Dariusz Stramski is a professor of oceanography in the Marine Physical Laboratory division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. He founded the Ocean Optics Research Lab at Scripps in 1997 (see Links).

His research interests are in the areas of ocean optics, optical remote sensing of the ocean, and applications of optical methods in oceanography. Some of the most significant and influential contributions of his research include a wide range of findings about the optical properties of various types of marine biological and minerogenic particles and their roles in ocean optics, a reductionist approach to the detailed description of the composition of seawater as an optical medium, new approaches and algorithms for enhancing the capabilities of ocean color remote sensing, unique measurements for characterizing wave-focusing of sunlight at near-surface depths in the ocean, as well as advances in measurement methodologies and development of innovative technologies and instrumentation. For instance, Stramski's work has documented the variability in light absorption and scattering properties of many types of marine microorganisms including bacteria and various phytoplankton species. He pioneered the application of satellite remote sensing of ocean color for estimating the concentration of particulate organic carbon in the surface ocean. His work on focusing of light by sea surface waves provides a quantitative characterization of the highest naturally-occurring concentrations of solar energy on Earth. In recent years Stramski’s lab has developed a new technology for counting and sizing submicrometer particles.

Born in Poland, Stramski received an M.S. with honors in oceanography (1978) and a Ph.D. in Earth sciences (1985) from the University of Gdansk. He also received a Polish degree of habilitation in oceanography from the Polish Academy of Sciences (2002) and a title of Professor in Earth sciences presented by the President of Poland (2014). Prior to joining the Scripps faculty (1997), Stramski held a research position at the Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences (1978-1988), a postdoctoral research position at Laboratoire d’Océanographie in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France (1986-88), a visiting scientist position at Université Laval in Québec, Canada (1988-1989), and a research position at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (1989-1997). For a number of years he has served as Coordinator of the Applied Ocean Science Curricular Group at Scripps.

Stramski is the recipient of the Maurycy Rudzki Prize from the Polish Academy of Sciences for studies of light fluctuations in the sea, Antarctica Service Medal presented by the National Science Foundation, the US Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal, and the NASA Group Achievement Award for the outstanding accomplishments by the Impacts of Climate Change on the Ecosystems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment (ICESCAPE) Team. He also received French Government and UNESCO Fellowships to conduct his postdoctoral research in France and was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the Kosciuszko Foundation Collegium of Eminent Scientists, which honors eminent scientists of Polish origin and ancestry for outstanding scientific achievements. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, and the NASA PACE Science Team. He has served as associate editor of Limnology and Oceanography and as an editorial board member of Oceanology. He is the author or coauthor of about 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

In 2014 Stramski with Scripps colleagues from his lab co-founded a company MANTA Instruments Inc. (see Links) to commercialize new instrumentation for counting and sizing nanoparticles in liquid suspensions. This effort resulted from work conducted in his lab under an NSF Major Research Instrumentation award and this novel technology has been patented.