Senior Scientist, Physical Oceanography
- Ph.D., Joint Program in Oceanography, Physical Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1999
- B.S., Physics, University of Rhode Island, 1994
Louis St. Laurent is a Senior Scientist and a graduate of the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography. His research is concerned with small-scale physical processes occurring within the interior of the ocean. These processes include waves, turbulence, diffusion, and convection. All are involved in ocean mixing. Studies are specifically aimed at understanding the influence of these small-scale physical phenomena on the larger-scale ocean circulation. These studies generally focus on energy exchanges between different classes of fluid motion. This includes the transfer of tidal energy that occurs when large-scale tidal flows interact with the topography of the sea-floor to produce waves. These investigations are based on the analysis of oceanographic data, including direct measurements of turbulence made during sea-going field programs.