Jim Thomson

James M. Thomson Associate Professor
  Applied Physics Lab
  Environmental Fluid Mechanics group


  • Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography, MIT/WHOI, 2006
  • BA in Physics, Middlebury College, 2000


Jim Thomson is a Principal Oceanographer at the University of Washington's Applied Physics Lab and an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Dr. Thomson studied Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering in MIT's joint program with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, receiving a PhD in 2006. Dr. Thomson studies waves and turbulence at the surface of the ocean surface, including interactions with sea ice. His work emphasizes field measurements and physical processes and includes the development of instrumentation and autonomous platforms. Applications for his work include remote sensing synthesis, model development, and naval operations.