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Andone C Lavery
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Research Statement
My research is in the area of acoustical oceanography, that is, the study of the physics and biology of the ocean, and their interactions, through the use and development of acoustic techniques. The specific areas of research that I am involved in include 1) acoustic scattering by marine organisms, such as zooplankton, micronekton, fish, and squid, 2) acoustic scattering from physical process that occur in the ocean interior, such as oceanic microstructure, turbulence, shear instability, double-diffusion, and internal waves, 3) acoustic propagation in highly turbulent environments with dense bubble clouds, the impact of these physical processes on the propagation of mid- and high-frequency sound in shallow coastal environments, and implications to acoustic communications, and 4) acoustic scattering from sea ice and oil under, or encapsulated in, sea ice. To date, my research has been focused in coastal regions (shore ward of the continental shelf break) in water depths of less than 200 meters (e.g. the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, New Jersey Continental Shelf), as the natural abundance of zooplankton is high and turbulent dissipation rates and stratification tend to be high, resulting in strong acoustic signals.

My research approach encompasses the theoretical development of analytical physics-based models to understand the scattering and propagation of high-frequency sound in the ocean, laboratory experiments to verify acoustic models in a controlled environment, in situ field experiments that make use of the models and allow the physics and/or biology of the ocean interior to be explored and better understood, and the development of instrumentation  to improve our ability to remotely investigate the biology and physics of the ocean interior and boundaries.

There are opportunities for high-school students (WHOI Guest Student Program ), undergraduates (WHOI Summer Student Fellowship Program), graduate students (WHOI-MIT Joint Program), and post-doctoral students (WHOI Postdoctoral Fellow Program) in my laboratory. I am always interested in accepting applications from people with a background in physics, engineering, mathematics, or applied mathematics. I have advised students (see CV for list of students) of many different levels and interests and continue to look for good students that share my research interests. If you are interested in research in my laboratory, in any of the above capacities, please contact me. 



2.684: Wave Scattering by Rough Surfaces and Randomly Inhomogeneous Media MIT/WHOI Joint Program, MIT MechE designation 2.684, prereq 2.066 (or permission from the instructors) Instructors: A. Lavery and T. Stanton

Course description: An advanced-level subject designed to give the student working knowledge of current techniques in scattering and wave propagation through random media theory. Major application of theory presented is to ocean acoustics, but can be used in other acoustic and electromagnetic applications. Includes basics of wave propagation through random media theory, volume scattering by discrete scatterers (aerosols), scattering by rough surfaces, and acoustic propagation through ocean internal waves and mesoscale eddies.

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WHOI Ocean Acoustics and Signals Laboratory

Office of Naval Research Ocean Acoustics Program

The Acoustical Society of America

The ASA Acoustical Oceanography Technical Committee


Administrative Professional: Shirley Barkley

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