Senior Research Associate I

Burt 302
Website: Vincent Combes


  • Research Associate / Post-Doctorate - Physical Oceanography
    08/2010 - Present
    Oregon State University, OR, USA
  • PhD Degree -Physical Oceanography
    Georgia Institute of Technology, GA, USA
  • Research Collaboration
    01/2009 – 12/2009
    Universidad de Concepcion, CHILE
  • Master Degree - Atmospheric and Ocean Dynamics
    Georgia Institute of Technology, GA USA
  • Engineering Degree (Master) – Specialized in Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics


[29] Hernán G., M.J. Ortega, J. Henderson, J. Alós, K. Boyer, S. Cimon, V. Combes, M. Cusson, C.M. Hereu, M. Hessing-Lewis, K. Hovel, P. Jorgensen, S. Kiriakopolos, N. Kollars, M.I. O ́Connor, J. Olsen, P.L. Reynolds, J. Ruesink, E. Voigt, F. Tomas (2020): Latitudinal variation in plant defence against herbivory in a marine foundation species does not follow a linear pattern: The importance of resource availability. Global Ecol Biogeogr. doi:

[28] Meerhoff E., O. Defeo, V. Combes, B.C. Franco, R.P. Matano, A.R. Piola, F. Hernández Vaca, E. Celentano (2020): Assessment of larval connectivity in a sandy beach mole crab through a coupled bio-oceanographic model. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 246, 107035. doi:

[27] Franco B.C., V. Combes and V. González Carman (2020): Subsurface Ocean Warming Hotspots and Potential Impacts on Marine Species: The Southwest South Atlantic Ocean Case Study. Front. Mar. Sci. 7:563394. doi:

[26] Matano, R.P., V. Combes, E.F. Young and M. Meredith (2020): Modeling the Impact of Ocean Circulation on Chlorophyll Blooms Around South Georgia, Southern Ocean. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, doi:

[25] Palma,E., R.P. Matano, M. Tonini, P. Martos and V. Combes (2020): Dynamical Analysis of the Oceanic Circulation in the Gulf of San Jorge, Argentina. Journal of Marine Systems, doi:

[24] Combes, V. and R.P. Matano (2019): On the origins of the low-frequency seasurface height variability of the Patagonia shelf region. Ocean Modelling, 142, doi:

[23] Matano, R.P., E. Palma and V. Combes (2019): The Burdwood Bank Circulation. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.

[22] Combes, V. and R.P. Matano (2018): The Patagonian shelf circulation: Drivers and variability. Progress in Oceanography, 167, 24-43,

[21] Franco, B.C., E.D. Palma, V. Combes, E.M. Acha and M. Saraceno (2018): Modeling the offshore export of Subantarctic Shelf Waters from the Patagonian shelf. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 123.

[20] Chenillat, F., P.J.S. Franks, X. Capet, P. Rivière, N. Grima, B. Blanke and V. Combes (2018): Eddy properties in the Southern California Current System. Ocean Dynamics,

[19] Parada, C., A. Gretchina, S. Vásquez, A. Belmadani, V. Combes, B. Ernst, E. Di Lorenzo, J. Porobic, A. Sepúlveda (2017): Expanding the conceptual framework of the spatial population structure and life history of jack mackerel in the eastern South Pacific: an oceanic seamount region as potential spawning/nursery habitat. ICES Journal of Marine Science, doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsx065

[18] Franco, B.C., E.D. Palma, V. Combes, M.L. Lasta (2017): Physical processes controlling passive larval transport at the Patagonian Shelf Break Front. Journal of Sea Research, 124, 17-25

[17] Chenillat, F., P.J.S. Franks, V. Combes (2016): Biogeochemical Properties of Eddies in the California Current System. Geophys. Res. Letters, doi:10.1002/2016GL068945

[16] Strub, P. T., C. James, V. Combes, R. P. Matano, A. R. Piola, E. D. Palma, M. Saraceno, R. A. Guerrero, H. Fenco, and L. A. Ruiz-Etcheverry (2015): Altimeter-derived seasonal circulation on the southwest Atlantic shelf: 278– 438S, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 120.

[15] Combes, V., S. Hormazabal, and E. Di Lorenzo (2015): Interannual variability of the subsurface eddy field in the Southeast Pacific, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 120.

[14] Guerrero, R. A., A. R. Piola, H. Fenco, R. P. Matano, V. Combes, Y. Chao, C. James, E. D. Palma, M. Saraceno, P. Ted Strub (2014): The salinity signature of the cross-shelf exchanges in the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean: Satellite observations, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 119, 7794–7810, doi:10.1002/2014JC010113.

[13] Matano, R. P., V. Combes, A. R. Piola, R. Guerrero, E. D. Palma, P. Ted Strub, C. James, H. Fenco, Y. Chao, M. Saraceno (2014): The salinity signature of the cross-shelf exchanges in the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean: Numerical simulations.J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 119, doi:10.1002/2014JC010116.

[12] Combes, V. and R.P. Matano (2014): Trends in the Brazil/Malvinas Confluence region. Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, doi:10.1002/2014GL062523.

[11] Combes, V. and R.P. Matano (2014): A two-way nested simulation of the oceanic circulation in the Southwestern Atlantic. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. 119, doi:10.1002/2013JC009498.

[10] Andrade, I., S. Hormazábal, V. Combes (2014): Intrathermocline eddies at the Juan Fernández Archipelago, southeastern Pacific Ocean. Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res., 42(4): 888-906.

[9] Strub, P.T., V. Combes, F. Shillington and O. Pizarro (2013): Currents and Processes along the Eastern Boundaries. Chapter 14 of Ocean Circulation and Climate: A 21st Century Perspective. G. Siedler, S.M. Griffies, J. Gould & J.A. Church (Eds.). Academic Press, International Geophysics Volume 103, pp. 339-384.

[8] Di Lorenzo, E., V. Combes, J.E. Keister, T.P. Strub, A.C. Thomas, P.J.S. Franks, M.D. Ohman, J. Furtado, A. Bracco, S.J. Bograd, W.T. Peterson, F.B. Schwing, S. Chiba, B. Taguchi, S. Hormazabal, C. Parada (2013): Synthesis of Pacific Ocean climate and ecosystem dynamics. Oceanography, 26(4), 68-81.

[7] Hormazabal, S., V. Combes, C.E. Morales, M.A. Correa-Ramirez, E. Di Lorenzo, S. Nuñez (2013): Intrathermocline eddies in the Coastal Transition Zone off central Chile (31-41°S). Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 118, 1–11.

[6] Combes, V., F. Chenillat, E. Di Lorenzo, P. Rivière, M. D. Ohman and S. J. Bograd, (2013):Cross-shore transport variability in the California Current: Ekman upwelling vs. eddy dynamics. Progress in Oceanography, 109, 78-89.

[5] Porobić, J., C. Parada, B. Ernst, S. Hormazábal, V. Combes (2012): Modeling the connectivity of Juan Fernández rock lobster (Jasus frontalis), subpopulations through a biophysical model. Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res., 40(3), 613-632.

[4] Keister, J.E., E. Di Lorenzo, C. Morgan, V. Combes, W. Peterson, (2011): Zooplankton species composition is linked to ocean transport in the Northern California Current. Global Change Biology, 17: no. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02383.x.

[3] Combes, V., E. Di Lorenzo and Curchitser, E, (2009): Interannual and Decadal Variations in Cross‐Shelf Transport in the Gulf of Alaska. Journal of Physical Oceanography 39(4), 1050‐1059.

[2] Capotondi, A., Combes, V., Alexander, M. A., Di Lorenzo, E. and Miller, A. J., (2009): Low‐frequency variability in the Gulf of Alaska from coarse and eddy‐permitting ocean models, Journal of Geophysical Research‐Oceans, 114

[1] Combes, V., E. Di Lorenzo, (2007): Intrinsic and forced interannual variability of the Gulf of Alaska mesoscale circulation. Progress In Oceanography, 75, 266‐286