Hi!  I’m Jack McSweeney.  I am a coastal physical oceanographer currently working as a postdoc at Oregon State University.   I completed my PhD at Rutgers University, where I studied sediment transport processes in estuarine systems and also did a short postdoc at Scripps Institute of Oceanography studying estuarine-nearshore connectivity.   I love the interdisciplinary nature of oceanography and am interested in problems that address the connectivity of physics, chemistry, and biology within a system.  I’m also curious about the interconnected dynamics linking coastal subregions, such as the inner-shelf, surfzone, and estuaries.


Prepping for a mooring deployment in the Delaware Estuary in July 2010

I am currently studying the shoreward-propagation of non-linear internal waves (NLIWs) on the inner-shelf of central California.  My project is one component of a large, ONR-funded Inner-Shelf project which has involved extensive field campaigns.  More information on the broader project can be found here:  Inner-Shelf Experiment Blog

My dissertation focused on the 3-dimensional circulation and sediment transport in the Delaware Estuary.  Specifically, I studied how sediment transport processes vary spatiotemporally and impact an estuary’s ability to trap sediments from riverine and shelf sources.  I also investigated how sediment dynamics can impact productivity  in light-limited systems, thus  influencing  estuarine biogeochemistry and ecosystem function.