My research extends principles of fluid mechanics to the analysis of ocean processes that affect marine ecosystems. On the large scale, my interests lie in circulation of the coastal ocean and the effects of fronts, eddies, tides and waves the on the transport and mixing of biologically important parameters. In particular, I am interested in studying physical processes, which influence cross-shelf exchange, dispersion of plankton and microbial pollutants, and population connectivity on the continental shelf and in coastal and estuarine systems. On the smallest scales, my work focuses on the effects of boundary layer flow, stratification, and wave dynamics on turbulent mixing near the bed and mass flux to benthic organisms. Much of my research is done through field experiments and numerical simulations and in collaborative partnerships with biologists, geologists and other scientists to answer fundamental questions as to how the dynamics of fluid flow affects biology and shapes the natural environment.


** Opportunities: I am seeking outstanding graduate students who are interested working on observational and modeling studies of coastal ocean circulation to start in Fall 2014 or earlier. If interested, please send me an email with a brief description of your research interests and background.



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Engineering Tower 544E

Phone - 949.824.4498


Henry Samueli School of Engineering

University of California, Irvine

Irvine, CA 92697

ZOT Code 2175