Research interests are divided between the dynamics of Earth's interior and problems in coastal physical oceanography. We use 3D laboratory and numerical models to study circulation and thermal-chemical transport within Earth's mantle. Recent projects focus on the interaction between buoyant mantle plumes and plate subduction processes.
We also use a combination of spatially and temporally detailed observational techniques, along with numerical modeling tools to study circulation and related physical-chemical-biological processes in estuarine systems like Narragansett Bay. Recent projects include developing coupled ecosystem models for Narragansett Bay , exploring the relationship between poor flushing within urban estuaries and chronic water quality problems and studying the June 13, 2013 meteotsunami that hit Rhode Island.