UC Irvine
Kristen A. Davis
Coastal Dynamics Laboratory
In the Coastal Dynamics Laboratory at UCI we use principles of fluid mechanics to study ocean processes and nearshore ecosystems.

For instance, we study large-scale physical processes of cross-shelf exchange and their effects on dispersion of organisms and pollutants on the continental shelf and in coastal and estuarine systems. At smaller scales, we focus on boundary layer flow, stratification, and wave dynamics and their effects on turbulent mixing near the bed, including mass flux to benthic organisms. This research entails both field experiments and numerical simulations, and we often collaborate with biologists, geologists and other scientists.

Recent News in the CDL...
Orange County Water Education Festival
March 23-24, 2016

The Coastal Dynamics Lab spent Spring Break doing outreach to 180 third, fourth, and fifth graders at the 2016 Orange County Water Education Festival. We talked about how we study the ocean, SCUBA diving, and ocean acidification! It turns out, Minions in dive gear are a sure hit with this crowd! Nice job, Nyssa, Shukai, Emma, and Aryan! You made this event a success!

Ocean Sciences 2016
February 2016

The Coastal Dynamics Lab headed to New Orleans to attend the Ocean Science conference. Emma Reid and Aryan Safaie both presented posters - Emma's first! Good science, good music, and good fun!

EPOC 2015
September 20-23, 2015

The Coastal Dynamics Lab recently attended the Eastern Pacific Ocean Conference at Fallen Leaf Lake in South Lake Tahoe. There was hiking, there was yoga, there was live funk music and dancing (of course), but most of all there was great ocean science!

Crystal Mena Wins a Poster Award!
September 14, 2015

Congratulations to Crystal Mena, an undergraduate researcher in the Coastal Dynamics Lab, for being honored as one of the best poster presentations at the 2015 AGMUS Research Symposium held in Puerto Rico! Crystal has been working in the CDL since 2014 as part of the California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) program. Great job, Crystal!