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Numerical methods for ocean models; climate change assessment using global climate models; Lagrangian-averaged Navier-Stokes alpha turbulence model; direct numerical simulation of shock-turbulence interaction; forcing methods for compressible turbulence; quasi-geostrophic turbulence; planetary formation in protoplanetary disks; education in science and engineering


Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, 2004
University of Colorado at Boulder
Dissertation Topic: Study of the Slanted Quasi-Geostrophic Regime and Protoplanetary Disks
Advisors: Keith Julien (Applied Math), Jeff Weiss (PAOS), Glen Stewart (LASP)

M.S., Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, 2002
University of Colorado at Boulder

M.S., Mathematics and Statistics, 2000
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

B.S., Environmental Engineering, 1995
University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Technical Staff Member 2007 - present
Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • HyPOP ocean model developer. Responsibilies include vertical diffusion schemes, regridding and remapping infrastructure, and correct operation of ALE grid.
  • Developing LANS-alpha model formulation in POP so that it may be used with realistic topography.
  • Conducting high resolution study of compressible turbulence, where dilatational energy and turbulent Mach number are systematically varied.
  • Developing novel forcing methods for compressible turbulence simulations.
  • Investigation of shock-turbulence interactions using direct numerical simulations.

Postdoctoral research associate, 2005 - 2007
Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Implemented the LANS-alpha turbulence parameterization in the POP ocean model.
  • Published papers on vortex dynamics in protoplanetary disks.
  • Simulated statistics of extreme temperature events.

Graduate student researcher and instructor, 2000 - 2004
University of Colorado-Boulder, Department of Applied Mathematics

  • Created 3D pseudo-spectral numerical model to investigate vortex merger and alignment, energy cascade, and vortex formation.
  • Investigation of baroclinic instabilities, Rossby waves, and vortices that affect planetary formation in protoplanetary disks.
  • Instructor, Differential Equations and Linear Algebra.
Project Engineer, Air Pollution Control Systems, 1996 - 1998
U.S. Filter/RJ Environmental, San Diego, CA
  • Responsible for emergency chlorine scrubbers and packed-tower odor control systems, including design, fabrication details, installation, and training of new engineers.


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Hecht, M.W., D.D. Holm, M.R. Petersen*, B.A. Wingate: 2008, Implementation of the LANS-alpha turbulence model in a primitive equation ocean model, J. Comp. Physics, 227 5691

Petersen, M.R., M.W. Hecht, B.A. Wingate: 2008, Efficient form of the LANS-alpha turbulence model in a primitive-equation ocean model, J. Comp. Physics, 227, 5717

Hecht, M.W., D.D. Holm, M.R. Petersen*, B.A. Wingate: 2008, The LANS-alpha and Leray turbulence parameterizations in primitive equation ocean modeling J. Physics A, 41 344009

Hecht, M.W., E. Hunke, M.E. Maltrud, M.R. Petersen, B.A. Wingate: 2008, Lateral mixing in the eddying regime and a new broad-ranging formulation, in Ocean Modeling in an Eddying Regime, AGU, Washington D.C.

Petersen, M.R., K. Julien, and G.R. Stewart: 2007, Baroclinic Vorticity Production in Protoplanetary Disks; Part I: Vortex Formation, The Astrophysical Journal, 658, 1236

Petersen, M.R., G.R. Stewart, and K. Julien: 2007, Baroclinic Vorticity Production in Protoplanetary Disks; Part II: Vortex Growth and Longevity The Astrophysical Journal, 658, 1252

Redner, S., M.R. Petersen: 2006, On the Role of Global Warming on the Statistics of Record-Breaking Temperatures, Physical Review E, 74, 061114

Martinsen-Burrell, N, Julien, K., Petersen, M.R., and Weiss, J: 2006, Merger and Alignment in a Reduced Model for Three-dimensional Quasigeostrophic Ellipsoidal Vortices, Physics of Fluids, 18, 057101

Petersen, M.R., K. Julien, and J.B. Weiss: 2006, Vortex cores, circulation cells, and filaments in quasi-geostrophic turbulence, Physics of Fluids, 18, 026601

Petersen, M.R., B. Kraus, and T. Windham: 2005, Striving towards equity; Underrepresented minorities and mathematics Parts I & II, SIAM News, March & April

Petersen, M.R.: 2004, Musical analysis and synthesis using Matlab. College Mathematics Journal, 35, 5 (November)

Windham, T., B. Kraus, and M.R. Petersen: 2004, Striving Towards Equity; Underrepresented Minorities and Women in Natural Sciences and Engineering. NSF Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), January 2004 meeting

J.D. Logan, M.R. Petersen, and T.S. Shores: 2002, Numerical study of reaction-mineralogy-porosity changes in porous media, Applied Mathematics and Computation, 127, 149-164.