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Marine Science & Technology

Marine Science & Technology emphasizes societal need-driven research and learning in an interdisciplinary environment. The UMass Dartmouth faculty focuses on observations, modeling, experimentation, and theory in the areas of ocean sciences, ocean technology, and marine policy.

Gavin Fay
Gavin Fay

Associate Professor

SMAST / Fisheries Oceanography
School for Marine Science & Technology East, New Bedford 228

508-910-6363
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Kevin Stokesbury
Kevin Stokesbury

Dean

SMAST / Administration
School for Marine Science & Technology East, New Bedford 203

508-999-8209
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Research

Research interests

  • Spatial distributions of marine fishes and invertebrates
  • Marine fishes and invertebrates migrations
  • Marine fishes and invertebrates community structure
  • Marine fishes and invertebrates predator-prey interactions
  • Marine fishes and invertebrates population dynamics and fisheries
Pingguo He
Pingguo He

Professor / Chairperson

SMAST / Fisheries Oceanography
School for Marine Science & Technology East, New Bedford 127

508-910-6323
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Research

Research interests

  • Sustainable fisheries
  • Fish behavior near fishing gear
  • Environmentally friendly fishing gear design
  • Evaluating and reducing fishing impact
Steven Cadrin
Steven Cadrin

Professor

SMAST / Fisheries Oceanography
School for Marine Science & Technology East, New Bedford 121

508-910-6358
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Research

Research interests

  • Fishery Stock Assessment
  • Defining Spatial Fishery Management Units
  • Spatially-Complex Population Dynamics
  • Fishery Management Advice
  • Bycatch Management
Banafsheh Seyedaghazadeh
Banafsheh Seyedaghazadeh

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering
Science & Engineering 116C

508-999-8567
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Research

Research interests

  • Fluid-Structure Interactions
  • Flow-Induced Vibration
  • Experimental Fluid Dynamics
  • Vibrations
  • Renewable Energy
Hangjian Ling
Hangjian Ling

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering
Violette Research 214

508-999-8540
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Research

Research interests

  • Experimental fluid dynamics in turbulence, boundary layers, multiphase flows
  • Super-hydrophobic surfaces and the wetting dynamics
  • Collective behavior such as bird flocks, fish schools, human crowds and cell colonies
  • 3D Imaging technologies using digital holography and stereo-imaging
Mehdi Raessi
Mehdi Raessi

Professor / Graduate Program Director

Mechanical Engineering
Textiles 226

508-999-8496
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Research

Research interests

  • Interfacial flows
  • Multi-phase flows with phase change
  • Energy systems (renewable/conventional)
  • Computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer
  • Scientific and High-Performance Computing
Miles Sundermeyer
Miles Sundermeyer

Professor

SMAST / Estuarine & Ocean Sciences
School for Marine Science & Technology West, New Bedford 110A

508-999-8892
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Research

Research interests

  • Small-scale vertical and horizontal mixing processes
  • Dye release and Lagrangian drifter studies
  • Numerical modeling of two- and three-dimensional turbulent flows
  • Numerical modeling of physical and biological interactions
Diego Bernal
Diego Bernal

Professor

Biology
Violette Research 116

508-999-8307
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Research

Research interests

  • Fish biology
  • Comparative physiology of fishes
  • Comparison of the morphological, physiological, and biochemical specializations of high-performance fishes
  • Fish response to angling-induced stress
  • Disruption to homeostasis in fish
Erin Bromage
Erin Bromage

Professor

Biology
Main 398I

508-999-8218
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Research

Research interests

  • Antibody production
  • Antibody mediated protection
  • Structure of the antibody
  • Quality of the antibody for pathogen recognition
Kenneth Oliveira
Kenneth Oliveira

Professor

Biology
Violette Research 106

508-999-8227
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Research

Research interests

  • Biology of fishes with an emphasis on the biology of American eels
  • Life history strategies
  • Age and growth of fishes
Pia Moisander
Pia Moisander

Professor

SMAST / Estuarine & Ocean Sciences
Violette Research 209

508-999-8222
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Research

Research interests

  • Marine microbiology
  • Microbiomes
  • Microbial community ecology
  • Biofilms
Pia Moisander
Pia Moisander

Professor

Biology
Violette Research 209

508-999-8222
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Research

Research interests

  • Marine microbiology
  • Microbiomes
  • Microbial community ecology
  • Biofilms
Robert Drew
Robert Drew

Associate Professor

Biology
Violette Research 215

508-999-8950
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Research

Research interests

  • Genomic and quantitative genetic approaches to investigate adaptations in fish
  • Fish domestication
  • Physiological and genetic changes underlying domestication
Daniel MacDonald - professor - SMAST, College of Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Daniel MacDonald

Professor

SMAST / Estuarine & Ocean Sciences
School for Marine Science & Technology East, New Bedford 233

508-910-6334
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Research

Research interests

  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • Turbulence and Mixing
  • River Plume Dynamics
  • Marine Renewable Energy
  • Environmental Data Collection with Autonomous Vehicles
Daniel MacDonald - professor - SMAST, College of Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Daniel MacDonald

Professor / Co-Chairperson

Civil & Environmental Engineering
Violette Research 107B

508-910-6334
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Research

Research interests

  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • Turbulence and Mixing
  • River Plume Dynamics
  • Marine Renewable Energy
  • Environmental Data Collection with Autonomous Vehicles
Geoffrey Cowles
Geoffrey Cowles

Associate Professor

SMAST / Fisheries Oceanography
School for Marine Science & Technology East, New Bedford 218

508-910-6397
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Research

Research interests

  • Marine Renewable Energy
  • Ocean Modeling
  • Shape Optimization and Design
  • High Performance Computing
  • Coupled Marine Bio-Physical Models
Mehdi Raessi
Mehdi Raessi

Professor / Graduate Program Director

Mechanical Engineering
Textiles 226

508-999-8496
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Research

Research interests

  • Interfacial flows
  • Multi-phase flows with phase change
  • Energy systems (renewable/conventional)
  • Computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer
  • Scientific and High-Performance Computing
Ryan Beemer
Ryan Beemer

Assistant Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering
Violette Research 220A

508-999-8416
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Research

Research interests

  • Offshore Geotechnical Engineering
  • Offshore Foundations and Anchors
  • Foundations for Offshore Wind Turbines
  • Calcareous Sediments
Amit Tandon
Amit Tandon

Professor

Mechanical Engineering
School for Marine Science & Technology East, New Bedford 234

508-999-8357
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Research

Research interests

  • Fluid dynamics and heat transfer of the ocean, and the engineering tools needed to study them
  • Oceanic sub-mesoscale frontal gradients and mesoscale eddies, and their role in setting up the circulation and the air-sea interaction
  • Theory, simulations, and observational analysis of sub-mesoscale features in the ocean
Amit Tandon
Amit Tandon

Professor

SMAST / Estuarine & Ocean Sciences
School for Marine Science & Technology East, New Bedford 234

508-999-8357
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Research

Research interests

  • Fluid dynamics and heat transfer of the ocean, and the engineering tools needed to study them
  • Oceanic sub-mesoscale frontal gradients and mesoscale eddies, and their role in setting up the circulation and the air-sea interaction
  • Theory, simulations, and observational analysis of sub-mesoscale features in the ocean
Changsheng Chen
Changsheng Chen

Commonwealth Professor & Montgomery Charter Chair

SMAST / Fisheries Oceanography
School for Marine Science & Technology East, New Bedford 226

508-910-6388
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Research

Research interests

  • Modeling and observational exploration of coastal ocean circulation
  • Oceanic frontal processes
  • Biological and physical interactions
  • Arctic Ocean and Climate Change
  • Multi-scaling ocean model developments
Geoffrey Cowles
Geoffrey Cowles

Associate Professor

SMAST / Fisheries Oceanography
School for Marine Science & Technology East, New Bedford 218

508-910-6397
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Research

Research interests

  • Marine Renewable Energy
  • Ocean Modeling
  • Shape Optimization and Design
  • High Performance Computing
  • Coupled Marine Bio-Physical Models
Cynthia Pilskaln
Cynthia Pilskaln

Professor Emerita

SMAST / Estuarine & Ocean Sciences
School for Marine Science & Technology West, New Bedford 218B

508-910-6327
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Research

Research interests

  • Marine biogeochemistry and sedimentology
  • Geochemical particle fluxes in the ocean and large lake systems with emphasis on their quantitative relationship to climate forcing over short and long time scales and to underlying sediment record
  • Organic carbon and biogenic silica cycling including aggregation, export and remineralization processes in the water column and at the sediment/water interface
  • Development and use of particle imaging instrumentation, submersible vehicle-based technology, and image analysis techniques for the in-situ study of marine particulates and plankton
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David Brown

Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering
Science & Engineering 214F

508-999-8479
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Research

Research interests

  • Transducer modeling
  • Training of undergraduate and graduate students in engineering acoustics
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David Brown

Professor

Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Fall River 123

508-910-9852
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Research

Research interests

  • Transducer modeling
  • Training of undergraduate and graduate students in engineering acoustics
John Buck
John Buck

Chancellor Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dion 324B

508-999-9237
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Research

Research interests

  • Signal Processing
  • Underwater Acoustics
  • Animal Bioacoustics
  • Engineering Pedagogy
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Paul Gendron

Associate Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering
Science & Engineering 214D

508-999-8510
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Research

Research interests

  • Adaptive filtering for angle-delay-Doppler spread channels
  • Low probability of detection acoustic communications
  • Magnetic anomaly detection and tracking
  • Seismic event detection and classification
Yifei Li
Yifei Li

Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering
Science & Engineering 214B

508-999-8841
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Brian Howes
Brian Howes

Chancellor Professor

SMAST / Estuarine & Ocean Sciences
School for Marine Science & Technology West, New Bedford 116A

508-910-6325
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Research

Research interests

  • Restoration of estuarine nutrient related habitat quality
  • Restoration of salt marshes through tidal enhancement and through Phragmites removal using natural biogeochemical cycles
  • Groundwater nutrient transport & transformation from uplands to coastal waters
  • Relationship between nutrient loading, algal production, oxygen levels and benthic communities in embayments
  • Long-term impact of sea level rise on community structure of wetland ecosystems
Mark Altabet
Mark Altabet

Professor / Chairperson

SMAST / Estuarine & Ocean Sciences
School for Marine Science & Technology West, New Bedford 122A

508-999-8622
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Research

Research interests

  • Major marine biogeochemical cycles
  • Global N cycle and its interactions with climate change
  • Atmospheric CO2 concentration
  • Coastal eutrophication
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Sukalyan Sengupta

Director

Center for Indic Studies
Violette Research 108C

508-999-8470
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Research

Research interests

  • Adsorbents and Ion-Exchangers
  • Nutrient Removal and Recovery
  • Reuse of Solid Wastes
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Water Treatment
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Sukalyan Sengupta

Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering
Violette Research 108C

508-999-8470
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Research

Research interests

  • Adsorbents and Ion-Exchangers
  • Nutrient Removal and Recovery
  • Reuse of Solid Wastes
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Water Treatment
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