Steven Deignan-Schmidt

M.S., University of Connecticut (Oceanography)
M.A., Western Connecticut State University (Earth & Planetary Science)
B.S., Western Connecticut State University (Meteorology)
A.A., Mathematics/Sciences; A.S., Aviation Science, Naugatuck Valley Community College

 

Hello! Welcome to my UConn profile. I’m a physical oceanographer in the Coastal Processes and River Influence in the Marine Environment (CPRIME) lab at UCONN Avery Point. I use atmospheric, hydrodynamic, and watershed models in addition to observations to study the movement and exchange of water in Long Island Sound (LIS) and its smaller estuaries. This has included the use of the USGS coupled-Groundwater and Surface-water Flow model (GSFLOW) and the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS). GSFLOW is a watershed model that estimates river discharge from ungaged rivers along the Connecticut shoreline. These estimates are particularly useful for forcing ROMS (a hydrodyanmic model) which models the movement of these waters in LIS. I also use these models to study the influence of small coastal islands and dredging on the movement on water movement and heat exchange in smaller estuaries (like the Norwalk Harbor and Islands). I have included a list of recent presentations below. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

All the best!

 

PUBLICATIONS

Deignan-Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, Y. Jia, 2017: Coastal Island Influences on Near-shore Water Temperature, Salinity, Flushing Time, and Dispersion in Western Long Island Sound, preparing for submittal

Deignan-Schmidt, S. R., 2017: I Learned About Flying From That, Flying Magazine, July 2017.

Deignan-Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, 2017: An Investigation into the Distribution, Mixing, Residence Time, and Storm Response of River Waters in Long Island Sound, Estuaries & Coasts, December 2017

Schmidt, S.R., 2016: Partners in Environmental Protection, Over the Bow – USCG Auxiliary First District Southern Region, Vol. 74, Issue 1, Spring 2016

Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, 2013: A Comparative Analysis of Direct Precipitation Input into Long Islands Sound, LIS Research Conference Proceedings 2013. Extended Abstract.

Schmidt, S. R., 2012: Estimating Cloud Fraction over Long Island Sound using Satellite Derived Estimates of Surface Solar Irradiance, Western Connecticut State University – Master’s Thesis

 

PRESENTATIONS

Deignan-Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, J. Jia, C. Menniti, 2018: Dredging Influences on Stratification and Flushing Times in Norwalk River Hypoxia Areas, Coastal Estuarine Research Federation Fall 2017 Conference.

Deignan-Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, J. Jia, 2017: High-resolution modeling for understanding controls on temperature and V. parahaemolyticus in Norwalk, CT commericial shellfish areas, Northeast Shellfish Sanitation Conference – Spring 2017.

Deignan-Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, J. Jia, 2017: Coastal Island Influences on Near-shore Temperature Fluxes in Western Long Island, New England Estuarine Research Soceity Spring 2017 Conference.

Schmidt, S. R., 2016: Stratification and Wind Driven Mixing, Franklin Academy Summer Marine Science Experience, Invited Guest Lecturer

Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, J. Jia, 2016: An Investigation into the Influence of Coastal Islands on River Water Distribution and Mixing in Western Long Island Sound, 14th International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling.

Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, J. Jia, 2016: Investigating the Influence of Coastal Islands on River Water Distribution and Mixing in Western Long Island Sound, 2016 Long Island Sound Research Conference

Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, J. Jia, 2016: Investigating the Influence of Coastal Islands on River Water Distribution and Mixing in Western Long Island Sound, 11th Biennial Feng Colloquium

Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, J. Jia, 2016: Investigating the Influence of Coastal Islands on River Water Distribution and Mixing in Western Long Island Sound, New England Estuarine Research Society Spring 2016 Conference

Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, 2015: Distribution and Influence of Rivers in Long Island Sound and Preliminary Measurements around the Norwalk Islands, USCG Flotilla 72 November 2015 Meeting, Invited Guest Speaker

Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, 2015: Distribution and Mixing of River Water in Long Island Sound and Its Influence on Stratification: June 2013, Mid-Atlantic Bight Physical Oceanography and Meteorology & Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Fall 2015 Conference

Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, 2015: Distribution of River Water and Its Influence on Stratification in Long Island Sound: June 2013, Early College Experience, Invited Guest Speaker

Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, 2015: Distribution of River Water and Its Influence on Stratification in Long Island Sound: June 2013, New England Estuarine Research Society Spring 2015 Conference

Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, 2014: Modeling the Influence of Coastal Rivers Distributed along Long Island Sound, OCEAN Sciences 2014 Conference

 Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, 2013: A Comparative Analysis of Direct Precipitation Input into Long Island Sound, 2013 Mid-Atlantic Bight Physical Oceanography and Meteorology Conference

 

POSTERS

Deignan-Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, J. Jia, C. Menniti, 2018: Dredging Influences on Bottom Salinities, Flushing Times, and Stratification in Norwalk River Hypoxia Areas, 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting.

Deignan-Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, J. Jia, 2017: Coastal Island Influences on Near-shore Temperature Fluxes in Western Long Island, Gordon Research Conference – Ocean Dynamics, June 2017.

Deignan-Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, J. Jia, 2016: Coastal Island Influences on Near-shore Summer Heat Fluxes in Western Long Island, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting December 2016.

Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, J. Jia, 2016: Investigating the Influence of Coastal Islands on River Water Distribution and Mixing in Long Island Sound during June 2015, 2016 OCEAN Sciences Conference.

Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, 2016: Engaging Local Organizations in Science-Driven Data Collection in the Ocean Sciences: Summer 2015 in Norwalk, CT. 2016 OCEAN Sciences Conference.

Schmidt S. R., M. M. Whitney, 2014: Distribution of River Water in Long Island Sound and its Influence on Stratification: June 2013, Gordon Ocean Modeling Research Conference

Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, 2014: Investigating the Effect of Andrea (2013) on Small Coastal River Discharge into Long Island Sound and Resultant Coastal Salinities, 2014 Northeastern Storm Conference

Schmidt, S. R., M. M. Whitney, 2013: A Comparative Analysis of Direct Precipitation Input into Long Island Sound, 2013 Long Island Sound Research Conference