Margaux Filippi

Margaux earned her Bachelor of Science in Oceanography and in Pure Mathematics (dual major), at Hawai’i Pacific University, Hawai’i, in May 2012.

Her current research falls under the area of ocean surface dynamics, and, particularly, the organization of transport in complex fluid flows characteristic of the ocean.

To look at the ocean surface dynamics, we seek to identifying the key structures that organize flow transport, using the developing field of Lagrangian Coherent Structures (LCS). These structures can be thought of as the underlying skeleton of the flow and can act as barriers to transport in between different water masses. We are applying this approach to coral reefs and coastal areas, using basic numerical analysis, laboratory experiments and field work. Our research mostly consists of monitoring ocean surface data, carrying experiments at sea and comparing our observations to our numerical models.