Current Research Intrests

Environmental Fluid Mechanics Lab

Current Research Interests:

Dr. Webster’s interests are in experimental fluid mechanics, focusing on environmental flows and on the influence of fluid mechanics on biological systems.  His contributions have been in three arenas: 1) illuminating the fluid mechanics processes related to sensory biology and biomechanics; 2) developing advanced experimental techniques and facilities; and 3) translating research results into bio-inspired design. Examples of innovative and creative contributions include turbulent chemical plume tracking by blue crabs, biologically-inspired design of a robotic tracker of turbulent chemical plumes, tomographic (3D) particle image velocimetry of zooplankton propulsion (krill, copepods, pteropods, daphnids), zooplankton aggregations around oceanic thin layer structure, and copepod-turbulence interactions.

Projects include: