Dr. Scott A. Socolofsky

Dr. Scott A. Socolofsky,
Associate Professor and Zachry Development Professor II





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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) coastal wetlands. See the Research pages for more details.


Environmental Fluid Mechanics, multiphase flow, direct ocean carbon sequestration, reservoir management, stratified fluids, shallow flow stability, shallow starting jet vortices, tidal inlet mixing, wetland hydrodynamics, aquatic vegetation.


Work related to the Deepwater Horizon (see also Announcements below) is summarized in the linked AGU Ocean Sciences Poster and Plume Animation.


My teaching activities are focused on fluid mechanics and numerical methods. See the Teaching pages for more details.

This semester I will be teaching

Office hours are available on my Meeting Schedule.


A significant portion of Dr. Socolofsky's research funding over the last few years has been from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), through the Gulf Integrated Spill Research (GISR) and 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.

A fun event occurred during his most resent research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico on the E/V Nautilus, when a sperm whale visited the remotely operated vehicle operated from the Naulilus during sampling. This encounter can be viewed on YouTube.

Dr. Socolofsky has been appointed as the Associate Director of the Offshore Technology Research Center (OTRC). He will also be promoted to the rank of Professor, starting September 1, 2015.