Our group has been working on physical problems in fluid dynamics that are related to biology and geophysics. In particular, we study the flapping of flags in the wind (this problem is closely related to the swimming of fish), the thrust generation and the flapping locomotion of birds and fish and their group locomotion. We also study thermal convection in the geophysical context: the heat-transporting mechanisms involved and the coupling between continents and the convective mantle, etc.

Our research activities aim to understand the intriguing dynamics of these complex systems through archetype, table-top experiments. Our research efforts have involved not only graduate students and post-docs, we often invite talented undergraduate students and even high school students to the lab and expose them to active research programs.

Our research activities have been supported by the Department of Energy and by the National Science Foundation.


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new york university
department of physics
applied math laboratory
applied math lab (aml) talk
the courant institute at nyu

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