Color photo of David Fredricksson on the shore.

David Fredriksson

Ocean Engineering
Office: Chase Ocean Engineering Lab, 24 Colovos Road Suite 102, Durham, NH 03824

Professor Fredriksson joined the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering and the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in August 2022. He is also the Director of the Center for Sustainable Seafood Systems. Dr. Fredriksson brings over two decades of experience developing ocean engineering methodologies for the farming of finfish, shellfish and macroalgae, with the goal of supporting seafood security for both the United States and abroad. His underlying passion is to grow new sustainable production methods and educational programs that will enhance both local maritime communities and the ocean environment. Professor Fredriksson has been the Principal Investigator for numerous research efforts, with projects most recently funded by the Department of Energy, World Wildlife Fund, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

Courses Taught

  • OE 490: Intro to Ocean Engineering


  • Ph.D., Engineering: System Design, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S., Ocean Engineering, University of New Hampshire
  • B.S., Marine Engineering, Mass Maritime Academy

Selected Publications

  • Knysh, A., Drach, A., Fredriksson, D., Dewhurst, T., & Tsukrov, I. (2022). Methodology for multidimensional approximation of current velocity fields around offshore aquaculture installations. Aquacultural Engineering, 99, 102284. doi:10.1016/j.aquaeng.2022.102284

  • Coleman, S., Dewhurst, T., Fredriksson, D. W., St. Gelais, A. T., Cole, K. L., MacNicoll, M., . . . Brady, D. C. (n.d.). Quantifying baseline costs and cataloging potential optimization strategies for kelp aquaculture carbon dioxide removal. Frontiers in Marine Science, 9. doi:10.3389/fmars.2022.966304

  • Coleman, S., Gelais, A. T. S., Fredriksson, D. W., Dewhurst, T., & Brady, D. C. (n.d.). Identifying Scaling Pathways and Research Priorities for Kelp Aquaculture Nurseries Using a Techno-Economic Modeling Approach. Frontiers in Marine Science, 9. doi:10.3389/fmars.2022.894461

  • Zhu, L., Huguenard, K., Fredriksson, D. W., & Lei, J. (2022). Wave attenuation by flexible vegetation (and suspended kelp) with blade motion: Analytical solutions. Advances in Water Resources, 162, 104148. doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2022.104148

  • St-Gelais, A. T., Fredriksson, D. W., Dewhurst, T., Miller-Hope, Z. S., Costa-Pierce, B. A., & Johndrow, K. (n.d.). Engineering A Low-Cost Kelp Aquaculture System for Community-Scale Seaweed Farming at Nearshore Exposed Sites via User-Focused Design Process. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 6. doi:10.3389/fsufs.2022.848035

  • Patursson, O., Swift, M. R., Tsukrov, I., Simonsen, K., Baldwin, K., Fredriksson, D. W., & Celikkol, B. (2010). Development of a porous media model with application to flow through and around a net panel. OCEAN ENGINEERING, 37(2-3), 314-324. doi:10.1016/j.oceaneng.2009.10.001

  • Swift, M. R., Fredriksson, D. W., Unrein, A., Fullertonc, B., Patursson, O., & Baldwin, K. (2006). Drag force acting on biofouled net panels. AQUACULTURAL ENGINEERING, 35(3), 292-299. doi:10.1016/j.aquaeng.2006.03.002

  • Tsukrov, I., Eroshkin, O., Fredriksson, D., Swift, M. R., & Celikkol, B. (2003). Finite element modeling of net panels using a consistent net element. OCEAN ENGINEERING, 30(2), 251-270. doi:10.1016/S0029-8018(02)00021-5

  • Fredriksson, D. W., Swift, M. R., Irish, J. D., Tsukrov, I., & Celikkol, B. (2003). Fish cage and mooring system dynamics using physical and numerical models with field measurements. AQUACULTURAL ENGINEERING, 27(2), 117-146. doi:10.1016/S0144-8609(02)00043-2

  • Tsukrov, I. I., Ozbay, M., Fredriksson, D. W., Swift, M. R., Baldwin, K., & Celikkol, B. (2000). Open ocean aquaculture engineering: Numerical modeling. MARINE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY JOURNAL, 34(1), 29-40. doi:10.4031/MTSJ.34.1.4

  • Most Cited Publications