Tracy Mandel

Ocean Fluids Lab @ UNH

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

My research explores several problems in environmental fluid mechanics, 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 dynamics.

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

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).

Dec. 24 - NH Sea Grant Development Fund

We were awarded a $5000 grant from the New Hampshire Sea Grant Development Fund for a pilot study of seasonal changes in the biophysical properties of salt marsh plants.

Dec. 18 - New publication in PRF!

Experimental work from Dr. Mandel's postdoc at UC Merced was published in Physical Review Fluids. See the article here or download the pdf.

Our data and code are also publicly available on Github.