Rachel Simons (Homepage)Associate Project Scientist
Earth Research Institute
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3060
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Research interests: Linking physical and biological processes in the coastal ocean
I study the interactions between physical and biological processes in estuaries and the coastal ocean using numerical models. My research focuses on understanding how oceanographic features, such as eddies, upwelling, and fronts, influence patterns of primary productivity, larval dispersal and connectivity, and ecological hot spots. I use biophysical models, three-dimensional circulation models with particle tracking to represent the biological process, along with empirical data to address these interdisciplinary problems.