The BIG TABLE

"Baroclinic Instability and Geostrophic Turbulence Analyzed by Laboratory Experiments"

My main project at GFDI. A fluid dynamics experiment conducted on a large, rotating platform, where heating and cooling can produce flow patterns similar to the Antarctic Circumpolar Current or the high-latitude wind patterns in gas giant atmospheres.

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Oil Droplets in Langmuir Circulation

An experiment done with Prof. David Murphy at the University of South Florida College of Engineering. We created a downwelling jet between two vortices to mimic the vertical motions in a Langmuir Supercell. We observed the motion of positively-buoyant oil droplets in the flow, which are retained beneath the surface in Stommel Retention Zones. This has implications for the mixing of oil and sediment outside of the surf zone following a spill.


Wave Interaction With Seagrass Beds

April 9-12, 2012. FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory, FL; done as part of Marine Field Methods course at the FSU Department of Oceanography.

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R/V Bellows Cruise

Jun 8-12, 2010. Apalachicola Bay, FL; done as part of Marine Field Methods course at the FSU Department of Oceanography.

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Tidal Analysis of Delaware Bay

Jun 2007. Undergraduate internship at the program in Physical Ocean Science and Engineering, The University of Delaware, Dr. Andreas Münchow, advising. I performed a tidal analysis and calculated a mean flow for the Delaware Bay based upon a transect done by the R/V Hugh Sharp. A brief summary can be found here:


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