Prof. John Crimaldi

Department: Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering 

Education: B.S.E. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University (1987); M.S. Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology, Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University (1992, 1998)
Teaching: CVEN5313 Theoretical Fluid Mechanics, CVEN5313 Environmental Fluid Mechanics, CVEN5343 Transport and Dispersion
Research: Experimental and numerical fluid mechanics, physical-biological interactions, transport and reaction of chemicals by complex and turbulent flows, animal navigation in odor plumes                     

Office: SEEC C252

Honors and Distinctions:

  • Associate Editor, Limnology & Oceanography: Methods, 2008-present
  • Affiliated Faculty, Dept. of Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado Boulder, 2010-present
  • Faculty Research Fellow, University of Colorado, 2008-2009
  • CAREER Award: National Science Foundation, Biological Oceanography Program, 2004-2009
  • Young Researcher Award: Department of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering, 2004
  • Charles Hutchinson Teaching Award: College of Engineering, University of Colorado, 2003
  • Department Teaching Award: Civil, Environmental & Environmental Engineering, 2002

Recent Publications:
** denotes work done in collaboration with graduate students
* denotes work done in collaboration with undergraduate students

  • **Connor, EG, McHugh, MK & JP Crimaldi, “Quantification of airborne odor plumes using planar laser-induced fluorescence” Experiments in Fluids 59:137, 2018.
  • Boie SD, **Connor EG, McHugh M, Nagel KI, Ermentrout GB, Crimaldi JP, and J.D. Victor. (2018) Information-theoretic analysis of realistic odor plumes: What cues are useful for determining location? PLoS Computational Biology 14(7): e1006275, 2018.
  • Alvarez-Salvado, E. Licata, A, **Connor, EG, McHugh, MK, King, B, Stavropooulos, N, Crimaldi, JP and KI Nagel,  “Elementary sensory-motor transformation underlying olfactory navigation in walking flies,” eLife 7:e37815, 2018.
  • **True, A.C. and J.P. Crimaldi. Hydrodynamics of Viscous Inhalant Flows. Physical Review E 95, no. 5, 2017.
  • **Pratt, K.R., **True, A. and J.P. Crimaldi. Turbulent Clustering of Initially Well-mixed Buoyant Particles on a Free-surface by Lagrangian Coherent Structures. Physics of Fluids 29, no. 7, 2017.
  • **Shoaei, F. and J.P. Crimaldi. Effect of Instantaneous Stirring Process on Mixing Between Initially Distant Scalars in Turbulent Obstacle Wakes. Experiments in Fluids 58, no. 4, 2017.
  • **Bell, A.F. and J.P. Crimaldi.  Effect of steady and unsteady shear on chemoattractant plume formation around an egg: implications for rates of fertilization for motile sperm.  Journal of Marine Systems 148, 236-248, 2015.
  • **Pratt, K.R., Meiss, J.D. and J.P. Crimaldi.  Reaction Enhancement of Initially Distant Scalars by Lagrangian Coherent Structures.  Physics of Fluids 27, no. 3, 035106, 2015. 
  • **Soltys, M A, and J.P. Crimaldi. Joint Probabilities and Mixing of Isolated Scalars Emitted From Parallel Jets. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 769, 130-153, 2015. 
  • Crimaldi, J.P. and **T.R. Kawakami.  Reaction enhancement in an unsteady obstacle wake: Implications for broadcast spawning and other mixing-limited processes in marine environments.  Journal of Marine Systems 114,130-137, 2015.