Jeffrey Koseff

Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Jeffrey Koseff, the Founding Perry L. McCarty Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, has been instrumental in developing the vision for the interdisciplinary work on environmental issues at Stanford. After joining the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1984, Koseff was promoted to full professor in 1996. He served as Director of the Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory from 1991 to 1996, after a 6-year stint as Assoc. Dir. In 1995 Koseff was appointed as Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and served in this capacity until September 1999, when he assumed the role of Senior Associate Dean of the School of Engineering until December 2002. Prior to coming to Stanford as a graduate student in 1977, Koseff worked as a consulting engineer in South Africa, where he was born and educated initially.

Koseff's research area falls in the interdisciplinary domain of environmental fluid mechanics and focuses on the interaction between physical and biological systems in natural aquatic environments. Long-term research projects include understanding the transport of mass and momentum in estuarine systems such as San Francisco Bay, and understanding how the coral reef systems of the Red Sea and Hawaii and the kelp forest systems of California function.

Koseff has served on the Board of Governors of The Israel Institute of Technology, and has been a member of the Visiting Committees of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Carnegie-Mellon University, The Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research, and The WHOI-MIT Joint Program. He is a former member of the Independent Science Board of the Bay/Delta Authority.