Shimon Wdowinski


Earth and Environment

Office: AHC5 388

Phone: 305-348-6826


Specialty: Space geodesy, natural hazards, sea level rise

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Shimon Wdowinski received a BSc in Earth Sciences (1983) and MSc in Geology (1985) from the Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel) and a MS in Engineering Sciences (1987) and a PhD in Geophysics (1990) from Harvard University. He conducted postdoctorate studies at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (1990-1993); worked for a year at the Geological Survey of Israel (1993-1994); 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 Geosciences, 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.

Research Areas

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

Geodesy Lab


  • BSc in Earth Sciences, The Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel)
  • MS in Engineering Sciences, Harvard University
  • MSc in Geology, The Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel)
  • PhD in Geophysics, Harvard University