I am a graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle. I received an M.S.E. in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (UW-EFM) and currently am pursuing a Ph.D in the School of Oceanography (Sediment Dynamics Group). Previously, I was a hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Research Program in Reston, VA. Born and raised in the state of Maine, I moved to Seattle in 2008.
Generally, I’m interested in sediment transport in, and morphology of, coastal and riverine systems. Currently I’m involved with studies in Willapa Bay, Washington; the Mekong River, Vietnam; and the Amazon River, Brazil. Past study sites include the Columbia River, Washington and the Florida Everglades.
Right now I’m conducting field research on the Amazon and Mekong tidal rivers with others from the UW along with international collaborators. We’re looking at the sediment-transport processes that take place in these freshwater, but tidally influenced, river reaches. A combination of estuarine and riverine processes is likely taking place here, and my research seeks to quantify these phenomena and how they change with tidal range and seasonal river discharge levels. Read on for more information about tidal rivers.
In addition to these active field programs, I’m trying my hand at numerical modeling. Using the modeling environment Delft3D, my goal is to simulate numerically some of the phenomena that I observed with instrumentation deployed on the muddy tidal flats of Willapa Bay, Washington. Modeling results should help to give insight to the velocity and suspended-sediment patterns in our observational data set. Read on for more modeling information.
Since 2008 I have done most of my data analysis work within MATLAB. I have made available a few codes that may be useful to others on my codes page.
My C.V. is available here; feel free to email me at dan @ this domain.
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