A tale of two Gulf spills: A research consortium of 17 institutions from 5 countries studying the impacts of oil spills on the Gulf of Mexico.
The Physical-Biological Interactions Laboratory focuses on investigating coupled biophysical processes during the early pelagic larval phase of marine species, which are the very foundation of marine populations and ecosystems. Led by Prof. Paris, a team of Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Students is taking a dual theoretical and empirical approach to understand the dispersion and fate of biotic (larvae) and abiotic (pollutants) particles in the ocean, largely through projects that have applications in marine conservation. Our lab research contributes to advances in the fields of movement ecology and ocean technology through the development of novel Lagrangian instruments designed to observe larval navigation (U-DISC) and open-source softwares designed to examine transport and population connectivity (CMS).
Dr. Socolofsky's research is in the broad area of Environmental Fluid Mechanics, with emphasis on laboratory experiments and data analysis to elucidate mixing mechanisms by turbulence and coherent structures. Current research projects study turbulent mixing processes in three contexts: (1) multiphase plumes, (2) shallow tidal inlets, and (3) coastal wetlands. See the Research pages for more details.
Dr. Socolofsky appointed as the Associate Director of the Offshore Technology Research Center
Dr. Zachary Aman is an Associate Professor at the School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering.
Learn more about his research interests on his home page.
Marieke Zeinstra is a PhD student and researcher studying the dispersion of oil in seawater.