My research focuses on the physical ecology of microorganisms and on microscale transport phenomena. With specific expertise in fluid mechanics, I use carefully controlled microfluidic experiments to understand how physical forces and chemical signals shape the behavior of microorganisms, particuarly in the ocean. My vision is that understanding microscale biophysical mechanisms is paramount to predicting ecosystem-level dynamics.
The physical ecology and fluid mechanics of microorganisms.
Life at low Reynolds numbers. Continuum dynamics and mathematical modeling.
Engineering Mechanics II: Fluid mechanics for Civil and Environmental Engineers.
Awards and Honors
Paolo Sarpi gold medal for the best School of Engineering student, University of Padova
Winslow Career Development Chair
NSF CAREER grant (Biological Oceanography)
Doherty Professorship of Ocean Utilization
ASLO Lindeman Award for outstanding paper in aquatic sciences under age 35