Stephen Monismith

Professor Stephen Monismith is a researcher at Stanford University who co-leads the RTI project, Physical Oceanography. Stephen’s research in environmental and geophysical fluid dynamics involves the application of fluid mechanics principles to the analysis of flow processes operating in rivers, lakes, estuaries, and oceans. Making use of laboratory experimentation, numerical modelling, and field measurements, his current research includes studies of estuarine hydrodynamics and mixing processes; flows over coral reefs; wind wave-turbulent flow interactions in the upper ocean; turbulence in density stratified fluids; and physical-biological interactions in phytoplankton and benthic systems. Because his interest in estuarine processes is intertwined with an interest in California water policy issues, he has been involved with efforts to develop management strategies for improving the health of the San Francisco Bay through regulation of freshwater flow. Contact Stephen