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Coastal Oceanography Modeling Lab Group

Waipaoa River plume entering the Pacific Ocean. Photo courtesy of Dave Peacock.

Our lab's research focuses on the transport and fate of sediment and nutrients in coastal ocean environments. We do this by developing and using numerical models. We work in a variety of coastal environments, including continental shelves, estuaries and wetlands. 

Water quality, global biogeochemical cycles, geomorphic change, and interpretation of the geologic record are all impacted by when, where, and how much sediment and nutrients move through the coastal ocean. Our research can thereby provide insight into societal issues such as water quality management, managing carbon budgets, coastal flooding, and habitat for coastal and marine species.

York River estuary, a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay.

The movement and fate of material can be difficult to predict because of the many processes that are involved. Use of numerical models, such as the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS), allows us to analyze temporal and spatial variability of biogeochemical and sedimentary processes, as well as the extent to which different processes affect sediment and nutrient transport in the coastal ocean. 

How to Join

The Coastal Oceanography group is recruiting!

Students and post-docs interested in joining the Coastal Oceanography research group should e-mail Julia Moriarty ( with a brief statement about why you are interested, a resume or CV, and (prospective graduate students only) a copy of your unofficial transcript(s). Lab members may come from a variety of backgrounds including geoscience (including oceanic and atmospheric science), other science fields (physics, math, chemistry, etc.), engineering (environmental, civil, etc.), or non-traditional fields. 

Contact Information

(Phone) 303-492-4771