Malanotte-Rizzoli, Paola

Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli
Professor of Physical Oceanography


(617) 253-2451


Building 54-1416 (The Green Building)


Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli is a physical oceanographer interested in climate, the general ocean circulation and ecosystem models, which she studies through development of mathematical numerical models and assimilation of different datasets into models.

Education + Credentials
1978 Ph.D., Physical Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, Dissertation: “Solitary Rossby Waves Over Variable Relief and Their Stability Properties”
1968 Ph.D., Physics, University of Padua, Italy, “summa cum laude” Dissertation: “Quantum-mechanical structure of biologically important  molecules. Investigation of the complex molecules of nucleic acids”
1963 B.S., Physics and Mathematics, Lyceum “Benedetti,” Venice, Italy; with highest honors