PI: Tracy Mandel

I'm an environmental fluid mechanician by training, with research interests in experimental methods, canopy flows, near-shore hydrodynamics, free-surface flows, and particle/plume dynamics in stratified fluids. I received my Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2018, and my B.S. from Cornell University in 2012. Prior to joining UNH as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Ocean Engineering, I was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Merced.

In my free time, I enjoy climbing, knitting, and coming up with fluid-vegetable puns.

You can find me on Google Scholar, ResearchGate, and occasionally Twitter.

Mandel_CV.pdf (updated July 2021)

Ocean Fluids Lab members (in alphabetical order)

Vivek Bheeroo - Ocean Engineering PhD student

Vivek is a first-year PhD student in Ocean Engineering at UNH, working on field and lab measurements of the surface expression of submerged vegetation. He received his M.S. degree in Coastal & Ocean Engineering from Oregon State University in 2019.

Jenna Ehnot - Undergraduate Researcher

Jenna is a senior in Ocean Engineering at UNH. Her research focuses on seasonal variation in the biomechanical properties of salt marsh plants, with the goal of understanding how plant stiffness and breakage throughout the year might affect the hydraulic properties of marshes. This research is supported by New Hampshire Sea Grant.

Matthias Page - Undergraduate Researcher

Matthias is a senior in Ocean Engineering at UNH. He is designing, building and programming a small-scale wave tank that will be used to develop free-surface imaging techniques, particularly for studying the interaction of waves with coral and other complex three-dimensional benthos.

Zeeshan Saeed - Mechanical Engineering PhD student

Zeeshan is a first-year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at UNH, working on the dynamics and surface expression of turbulent buoyant plumes. He received his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 2019.

Jobel Villafañe-Pagán - Undergraduate Researcher

Jobel is a senior in Geology at the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez, and a visiting researcher at UNH in Summer 2021, hosted by the Coastal Research Response Center and the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering. He is studying the settling of oceanic particles such as sediment, plastic, and marine snow in ambient density stratification.

Ocean Fluids Lab alumni

  • Ocean Engineering Senior Project Team, 2020-2021: Turbidity Control with Bubble Curtains

    • Matthew Dowling, Sean Gillam, Derek Goulet, Magalyn Kosalek, Michael Monahan, and Jason Robidoux designed and conducted laboratory experiments to study the effectiveness of bubble screens in controlling gravity currents for dredging operations. Check out their final project team presentation as part of UNH's Undergraduate Research Conference!