Dr. Scott A. Socolofsky

Dr. Scott A. Socolofsky,
A.P. and Florence Wiley Professor II




Ph +1-979-845-4517
FAX +1-979-862-8162

Research Interests

My research is in the broad area of Environmental Fluid Mechanics, with emphasis on laboratory experiments and data analysis to elucidate mixing mechanisms by turbulence and coherent structures. Current research projects study turbulent mixing processes in three contexts: (1) multiphase plumes, (2) shallow tidal inlets, and (3) marine natural seeps. See the Research pages and Announcements below for more details.


Environmental Fluid Mechanics, multiphase flow, subsea accidental oil well blowouts, direct ocean carbon sequestration, reservoir aearation, stratified fluids, shallow flow stability, shallow starting jet vortices, tidal inlet mixing, natural seeps.


My teaching activities are focused on fluid mechanics, programming, and numerical methods. See the Teaching pages for more details on the courses I teach.

In the fall semester, 2020, I will be teaching:

I also led a few tutorials on using Python for the faculty in the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering:


Deepwater Horizon Modeling Paper: Dr. Socolofsky and his research team and collaborators have published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on a hindcast model prediction for part of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The paper uses Socolofsky's subsea blowout model, the Texas A&M Oil spill Calculator (TAMOC) and studies the effects of subsea dispersant injection on oil fate in the water column and air quality near the response zone during the oil spill. Media reports related to the paper have been published by the U.S. National Science Foundation and in PNAS Highlights, Oceanus Magazine, Marine Technology News, EOS and the press websites of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, and Texas A&M Engineering, Offshore Engineer, and others.Since 2017, Dr. Socolofsky was recognized by the College of Engineering at Texas A&M with a Research Impact award for this work. This is reported by the College and on the Vice President for Research's web portal. The research team included graduate students and post docs at Texas A&M University and researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The study was funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative and the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Methane Hydrates Research: Dr. Socolofsky was recently funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to study the effects of clathrate hydrate armoring on mass transfer from natural gas bubbles in the deep ocean emitted at natural seep sites. A press release by DOE explains the key elements of the project (see the 4th project listed). This work is closely related to work also funded over the last several years by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)through the Gulf Integrated Spill Research (GISR) consortium and the Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem (C-IMAGE). Through this funding, a new group studying Nearfield Dynamics of Multiphase Plumes has come together, which includes members from academia, industry, and government agencies.

Sperm Whale Siting in the Deep Gulf of Mexico: A fun event occurred during Dr. Socolofsky's most resent research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico on the E/V Nautilus, when a sperm whale visited the remotely operated vehicle controlled from the Nautilus during sampling. This encounter can be viewed on YouTube.

Appointments: Dr. Socolofsky has been appointed holder of the A.P. and Florence Wiley Professorship II. He is also the Associate Director of the Offshore Technology Research Center (OTRC) and has a joint appointment in the Department of Oceanography and Department of Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M University. He is the Division Head for the Environmental, Water Resources, and Coastal Engineering Division in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University.