A large part of my work is motivated by understanding microplastics pollution in the ocean. Specifically, I study how to interpret observations, predict transport, and model degradation of plastic debris in the environment. In addition, I study problems in biological fluid mechanics such as the behavior of plankton in turbulence with applications to bio-inspired navigation and larval ecology. I use laboratory experiments, often in a wave tank or flume, as well as numerical and analytical tools to measure and predict how the properties of small particles control their dynamics in unsteady flows.
Proper bio: I received my B.S. from Cornell University in 2014, and my Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2019 in Civil & Env. Eng. where I studied the behavior and transport of non-spherical particles in surface gravity waves under advisors Nicholas Ouellette and Jeffrey Koseff. For my dissertation work, I was awarded the 2019 Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award in Fluid Dynamics from the American Physical Society and the Lorenz Straub award from St. Anthony Falls Laboratory at University of Minnesota. Prior to joining UW, I was a Weston Howland Jr. Postdoctoral Scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the Physical Oceanography and Biology departments. I currently serve as an Early Career Board Member for the Physical Review Fluids journal.
In my free time, I like to cook extravagent meals for my friends, garden, and ferment vegetables. I am also an aspiring crossword constructor.
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow
Luci received her PhD in Aerospace Engineering with a focus on Experimental Fluid Mechanics from the University of Minnesota. Her research explores the vertical mixing of microplastics and other non-spherical particles by wind-driven turbulence at the ocean surface through laboratory experiments and numerical models. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, growing vegetables, and voraciously reading books.
Ph.D. Student, UW ME
Julio is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering. His research focuses on the dynamics of non-spherical particles in turbulent flows. He obtained a Master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied the morphological characterization of turbulent channel flows using remote sensing techniques, such as surface particle image velocimetry (SPIV). In his free time, Julio enjoys photography, drawing in the outdoors, and hiking. He is also working on his chess openings and learning to play Go.
Emma graduated from UW with a B.S. in Computer Science in 2019. She currently works as a software engineer while assisting with lab work by writing Python code to analyze and visualize ocean drifter data. In her spare time, she enjoys running, listening to podcasts, and exploring art galleries.
B.S. Student, UW
B.S. Student, UW
Former lab members:
Manny Pacheco, M.S. Student, UW ME
Cali McFarland, B.S. Student, UW ME
Alexander Erling, B.S. Student, UW ME