Shallow Water Oceanography Laboratory
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University
135 Marine Lab Road
Beaufort, NC 28516 USA

Email: jim.hench(@)duke.edu

I am a physical oceanographer with research interests in shallow-water circulation characterized by unsteadiness, strong advective accelerations, and frictional boundary layers that occupy much or all of the water column. I am also interested in the effects of stratification on shallow flows. Currently I am working on several projects including: wave-driven circulation and exchange in coral reef, lagoon, and pass systems; understanding the effects of rough bottoms such as corals on circulation and scalar mixing; and the impact of stratification on circulation and tidal exchange in a freshwater tidal river.

I also have a strong interest in interdisciplinary problems that have a significant physical component such as: larval fish transport, small-scale shear effects on phytoplankton, selective tidal-stream transport, sponge excurrents, and the effects of wave forcing on corallivory.

Prospective students: I am looking for PhD students interested in ocean sciences or environmental fluid mechanics to join my lab in Fall 2014. Students with a background in engineering, applied math, or physics are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications for entry to our program are due 8-Dec-2013. Please email me for further information about current projects, funding, and our program. Application information can be found at this link.

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