Rachel Simons

Associate Project Scientist (coastal physical oceanographer and modeler)

I am a coastal physical oceanographer and modeler. I study the interactions between physical and biological processes in estuaries and the coastal ocean using numerical models.  My research focuses on understanding how oceanographic features, such as eddies, upwelling, and fronts, influence patterns of primary productivity, larval dispersal and connectivity, and ecological hot spots.  I use biophysical models, three-dimensional circulation models with particle tracking to represent the biological process, along with empirical data to address these interdisciplinary problems.    I am also interested in how the behavior of individual species, such as vertical migration, temperature response, and mortality, influences larval transport and connectivity.  The circulation models that I use are ROMS, TRIM3D, CE-QUAL-W2, and ELCOM.

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