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)


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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.