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David Fugate

David FugateAssociate Professor of Marine Science
Phone: (239) 590-7136
E-Mail: dfugate@fgcu.edu
Office: Whitaker 115

David Fugate joined the Marine Science faculty at Florida Gulf Coast University in the Spring of 2006.  His fields of interest in sediment transport and hydrodynamics in estuaries spans physical, morphological and ecological aspects of the environment. After completing his doctoral degree at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in 2002, a study of particle aggregation dynamics, he continued as a postdoctoral researcher estimating residence time in a shallow coastal lagoon using a 2D QUODDY type numerical model coupled with a particle tracking model. Subsequently, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. There he examined near bottom stresses in the Navesink River, NJ, settling velocities of storm water overflow in Flushing Bay, NY, and the transport of contaminated sediment in the Passaic River, NJ. His work also involved the development of a numerical bedload model of juvenile bivalves that incorporated data from laboratory and field experiments. His current research includes analyzing the dynamics of the turbidity maximum in the Calooshatchee River, FL, and the relative importance of freshwater discharge and tidal energy to vertical mixing and hypoxia in the river. Other research interests include the hydrodynamics and associated sediment transport during the inverse estuarine conditions that frequently occur in South Florida, and the effects of bivalves on water flow around oyster reefs and above clam beds.  Dr. Fugate teaches classes in physical oceanography, sediment transport, general oceanography and scientific processes.

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