Tracy Mandel

Tracy Mandel

Assistant Professor
Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
Phone: (603) 862-0111
Office: Mechanical Engineering, Chase Ocean Engineering Lab Rm 121C, Durham, NH 03824
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Prof. Tracy Mandel joined the Mechanical and Ocean Engineering faculty at UNH in January 2020. Prior to joining the faculty at UNH, she received her M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in the Bob and Norma Street Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, and was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Merced.

Prof. Mandel's research explores several problems in environmental fluid mechanics, focusing on turbulent flow at ocean margins. This includes topics from coastal flow through seagrass meadows and salt marshes to the surfacing dynamics of meltwater plumes discharged from marine-terminating glaciers. Her research is primarily experimental and observational, making use of the lab facilities in the Chase Ocean Engineering Lab at UNH and beautiful field sites in the New Hampshire Seacoast.

Courses Taught

  • IAM 550: Intro to Engineering Computing
  • ME 999: Doctoral Research
  • OE 753: Ocean Hydrodynamics
  • OE 753/853: Ocean Hydrodynamics
  • OE 757/857: Coastal Engineering&Processes
  • OE 797: Honors Seminar
  • OE 853: Ocean Hydrodynamics
  • OE 892: Master's Project
  • OE 999: Doctoral Research


  • Ph.D., Stanford University
  • M.S., Stanford University
  • B.S., Cornell University

Research Interests

  • Coastal & Ocean Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics

Selected Publications

  • Bheeroo, V., & Mandel, T. L. (2023). Comparison of schlieren-based techniques for measurements of a turbulent and wavy free surface. Experiments in Fluids, 64(6). doi:10.1007/s00348-023-03652-5

  • Saeed, Z., Weidner, E., Johnson, B. A., & Mandel, T. L. (2022). Buoyancy-modified entrainment in plumes: Theoretical predictions. PHYSICS OF FLUIDS, 34(1). doi:10.1063/5.0065265

  • Chung, H., Mandel, T., Zarama, F., & Koseff, J. R. (2021). Local and Nonlocal Impacts of Gaps on Submerged Canopy Flow. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, 57(2). doi:10.1029/2019WR026915

  • Mandel, T. L., Zhou, D. Z., Waldrop, L., Theillard, M., Kleckner, D., & Khatri, S. (2020). Retention of rising droplets in density stratification. PHYSICAL REVIEW FLUIDS, 5(12). doi:10.1103/PhysRevFluids.5.124803

  • Mandel, T. L., Gakhar, S., Chung, H., Rosenzweig, I., & Koseff, J. R. (2019). On the surface expression of a canopy-generated shear instability. JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, 867, 633-660. doi:10.1017/jfm.2019.170

  • Mandel, T. L., Rosenzweig, I., Chung, H., Ouellette, N. T., & Koseff, J. R. (2017). Characterizing free-surface expressions of flow instabilities by tracking submerged features. EXPERIMENTS IN FLUIDS, 58(11). doi:10.1007/s00348-017-2435-6

  • Most Cited Publications