Areas of Expertise
How water movement affects the fate and transport of pollutants and natural substances, interaction between fluid motion and chemical and biological processes.
Prof. Stolzenbach’s research focuses on coastal water quality issues. Shipboard, satellite and fixed mooring measurements in the Southern California Bight and Santa Monica Bay are integrated with high-resolution, three-dimensional numerical model simulations to better understand coastal circulation patterns and the dynamics of coastal plankton populations. Fundamental studies of fine particle behavior in porous aggregates and deposited sediments contribute to the understanding of the fate of particle-associated contaminants. Measurement and modeling of atmospheric deposition quantifies the effect of this non-point source on urban runoff water quality.