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Matthew Abraham Reidenbach

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Environmental Sciences
Office location and address
356 Clark Hall
291 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
PH.D. Stanford University, 2004

My primary area of research is environmental fluid dynamics, with an emphasis on physical-biological interactions in coastal environments. Current research activities include the effects of flow and turbulence on nutrient exchange in coral reefs, sediment transport in estuaries, chemical dispersion in the coastal ocean, and wave dynamics. My research also investigates coastal resilience. I explore how ecosystems such as coral reefs, seagrasses and oyster beds, both alter and respond to wave and storm impacts along coastlines. This has important implications to economic losses and the vulnerability of coastal communities to storms, flooding, and sea level rise.

I also hold a courtesy faculty appointment within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. (Curriculum Vitae)

Collaborative Proposal: Microscale interactions of foundation species with their fluid environment: biological feedbacks alter ecological interactions of mussels
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
February 01, 2021 – January 31, 2024
Building oyster reefs and enhancing saltmarsh habitat to strengthen coastal resilience on Virginia¿s Eastern Shore
Source: The Nature Conservancy
April 30, 2020 – November 30, 2022
AS-ENVS Collaborative Research: NCS-FO: A Computational Neuroscience Framework for Olfactory Scene Analysis within Complex Fluid Environments
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Computer & Info. Sciences
September 01, 2016 – August 31, 2021
CAREER: Quantifying wave-driven mixing and mass transport dynamics within coastal ecosystems
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Geosciences
June 01, 2012 – May 31, 2021
AS-ENVS Interactions between biofilms and boundary layer flows; A research and training proposal
Source: U.S. DOD - Navy - Office Of Naval Research (Onr)
June 01, 2015 – August 30, 2018
AS-ENVS IDR: Olfactory Processing of Flow and Odor Structure within a Turbulent Plume
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
September 01, 2009 – August 31, 2014
AS-ENVS Influence of Climate Change on wave dissipation over coral reefs and subsequent effects on beach morphelogy
Source: Virginia Space Grant Consortium
June 01, 2011 – May 31, 2013
EVSC 3060: Biomechanics of Organisms
Credits: 3
This course explores interactions between biology and the fluid within which terrestrial organisms (air) and aquatic organisms (water) function. Topics covered include locomotion, heat exchange, diffusion and mass exchange, bio-acoustics, and bio-optics in the two different fluids, as well as living at the interface between air and water. Prerequisite: MATH 1190 or MATH 1210 or MATH 1310 or APMA 1090.
EVSC 3600: Physical Hydrology
Credits: 3
Studies the physical principles governing the flow of water on and beneath the earth's surface, including fundamental concepts of fluid dynamics applied to the description of open channel hydraulics, ground water hydraulics, and dynamics of soil moisture. Introduces elements of surface water and ground water hydrology and explores humanity's influence on its hydrological environment. Prerequisite: One semester of calculus.
EVSC 3601: Physical Hydrology Laboratory
Credits: 1
Field and laboratory experimentation illustrative of the hydrological cycle, including energy and mass transfer in surface and ground water. Corequisite: EVSC 3600.
EVSC 4559: New Course in Environmental Science
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of environmental science.
EVSC 4995: Supervised Research
Credits: 1–6
Original research usually involving a field or laboratory problem in the environmental sciences under the direction of one or more faculty members. The results may form the basis of an undergraduate thesis which is required to partially fulfill the Distinguished Majors Program in environmental sciences. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EVSC 4999: Thesis Research
Credits: 3
Provides credit for doing work in pursuit of the undergraduate thesis option for majors in Environmental Science
EVSC 5060: Coastal Oceanography
Credits: 3
An interdisciplinary course covering physical, ecological and biogeochemical processes occurring along coastlines and within coastal ecosystems.
EVSC 5440: Dynamics of Oceans and Estuaries
Credits: 3
Studies the physical properties, processes, and structure of the oceans; mass and energy budgets; methods of measurements; and the nature and theory of ocean currents, waves, and tides in the open sea, near shore and in estuaries. Prerequisite: PHYS 2310, 2320 or equivalent, two semesters calculus, MATH 1310, 1320 recommended, or instructor permission.
EVHY 5559: New Course in Hydrology
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of hydrology.
EVHY 5650: Hydrological Transport Processes
Credits: 4
Studies the physical principles governing the transport of dissolved substances and of sediment and particulate matter in the terrestrial portion of the hydrological cycle. Prerequisite: EVSC 2800 and 3600 or equivalent.
EVSC 7559: New Course in Environmental Science
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of environmental science.
EVHY 7999: Independent Study: Hydrology and Water Resources
Credits: 1–6
Individual or group study in developing or special areas of hydrology and water resource analysis and interrelated areas.
EVSC 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
EVSC 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
EVSC 9995: Research Problems
Credits: 1–12
Individual or group research on interdisciplinary problems in environmental sciences.
EVSC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
EVSC 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.
MAE 9999: Dissertation Research, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Credits: 1–12
Formal documentation of faculty supervision of dissertation research. Each full-time resident doctoral student in mechanical and aerospace engineering is required to register for this course for the number of credits equal to the difference between his or her regular course load (not counting the one-credit MAE 8591 seminar) and 12.