Marine Science Class

Introduction to Marine Science

Geological, physical, chemical and biological processes of the world's oceans. The role of the oceans in global dynamics and man's role in and on the sea, including fisheries, pollution and ocean management. Laboratory and field exercises.
Physical Oceanography class

Introduction to Physical Oceanography

Application of the laws of physics to the study of the properties and circulation of the world's oceans and atmosphere.

Rotating tank

Introduction to Physical Oceanography Labs

Laboratory exercises and field work on basic fluid mechanics applicable to the ocean. These include buoyant convection and double diffusion, methods for measuring flows, gravity wave experiments in the lab and field, diffusion studies and rotating tank investigations as an analog for planetary flows.

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Modeling of Physical-Biological Interactions

This graduate course is designed to teach students the basics components for building coupled physical-biological models. Students will be able to understand the processes affecting from low- to high-trophic level organisms in the planktonic environment. Emphasis will be given on numerical simulations of mechanisms involved in: Plankton distribution and patchiness; Trophic interactions (NPZD); Larval behavior and transport; Marine population connectivity.

teaching lagrangian

Lagrangian fluid dynamics and predictability

Improved understanding and forecasting requires novel notions and techniques capable of casting light on why material is transported the way it is by a given flow. The goal of this graduate course is acquaint the student with a series of recent developments originated at the interface of nonlinear dynamics and fluid dynamics that have led to a number of novel notions and techniques.
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Fluid Dynamics

This is an introductory course on fluid mechanics, the branch of physics concerned with the study of the behavior of fluids (liquids, gases, and plasmas) either at rest (fluid statics) or in motion (fluid dynamics). It is a branch of continuum mechanics, which models matter from a macroscopic viewpoint. Fluid Mechanics has applications in a wide range of disciplines, including engineering, geophysics, oceanography, meteorology, astrophysics, and biology. Many problems are best addressed by numerical methods and using mathematical tools from nonlinear dynamical systems. Modern disciplines devoted to this are computational fluid dynamics and the theory of Lagrangian coherent structures.