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Dr. David Ralston

Senior Scientist
Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department

Contact Information:
Work: 508-289-2587
Building: Bigelow 212

Mailing Address:
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #11
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

I'm interested in fluid mechanics and transport processes in estuaries and the coastal ocean, including exchange and residence time, sediment transport, bathymetric effects, frontal processes, and physical-biological interactions. My approach typically mixes field observations and numerical modeling, taking advantage of the benefits and recognizing the limitations of each.


Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA

M.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

B.S. and B.A., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rice University