Research in my lab focuses on fluid dynamics in the coastal ocean and its effects on transport processes. We use field measurements, computational models, and theoretical analyses to understand fundamental physical processes in these systems. We also work extensively on interdisciplinary problems that have a significant physical component to better understand the effects of water motion on the geochemistry, biology, and ecology of shallow marine systems.
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.
School DivisionEarth & Ocean Sciences Marine Science & Conservation Marine Lab
- Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2002)
- M.S., Stanford University (1992)
- B.S., North Carolina State University (1991)
- Blue Waters Fellowship - University of Illinois - Walter Torres awarded by University of Illinois at Urbana--Champaign
- Into uncharted waters: understanding and predicting water movement and fluxes over coral reef atolls of the future
- Assessment of the Frequency and Duration of Hypoxic Events in the lower Neuse River Estuary awarded by University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
- Collaborative Research: Relating topographic Complexity and Circulation Patterns on Coral Reefs from Colony-Scale to Ree awarded by National Science Foundation
- A SAFE vessel: Advancing research capabilities to the Gulf Stream awarded by National Science Foundation