Jim Hench
Duke University Marine Laboratory
Nicholas School of the Environment
135 Duke Marine Lab Road
Beaufort, NC 28516 USA

Email: jim.hench(@)duke.edu

Research in the Hench Lab focuses on shallow-water circulation and transport processes in the coastal ocean. Flows in these environments are characterized by unsteadiness, strong advective accelerations, and frictional boundary layers that occupy much or all of the water column. We are also investigating effects of stratification on shallow flows. Current projects include: 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 vertical mixing in a highly stratified wind-driven estuary.

Much of our research is on coral reef hydrodynamics and our lab leads the Physical Oceanographic component of the Moorea Coral Reef LTER project

We also work extensively on interdisciplinary problems that have a significant physical component. Current work in this area includes: larval transport around a coral reef island, sponge excurrents, and the effects of wave forcing on corallivory.

Prospective students: We are looking for new PhD students interested in ocean sciences or environmental fluid mechanics to join the lab in Fall 2015. Students with a background in engineering, applied math, physics, and environmental science are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications for entry to our program are due 8-Dec-2014. Please email Jim Hench for further information about current projects, funding, and our program. Application information can be found at this link.

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