I am a physical oceanographer mainly focused on mixing and transport processes in estuarine and coastal systems. I am currently a Research Associate/Post-doc at Portland State University.
I was born and raised in Northwest Indiana near Chicago and the shores of Lake Michigan. I migrated to the Southeast for undergrad (University of South Carolina), the Northeast for my PhD (Rutgers), and finally to the Northwest for a post-doc (Oregon State, Portland State).
Finally witnessed the Chicago Cubs win the World Series…
My research focuses on understanding the mixing and transport processes driving the water mass transformation in the estuarine and coastal regions as these processes ultimately control the fate of freshwater and the water mass structure on the continental shelf. I develop novel analytical tools and utilize numerical models along with observational oceanographic and meteorological data in an attempt to capture and advance the understanding of the underlying physical processes.
Currently I am involved with projects studying mixing and transport processes in the Passaic River, frontal dynamics and turbulence in estuaries, historical trends in wind and storm surge events in the Mid-Atlantic Bight, and the influence of historical modifications to the mouth of the Columbia River on the freshwater dispersal/circulation patterns on the Oregon/Washington continental shelf.
Past work includes examining the factors controlling the turbulent mixing in the tidal Columbia River plume along with the energetics and mixing associated with nonlinear internal wave (NLIW) formation at the tidal plume front with Jonathan Nash and the Ocean Mixing Group at Oregon State University. My PhD work at Rutgers University with Bob Chant focused on the impacts of variable wind forcing and ambient shelf circulation on the structure and freshwater transports in the Hudson River plume and the larger Mid-Atlantic Bight region.