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My research focuses on understanding the dominant physical processes in critically important ecosystems (such as seagrass meadows and coral reefs). Specifically, I have an interest in characterising the transport of dissolved and particulate species in these systems.

Recent news

December 2015: The next Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (20AFMC) will be held at UWA in Perth, Western Australia. The conference website can be found here. Please consider attending this conference that deals with a wide range of fluid mechanics research.

May 2014: MIT students’ fluid photography in the news: see MIT news release here

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March 2014: A movie (made for the UWA Education Futures project) describing my use of Team-Based Learning in the undergraduate unit Data Collection & Analysis.

January 2014: A video abstract of a recent paper (published in Current Biology in 2014) that uses canopy flow models to understand why the earliest communities of multicellular organisms grew off the ocean floor. The answer? To access higher flow speeds.

November 2013: Our experimental visualisation of the flow structure at the top of a vegetation canopy under wave-dominated conditions – note the clear vortex generation at the top of the canopy. Our current research is trying to understand the impact of these structures on the residence time of coastal aquatic canopies.