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Shimon Wdowinski

Title: Associate Professor

Office: AHC5 388

Phone: 305-348-6826


Specialty: Space geodesy, natural hazards, sea level rise

Curriculum Vitae

Department(s): Earth and Environment

Dr. Shimon Wdowinski received a B.Sc in Earth Sciences (1983) and M.Sc. in Geology (1985) from the Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel) and a M.S. in Engineering Sciences (1987) and a Ph.D. in Geophysics (1990) from Harvard University. He conducted a postdoctorate studies at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (1990-1993), worked for a year at the Geological Survey of Israel (1993-4), served for a decade as faculty at the department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Tel Aviv University, first as a Lecturer (assistant Professor, 1994-1998) and then as a tenured Senior Lecturer (associate professor, 1998-2004), and served for another decade at the department of Marine Geosceinces, university of Miami, first as an Associate Research Professor (2005-2016) and then as Research Professor (2015-2016). He joined the department of Earth and Environment, Florida International University in 2016 as tenured Associate Professor.


  • B.Sc in Earth Sciences, The Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel) 
  • M.S. in Engineering Sciences, Harvard University
  • M.Sc. in Geology, The Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel)
  • Ph.D. in Geophysics, Harvard University

Research Areas

Dr. Shimon Wdowinski's research has focused on the development and usage of space geodetic techniques that can detect very precisely small movements of the Earth’s surface. He successfully applied these techniques to study tectonic plate motion, earthquakes, land subsidence, sinkhole activities, wetland hydrology, climate change, and sea level rise

WebsiteGeodesy Lab


  • 2018 FIU Top Scholar – Established Faculty with significant grants.
  • 2017 FIU College of Art, Sciences, and Education (CASE) Award for Research.
  • 1990-1992 Ida and Cecil Green scholarship for postgraduate research in Geophysics, IGPP, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD.