Rana A. Fine

Professor

Phone:
(305) 421-4722
Locator Code:
VK

 
About

Professor, Department of Ocean Science - Rosenstiel School of Marie and Atmospheric Science

Rana Fine is a Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Ocean Sciences at the University
of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Her research has focused on
large scale ocean circulation and ventilation of the ocean by atmospheric gases. Fine’s global
measurements and publications have contributed to quantifying the oceanic uptake of
anthropogenic CO2 and the volume of the ocean involved in decadal time scale climate processes.
Career

Career Summary


Fine enjoys discovering new things, working withcolleagues from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, andviewing new information from the world’s ocean. Guiding the development of graduate students is even more rewarding for Fine. She has participated in over 30 scientific voyages to the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans, being responsible for the shipboard measurement of transient tracers, such as chloro-fluorocarbons (CFCs) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). She has published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications. She joined the faculty at the University of Miami in 1977 after receiving a Ph.D.
from the program. Her undergraduate major was in mathematics. Awards and Leadership Positions
Fine has been recognized for her research accomplishments by being elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Meteorological Society (AMS), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She has also been elected to leadership positions in these professional societies: AGU Board of Directors and President of the Ocean Sciences Section, AMS Council, and AAAS Chair Atmospheric and Hydrological Sciences Section. She is serving on the Advisory Committee for the
Geosciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation. Fine has chaired and participated in numerous National Academy of Science Boards and Committees, and chaired the University Corporation for Atmospheric Sciences Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the University of Miami’s highest honorary society – Iron Arrow. These activities have been enriching and rewarding.

Service at UM and for the Wider Scientific Community


In addition to her research, Fine has always been involved in the wider UM and oceanographic
community through leadership positions. In addition to those positions described above, she was
Vice Chair of the Rosenstiel School’s - School Council. She initiated and organized a continuing
program to introduce middle school girls to the ocean sciences. Over the years, she has work
tirelessly through a variety of programs to increase the recruitment and retention of women and
minorities in ocean sciences.

Career Summary


Fine enjoys discovering new things, working withcolleagues from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, andviewing new information from the world’s ocean. Guiding the development of graduate students is even more rewarding for Fine. She has participated in over 30 scientific voyages to the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans, being responsible for the shipboard measurement of transient tracers, such as chloro-fluorocarbons (CFCs) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). She has published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications. She joined the faculty at the University of Miami in 1977 after receiving a Ph.D.
from the program. Her undergraduate major was in mathematics. Awards and Leadership Positions
Fine has been recognized for her research accomplishments by being elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Meteorological Society (AMS), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She has also been elected to leadership positions in these professional societies: AGU Board of Directors and President of the Ocean Sciences Section, AMS Council, and AAAS Chair Atmospheric and Hydrological Sciences Section. She is serving on the Advisory Committee for the
Geosciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation. Fine has chaired and participated in numerous National Academy of Science Boards and Committees, and chaired the University Corporation for Atmospheric Sciences Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the University of Miami’s highest honorary society – Iron Arrow. These activities have been enriching and rewarding.

Service at UM and for the Wider Scientific Community


In addition to her research, Fine has always been involved in the wider UM and oceanographic
community through leadership positions. In addition to those positions described above, she was
Vice Chair of the Rosenstiel School’s - School Council. She initiated and organized a continuing
program to introduce middle school girls to the ocean sciences. Over the years, she has work
tirelessly through a variety of programs to increase the recruitment and retention of women and
minorities in ocean sciences.

Research

Scientific Research

The main focus of Fine’s research involves using tracers to investigate physical processes. How
these processes affect the capacity of the ocean to take up atmospheric constituents, and how long
it takes them to get into the interior and see changes in their ventilation time scales. She has been
involved in several international global change programs over the years. Her contributions have
included the analysis of transient tracers, CFCs, and recently, SF6. Tracers function like dyes,
identifying pathways of newly-ventilated waters. Their seawater concentrations relative to their
atmospheric histories give time-scale information in the context of models. Her research has
contributed to estimates of the age of oceanic layers, their transport pathways, and their renewal
rates, as well as rates of biogeochemical processes.

Awards and Leadership Positions

Fine has been recognized for her research accomplishments by being elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Meteorological Society (AMS), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She has also been elected to leadership positions in these professional societies: AGU Board of Directors and President of the Ocean Sciences Section, AMS Council, and AAAS Chair Atmospheric and Hydrological Sciences Section. She is serving on the Advisory Committee for the Geosciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation. Fine has chaired and participated in numerous National Academy of Science Boards and Committees, and chaired the University Corporation for Atmospheric Sciences Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the University of Miami’s highest honorary society – Iron Arrow. These activities have been enriching and rewarding.