Lauren Ross

Associate Faculty, Advanced Structures and Composites Center
Collaborating Faculty, School of Marine Sciences

Courses Taught:

  • CIE 350 Hydraulics
  • CIE 551 Water Wave Mechanics
  • CIE 554 Natural System Hydrodynamics
  • CIE 555 Computational Methods in Water Resource Engineering
  • CIE 598 Analytical Modeling of Estuaries

Research Interests:

  • Coastal engineering
  • Estuarine and fjord hydrodynamics
  • Tides and waves
  • Analytical and numerical modeling of geophysical flows
  • Marine renewable energy

Research Projects:



  • Ph.D., Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering, University of Florida
  • M.S., Applied Mathematics, San Diego State University
  • B.S., Mathematics, University of North Florida


Lauren is an associate professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department. Her research area is in Coastal Engineering focusing on coastal and estuarine physical oceanography and stakeholder-driven research. It involves studying tides, waves, intra-tidal and subtidal circulation, and material transport in the coastal environment as well working on marine renewable energy, coastal hazards such as sea level rise and storm surge, understanding how climate and anthropogenic change is altering coasts and estuaries, and modeling estuarine water quality to aid coastal managers and policy makers. She leads a team of graduate students, researchers, and technicians to produce solutions-focused results for coastal communities and stakeholders. She is taking an active leadership role in developing new initiatives for the Mitchell Center including expanding networking opportunities among researchers and stakeholders.

Selected Publications:

Ross, L., Alahmed, S.*, Smith, S.M.C., Roberts, G.*, (accepted). Tidal and subtidal transport in short, tidally-driven estuaries with low rates of freshwater input. Continental Shelf Research.

Ross, L., Sottolichio, A., Huybrechts, N., Brunet, P., (2021). Tidal turbines in the estuarine environment: from indentifying optimal location to environmental impact. Renewable Energy, (2021), doi:10.1016/j.renene.2021.01.039.

Cammen, K., Marafino, G., Burton, S., Dow, J., Dullaert, E., Jorge, M., Macolini, K.*, McGarry, L., Tremblay, C., Jansujwicz, J., Johnson, T., Ross, L., Zydlewski, G. (2021). Interdisciplinary research collaborative trains students to see through turbulent systems, Ocean Education, (2021), doi:10.5670/oceanog.2021.102.

Alahmed, S.*, Lauren Ross, Aldo Sottolichio, The role of advection and density gradients in driving the residual circulation along a macrotidal and convergent estuary with non-idealized geometry. Continental Shelf Research, (2020), 212, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2020.104295.

Bailey, T.*, Lauren Ross, Mary Bryant, Duncan Bryant, Predicting wind wave suppression on irregular long waves. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, (2020), 8(8), doi:10.3390/jmse8080619.

Bitencourt, L.P., Elisa Fernandes, Osmar Moller Jr., Lauren Ross, The contribution of ENSO cycles to the salinity spatio-temporal variability in a bar-built microtidal estuary. Regional Studies in Marine Science, (2020), 40, doi:10.1016/j.rsms.2020.101496.

Ross, L., Ivan Perez-Santos, Brigitte Parady*, Leonardo Castro, Arnoldo Valle-Levinson, Wolfgang Schneider, Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) and water response in a Patagonian Fjord. Water,(2020), 12(1), 248, doi:10.3390/w12010248.

Spicer, P.*, Kimberly Huguenard, Lauren Ross, Laura Ricard, High-frequency tide-surge-river interaction in estuaries: causes and implications for coastal flooding. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, (2019), 124(12), 9517-9530, doi:10.1029/2019JC015466.

Lieberthal, B., Kimberly Huguenard, Lauren Ross, Zhilong Liu, Intratidal variability of water quality in the Damariscotta River, Maine. Water, (2019), 11(12), 2603, doi:10.3390/w11122603.

Ross, L., Aldo Sottolichio, Tanguy Maury, Sandric Lesourd, Antoine Gardel, Intratidal and subtidal circulation in a tropical estuary during wet season: the Maroni, French Guiana. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, (2019), 7(12), 433, doi:10.3390/jmse7120433.

Ross, L., Kimberly Huguenard, Aldo Sottolichio, Intratidal and fortnightly variability of vertical mixing in a macrotidal estuary: the Gironde. Journal of Geophysical Research, (2019), doi:10.1029/2018JC014456.

Lieberthal, B., Kimberly Huguenard, Lauren Ross and Kristopher Bears. The generation of overtides in flow around a headland in a low inflow estuary. Journal of Geophysical Research, (2019),

Perez-Santos, I., Leonardo Castro, Lauren Ross, Edwin Niklitschek, Nicolas Mayorga, Luis Cubillos, Mariano Gutierrez, , Eduardo Escalona, Manuel Castillo, Nicolas Alegria, Giovanni Daneri. Turbulence and hypoxia contribute to dense biological scattering layers in a Patagonian Fjord ystem. Ocean Science,(2018), 14, 1185–1206, doi:10.5194/os-14-1185-2018.

Ross, L., Arnoldo Valle-Levinson, Aldo Sottolichio and Nicolas Huybrechts. Lateral variability of subtidal flow at the mid-reaches of a macro tidal estuary.Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans (2017), 122, 7651–7673, doi:10.1002/2016JC012504.

Ross, L., Huib de Swart, Erik Ensing, Arnoldo Valle-Levinson. Three dimensional analytical model of tidal flow in a fjord-like basin with converging width: An analytical model. Journal of Geophysical Research (2017), 122, 7558–7576, doi:10.1002/2017JC012820.

Ross, L. and Aldo Sottolichio. Subtidal variability of sea level in a macrotidal and convergent estuary, Continental Shelf Research (2016), 131, 28–41,

Chabaud, L., Emmanuelle Ducassou, Elsa Tournadour, Thierry Mulder, John J.G. Reijmer, Gilles Conesa, Jacques Giraudeau, Vincent Hanquiez, Jean Borgomano, Lauren Ross. Sedimentary processes determining the modern carbonate periplatform drift of Little Bahama Bank. Marine Geology, (2016), 378(1), 213–229,

Ross, L., Arnoldo Valle-Levinson, Iván Pérez-Santos, Fabian J. Tapia, Wolfgang Schneider. Baroclinic annular variability of internal motions in a Patagonian Fjord. Journal of Geophysical Research (2015),

Valle-Levinson, A., Kimberly Huguenard, Lauren Ross, Jackie Branyon, Jamie MacMahan, Ad Reniers. Tidal and nontidal exchange at a subtropical inlet: Destin Inlet, Northwest Florida. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science (2015),

Ross, L., Arnoldo Valle-Levinson, Iván Pérez-Santos, Fabian J. Tapia, Wolfgang Schneider. Baroclinic annular variability of internal motions in a Patagonian Fjord. Journal of Geophysical Research (2015),

Ross, L., Iván Pérez-Santos, Arnoldo Valle-Levinson, Wolfgang Schneider, Semidiurnal internal tides in a Patagonian Fjord. Progress in Oceanography (2014),