My research focuses on the physical mechanisms of exchange and stirring over the continental shelf, a critical aspect of our efforts to characterize the natural system present in the coastal ocean and evaluating the implications of changes in the system for stakeholders. While the dynamics that control wind-driven transport dominate exchange over the shelf as a whole, they can serve as a barrier over the inner part of the shelf, where surface and bottom boundary layers overlap and interact. In this unique environment, the scales of both vertical and horizontal stirring act to bound the across-shelf movement of particles. My research methods involve the use of in situ and remotely sensed observational systems, along with the application of idealized models, to expand our theoretical understanding of turbulent coastal flows and the processes that govern exchange.
Ph.D. 2007, Physical Oceanography, Oregon State University. Advisor: John A. Barth. Thesis: Inner-shelf Circulation off the Central Oregon Coast
M.S. 2003, Physical Oceanography, University of Rhode Island. Advisor: Dave Hebert. Thesis: The Structure and Variability of a Coastal Density Front
B.E. 1997, Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University