Daniel MacDonald


Civil & Environmental Engineering



Violette Research 107 A


2003 Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Joint Program Ph.D. in Oceanographic Engineering
1996 Cornell University M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering
1992 Univeristy of New Hampshire B.S.C.E.

Research interests

  • Stratified hydrodynamics
  • Turbulence and frontal dynamics
  • Industrial discharges
  • Marine renewable energy
  • Coastal and environmental engineering

Research activities

  • National Science Foundation. Collaborative Research: Sediment transport and storage in tidal floodplain water bodies. D. MacDonald (Collaborative Partners: J. Woodruff, UMass Amherst; Anna Martini, Amherst College). $69,782 ($355,710 total). 2012-2015.
  • National Science Foundation. Collaborative research: Creation of a coastal current – the transition of an energetic river discharge from buoyant jet to geostrophic plume. D. MacDonald (PI, UMassD), R. Hetland (Co-PI, Texas A&M) and A. Horner-Devine (Co-PI, U. Washington). $499,416.00 ($1,134,688.00 total). Mar. 2009 – Feb. 2012.
  • Other ongoing research includes the development of alternative outfall designs for thermal discharges associated with fossil fuel and nuclear power plant operations, and the analysis of transport and mixing in a large, multi-basin New Hampshire lake.

Select publications

MacDonald, D. G., and F. Chen (2012).
Enhancement of turbulence through lateral spreading in a stratified-shear flow: Development and assessment of a conceptual model
Journal of Geophysical Research, 117

Pappal, A.L., R.A. Rountree, and D.G. MacDonald (2012).
Relationship between body size and habitat complexity preference in age-0 and age-1 winter flounder Pseudopleuronectes americanus
Journal of Fish Biology, 81(1), 220-229.

MacDonald, D. G. (2009).
Enhanced surface cooling as an alternative for thermal discharges
Journal of Environmental Engineering, 135(12), 1326-1337.

Dr. Daniel MacDonald is a Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He received a Ph.D. in Oceanographic Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Joint Program in 2003,

At UMass Dartmouth, Dr. MacDonald leads the Coastal Engineering and Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, which focuses research in a variety of areas related to coastal physics and engineering. Basic and applied research encompasses the areas of stratified hydrodynamics, turbulence and frontal dynamics—with specific emphasis on estuarine flows, river plumes, and industrial discharges. A significant research focus also lies in the area of renewable energy, including wave energy and the hydrodynamic aspects of other marine renewable technologies, and conventional hydropower.  He is also actively involved in the utilization of robotic platforms for environmental data acquisition in coastal and inland aquatic environments.

Dr. MacDonald is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Geophysical Union.


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