assess the environmental impact of the Gulf Stream turbines. To support this effort, he is analyzing underwater sound recorded by a hydrophone. This data analysis includes automated detection of marine mammal vocalizations and correlating marine mammal abundance to oceanographic features.