Dr. Daniel L. Rudnick is a professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where he formerly held positions as Deputy Director of Education, and Director of the Climate Ocean Atmosphere Program.

Daniel L. Rudnick earned his Ph.D. in oceanography in 1987 from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and his B.A. in physics in 1981 at the University of California, San Diego.  Dr. Rudnick is an observational oceanographer whose research focuses on processes in the upper ocean. His particular interests include fronts and eddies, air-sea interaction, the stirring and mixing of physical and biological tracers, the effect of oceanic structure on acoustic propagation, boundary currents, and coastal circulation. He is keenly interested in observational instrumentation, having been involved in the development and/or operations of moorings, towed and underway profilers, autonomous underwater gliders, and profiling floats. Dr. Rudnick has sailed on over 25 oceanographic cruises, over half as chief scientist. He has authored over 130 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Rudnick was a member of the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences, and is currently participating on an NAS study of the Loop Current in the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Rudnick is Chair of the Executive Steering Committee of the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS), and is a member of the OceanGliders international steering team.