| Brad deYoung |
Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Labrador Sea Vitals
Ocean Frontier Institute
My research focuses on the circulation and wind forced response in the Northwest Atlantic. My interest in shelf problems has led to an exploration of the North Atlantic circulation and its influence upon the shelf. I take an approach involving experimental work at sea, interpreting data and numerical modelling. The opportunity for such ecclecticism is what I like most about oceanography. There is always a new idea to ponder, a new result to explain or a new approach to try. Numerical modelling allows us to integrate several different aspects of the work and leads to applications in ocean ecology.
Within ocean ecology, I study the dispersal of plankton. Small organisms that cannot swim are moved about by ocean currents. Sometimes this could be good, other times not. Planktonic drifters include zooplankton and the eggs and larvae of fish. I have worked on biological models on their own, for example population models, but am most interested in coupling biological models with physical models to simulate the influence of the physical environment on these planktonic organisms.
I am also interested in new technology for sampling the ocean. New ideas in oceanography have usually come from new observations. Spending more time at sea is not always the answer. We need new observational approaches and sensors. Presently I am working on using existing acoustic systems, such as Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs), to provide new data on zooplankton. I am also working on new platforms, such as gliders, to extend our reach into the ocean. You can see a very cute video of our recent work on icebergs here . More recently we did a video cartoon about our work in the Labrador Sea.
There are many different routes into oceanography, from physics, mathematics,
biology, geophysics, engineering and others. My own background is
a PhD from UBC, a few years ago now, but my undergraduate degree is
in chemistry and physics.
There are usually several students, researchers, research associates and
technicians working with me. I am always interested in working with new
people so if this work sounds interesting please contact me.
I have taught quite a few other courses, including P1050, P2054, P2055, P3820, P4205, P4300, P6302, P6310, P6321 and ES6001, but these two are the courses that I will be teaching this year.
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