Specialties: Coral Reefs, Hydrodynamics
Professor Monismith's research and teaching in environmental and geophysical fluid dynamics involves the application of fluid mechanics principles to the analysis of flow processes operating in lakes, estuaries and the oceans. His current research includes studies of mixing and circulation in tropical lakes, estuarine hydrodynamics, flows over coral reefs at scales from individual colonies to whole reefs, nearshore flow processes in the coastal ocean, turbulence in density stratified flows, 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 participated in various efforts to develop management strategies for improving the "health" of San Francisco Bay, and is currently the chair of the Interagency Ecological Program Science Advisory Group. Since 1996, has been Director of the Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory at Stanford. He was a resident fellow at Robinson House (Stanford's environment theme house) and was a 1989 recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator award. Prior to coming to Stanford, he spent three years in Perth, Australia as a research fellow at the University of Western Australia. A Bay Area native, Professor Monismith received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
Phone: (650) 723-4764