Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

David Ralston
David Ralston's photoDavid Ralston
Associate Scientist w/ Tenure
Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering

Contact Information:
Work: 508 289 2587
Building: Bigelow 212

Mailing Address:
Mailstop 11
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests
Fluid mechanics and scalar transport in estuaries and the coastal ocean, including stratified turbulence, estuarine exchange, dispersion and residence time, bathymetric effects on shallow tidal flows, sediment transport, frontal processes, and physical/biological coupling. Research methods integrate field observations and numerical modeling, ranging from simple analytical models to 3-d hydrodynamic codes for flow and transport.


Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2005

M.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Stanford University , 1998

B.S. and B.A., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rice University, 1996

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