Ocean Hydrodynamics Lab @ UNH

Tracy Mandel, PhD

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Ocean Engineering

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

June 2022 - Congrats to Matt, Jenna, Matthias, & Aidan!

Congratulations to Matt, who graduated with his MEng in Ocean Engineering, and Jenna, Matthias, and Aidan, who graduated with their BS in Ocean Engineering!

Jan. 2022 - Zeeshan's paper published!

Zeeshan's paper on buoyancy-modified entrainment in plumes was published in Physics of Fluids. Congratulations, Zeeshan!

Fall 2021 - Welcome, Dr. Oehmke!

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