Tracy Mandel, PhD

Ocean Fluids Lab @ UNH

I am an Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.

My research explores turbulent flow at ocean margins, with a focus on laboratory experiments. I am particularly interested in the surface signature of systems that have complex subsurface hydrodynamics (such as a seagrass bed or a freshwater plume), and how we can develop simplified models that allow us to "invert" this interior behavior by measuring the free surface. I also study near-shore circulation and coastal hydrodynamics.

Prior to joining the faculty at UNH, I received my PhD from Stanford University in the Bob and Norma Street Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, and was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Merced.

Please get in touch if you are interested in research opportunities as an MS/PhD student, postdoc, or undergraduate at UNH!

Lab News

Fall 2021 - Welcome, Dr. Oehmke!

Dr. Theresa Oehmke arrived at UNH in August 2021 as a Postdoctoral Scholar in Mechanical Engineering. She will be working with Chris White and Tracy Mandel during her time here. Welcome!

June 2021 - ONR funding

Dr. Mandel and Dr. Tom Weber were awarded a grant from the Office of Naval Research for their project titled Connecting the fluid free-surface with the interior acoustic field in a multiphase ocean.

Summer 2021 - Welcome Jobel & Jenna!

In June, we welcomed two new undergraduate researchers to the lab, Jenna Ehnot (senior in OE at UNH) and Jobel Villafane Pagan (senior in Geology at UPRM).