M. Susan Lozier

M. Susan Lozier

Ronie-Richelle Garcia-Johnson Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Primary Appointment

Earth & Ocean Sciences Division

Susan Lozier is a physical oceanographer with interests in large-scale ocean circulation. Upon completion of her PhD at the University of Washington, she was a postdoctoral scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She has been a member of the Duke faculty since 1992. Professor Lozier was the recipient of an NSF Early Career Award in 1996, was awarded a Bass Chair for Excellence in Research and Teaching in 2000, received a Duke University Award for Excellence in Mentoring in 2007, was named an American Meteorological Society Fellow in 2008, a Distinguished Professor in 2012, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2014 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2015. She currently serves as the President of The Oceanography Society and is the international lead for the OSNAP (Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program) observing system.

In The News


Susan Lozier, M, Bacon, S, Bower, AS, Cunningham, SA, Femke de Jong, M, de Steur, L, deYoung, B, Fischer, J, Gary, SF, Greenan, BJW, Heimbach, P, Holliday, NP, Houpert, L, Inall, ME, Johns, WE, Johnson, HL, Karstensen, J, Li, F, Lin, X, Mackay, N, Marshall, DP, Mercier, H, Myers, PG, Pickart, RS, Pillar, HR, Straneo, F, Thierry, V, Weller, RA, Williams, RG, Wilson, C, Yang, J, Zhao, J, and Zika, JD. "Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program: A New International Ocean Observing System." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 98, no. 4 (April 2017): 737-752.
Rypina, II, Pratt, LJ, and Lozier, MS. "Influence of ocean circulation changes on the inter-annual variability of American eel larval dispersal." Limnology and Oceanography 61, no. 5 (September 2016): 1574-1588.
Zou, S, and Lozier, MS. "Breaking the Linkage Between Labrador Sea Water Production and Its Advective Export to the Subtropical Gyre." Journal of Physical Oceanography 46, no. 7 (July 2016): 2169-2182.
Brody, SR, Lozier, MS, and Mahadevan, A. "Quantifying the impact of submesoscale processes on the spring phytoplankton bloom in a turbulent upper ocean using a Lagrangian approach." Geophysical Research Letters 43, no. 10 (May 28, 2016): 5160-5169.
Brown, PT, Lozier, MS, Zhang, R, and Li, W. "The necessity of cloud feedback for a basin-scale Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation." Geophysical Research Letters 43, no. 8 (April 28, 2016): 3955-3963.


EOS 520: Introduction to Fluid Dynamics (EOS 520: Introduction to Fluid Dynamics)
EOS 202: Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics (EOS 202: Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics)

Contact Information

Environmental Hall, Room 5119, 9 Circuit Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0227


Ph.D., University of Washington (1989)
B.S., Purdue University (1979)