Matthew A. Reidenbach


My primary area of research is environmental fluid dynamics, with an emphasis on physical-biological interactions in coastal environments. Current research activities include the effects of flow and turbulence on nutrient exchange in coral reefs, sediment transport in estuaries, chemical dispersion in the coastal ocean, and wave dynamics. My research also investigates coastal resilience. I explore how ecosystems such as coral reefs, seagrasses and oyster beds, both alter and respond to wave and storm impacts along coastlines. This has important implications to economic losses and the vulnerability of coastal communities to storms, flooding, and sea level rise.

I also hold a courtesy faculty appointment within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. (Curriculum Vitae)


Reidenbach Google Scholar Link

  • Reidenbach M.A., Stocking J.B., Szczyrba L., Wendelken C., 2021, Hydrodynamic interactions with coral topography and its impact on larval settlement, Coral Reefs, doi:10.1007/s00338-021-02069-y.

  • Zhu Q., Wiberg P., Reidenbach M.A., 2021, Quantifying seasonal seagrass effects on flow and sediment dynamics in a back-barrier bay, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 126, e2020JC016547.

  • Besterman A.F., McGlathery K.J., Reidenbach M.A., Wiberg P.L., and Pace M.L., 2021, Predicting benthic macroalgal abundance in shallow coastal lagoons from geomorphology and hydrologic flow patterns, Limnology and Oceanography, 66, 123-140.

  • Michaelis B., Leathers K., Bobkov Y., Ache B., Principe J., Baharloo R., Park I.M., and Reidenbach M.A., 2020, Odor tracking in aquatic organisms: the importance of temporal and spatial intermittency of the turbulent plume, Scientific Reports, 10, 7961, doi:10.1038/s41598-020-64766-y.

  • Volaric M.P., Berg P., and Reidenbach M.A., 2020, Drivers of oyster reef ecosystem metabolism measured across multiple timescales, Estuaries and Coasts, doi:10.1007/s12237-020-00745-w.

  • Hogan S. and Reidenbach M.A., 2019, Quantifying and mapping intertidal oyster reefs utilizing LiDAR-based remote sensing, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 630, 83-99, doi:10.3354/meps13118.

  • Volaric M.P., Berg P., and Reidenbach M.A., 2019, An invasive macroalga alters ecosystem metabolism and hydrodynamics on a tidal flat, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 628, 1-16, doi:10.3354/meps13143.

  • Reidenbach M.A. and Timmerman R., 2019, Interactive effects of seagrass and the microphytobenthos on sediment suspension within shallow coastal bays, Estuaries and Coasts, doi:10.1007/s12237-019-00627-w.

  • Wiberg P.L., Taube S.R., Ferguson A.E., Kremer M.R., Reidenbach M.A., 2019, Wave attenuation by oyster reefs in shallow coastal bays, Estuaries and Coasts, 42, 331-347.

  • Murphy E.A.K, Barros J.M., Schultz M.P., Flack K.A., Steppe C.N., Reidenbach M.A., 2019, Roughness effects of diatomaceous slime fouling on turbulent boundary layer hydrodynamics, Biofouling, 34:9, 976-988.


Physical Hydrology (EVSC 3600)
Studies the physical principles governing the flow of water on and beneath the earth’s surface, including open channel hydraulics, ground water hydraulics, and dynamics of soil moisture.

Biomechanics of Organisms (EVSC 3060)
Explores interactions between biology and the fluid environment (air and water) within which organisms function. Examines such issues as animal locomotion, heat exchange, mass exchange, bio-acoustics, and bio-optics in air and water, as well as living at the interface between the two fluids.

Physical Oceanography (EVSC 5440)
Studies the physical properties, processes, and structure of the oceans; mass and energy budgets; methods of measurements; and the nature and theory of ocean currents, waves, and tides in the open sea, near shore and in estuaries.

Coastal Oceanography (EVSC 5060)
An interdisciplinary course which covers physical, biological, and chemical processes occurring along coastlines and within coastal ecosystems.

Hydrological Transport Processes (EVHY 5650)
Examines the transport of dissolved substances, and of sediment and particulate matter in terrestrial and aquatic environments.