Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Ecosystem Processes Division
Oceanography Branch
Personnel Pages

Pic of paula

Paula Fratantoni, Research Oceanographer, oversees the collection, processing and dissemination of hydrographic data collected during CTD operations from NEFSC shipboard surveys, collaborates with scientists in the application of oceanographic data to species and ecosystem assessments, and conducts independent research into the physical oceanography of the northeast U.S. shelf.

Paula's research interests include: Characterizing water mass distributions and circulation patterns using historical hydrographic data along the northeast U.S. and Canadian shelves using historical hydrographic data; Basin scale continuity of the coastal boundary current in the western North Atlantic and its role as an advective link for high-latitude climate-driven variability; Variability, forcing and dynamics of shefbreak currents and fronts and their influence on cross-shelf exchange; Dynamic coupling between the shelf and slope circulation; Dynamics of frontal eddies and their influence on biological communities.


  • Ph.D., Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, University of Miami, Miami, FL, 1998
  • B.S. Physics, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA, 1992

Primary Projects

  • Freshwater export from the Labrador Current to the North Atlantic Current at the Tail of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland: Deployment of a Spray Glider in the Labrador Current Retroflection
  • Glider-based transport, stratification, and ecology measurements on the New England Shelf: MVCO to Line W.

Click here

Phone: 508-495-2306