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 Los Alamos National Laboratory 
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Numerical methods for ocean models;
climate change assessment using global climate models;
Lagrangianaveraged NavierStokes alpha turbulence model;
direct numerical simulation of shockturbulence interaction;
forcing methods for compressible turbulence;
quasigeostrophic 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 QuasiGeostrophic 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 NebraskaLincoln
B.S., Environmental Engineering, 1995
University of NebraskaLincoln
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 LANSalpha 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 shockturbulence interactions using direct numerical simulations.
Postdoctoral research associate, 2005  2007
Los Alamos National Laboratory
 Implemented the LANSalpha 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 ColoradoBoulder, Department of Applied Mathematics
 Created 3D pseudospectral 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 packedtower odor control systems, including design, fabrication details, installation, and training of new engineers.
* indicates corresponding author
Hecht, M.W., D.D. Holm, M.R. Petersen*, B.A. Wingate:
2008,
Implementation of the LANSalpha 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 LANSalpha turbulence model in a primitiveequation ocean model,
J. Comp. Physics, 227, 5717
Hecht, M.W., D.D. Holm, M.R. Petersen*, B.A. Wingate:
2008,
The LANSalpha 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 broadranging 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 RecordBreaking Temperatures,
Physical Review E, 74, 061114
MartinsenBurrell, N, Julien, K., Petersen, M.R., and Weiss, J: 2006,
Merger and Alignment in a Reduced Model for Threedimensional 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 quasigeostrophic 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 reactionmineralogyporosity changes in porous media,
Applied Mathematics and Computation,
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