Associate Professor of Oceanography
Much of our research is on coral reef hydrodynamics and our lab leads the Physical Oceanographic component of the Moorea Coral Reef LTER project
Current projects include: 1) wave-driven circulation and exchange in coral reef, lagoon, and pass systems; 2) extreme events and their effects on coral reef systems; 3) understanding the effects of rough bottoms such as corals on circulation and scalar mixing; 4) the impact of stratification on vertical mixing in a highly stratified wind-driven estuary; 5) larval transport around a coral reef island; 6) sponge excurrents; and 7) the effects of wave forcing on corallivory.
In The News
Collin, A, Ramambason, C, Pastol, Y, Casella, E, Rovere, A, Thiault, L, Espiau, B, Siu, G, Lerouvreur, F, Nakamura, N, Hench, JL, Schmitt, RJ, Holbrook, SJ, Troyer, M, and Daviesk, N. "Very high resolution mapping of coral reef state using airborne bathymetric lidar surface-intensity and drone imagery." International Journal of Remote Sensing 39, no. 17 (September 2, 2018): 5676-5688.
Edmunds, PJ, McIlroy, SE, Adjeroud, M, Ang, P, Bergman, JL, Carpenter, RC, Coffroth, MA, Fujimura, AG, Hench, JL, Holbrook, SJ, Leichter, JJ, Muko, S, Nakajima, Y, Nakamura, M, Paris, CB, Schmitt, RJ, Sutthacheep, M, Toonen, RJ, Sakai, K, Suzuki, G, Washburn, L, Wyatt, ASJ, and Mitarai, S. "Critical information gaps impeding understanding of the role of larval connectivity among coral reef islands in an era of Global Change." Frontiers in Marine Science 5, no. AUG (August 27, 2018). (Review)
Safaie, A, Silbiger, NJ, McClanahan, TR, Pawlak, G, Barshis, DJ, Hench, JL, Rogers, JS, Williams, GJ, and Davis, KA. "Author Correction: High frequency temperature variability reduces the risk of coral bleaching." Nature Communications 9, no. 1 (June 5, 2018): 2244-null.
Safaie, A, Silbiger, NJ, McClanahan, TR, Pawlak, G, Barshis, DJ, Hench, JL, Rogers, JS, Williams, GJ, and Davis, KA. "High frequency temperature variability reduces the risk of coral bleaching." Nature Communications 9, no. 1 (April 26, 2018): 1671-null.