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.