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
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.
Yu, X, Rosman, JH, and Hench, JL. "Interaction of Waves with Idealized High-Relief Bottom Roughness." Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 123, no. 4 (April 2018): 3038-3059.
Collin, A, Hench, JL, Pastol, Y, Planes, S, Thiault, L, Schmitt, RJ, Holbrook, SJ, Davies, N, and Troyer, M. "High resolution topobathymetry using a Pleiades-1 triplet: Moorea Island in 3D." Remote Sensing of Environment 208 (April 2018): 109-119.
Sridharan, VK, Monismith, SG, Fong, DA, and Hench, JL. "One-Dimensional Particle Tracking with Streamline Preserving Junctions for Flows in Channel Networks." Journal of Hydraulic Engineering 144, no. 2 (February 2018): 04017063-04017063.