Dr. True completed his PhD at Georgia Tech studying how marine organisms interact with hydrodynamic and chemical structures. He has studied a diverse set of ecological flow problems using experimental and numerical techniques. He currently studies fluid flow and odor transport in the context of olfactory navigation and brain function. In his free time, Aaron can be found goofing around with his three kids or chasing trout in the mountains.
Dio received his B.S. in Physics and Mathematics at Roanoke College. His research focuses on odor source localization in turbulent flows using arrays of photo-ionization detectors. Localizing odor sources in complex flow environments is a common problem encountered in search and rescue operations, detection of environmental contaminant plumes, and national security. When not in the lab, Dio shreds the gnar all over Colorado and is a certified flight instructor.
Erin received a Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT before joining our group. Erin is using a laser-based approach to quantify odor plume structure in a wind tunnel as part of our olfactory navigation project. Erin is also using complex numerical simulations to investigate the hydrodynamics of oscillating respiratory flows from mammalian noses.
Aaron received her B.A. in Earth and Environmental Sciences at Vanderbilt University before working as a lab manager in the Environmental Fluid Dynamics Lab at the University of California Berkeley. Here at CU she studies the effects of turbulence in initial block motion in natural rivers using numerical and physical experiments.
Melanie received her B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois in 2018. Her research is focused on using numerical simulations to characterize viscous inhalant and exhalant flows for various nose morphologies.
Jai received a Master's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Utah, and worked for an environmental consulting company in California, before joining our group. Jai's research will focus on applying data-driven techniques from machine learning and artificial intelligence to develop agents and autonomous systems that can navigate odor plumes
Colter used planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) to make extremely large-scale, time-resolved measurements of aquatic odor plumes. His data was then used by researchers on the Olfactory Navigation project team to test biologically-inspired odor navigation algorithms.
Dr. Roth used a matched index-of-refraction method with laser-induced fluorescence to quantify the transport and dispersion of chemical plumes in porous media. His research helped to experimentally quantify the efficacy of a groundwater contamination trategy known as engineered injection and extraction.
Dr. Aaron True helped spearhead our laboratory’s move from the Engineering Center to the Sustainability, Energy and Environment Community (SEEC) building in 2016. Aaron studied inhalant flows typical to a variety of benthic invertebrates, using a combination of experimental and numerical approaches. He also developed techniques for studying microscale clustering of phytoplankton in turbulent flows, and designed significant infrastructure for using high-powered lasers to image plume structure in our large...
Maggie developed the acetone-based planar-laser-induced fluorescence system used for imaging odor plumes in turbulent flows in a wind tunnel. She made the first known quantitative measurements of these plumes. Thesis Title: Laboratory investigations of gaseous plume structure using planar laser-induced fluorescence
Kenny performed numerical simulations of chaotic fluid flows to investigate the role of unstable manifolds and Lagrangian Coherent Structures (LCS) on the coalescence of initially distant scalars. He also performed laboratory experiments of clustering of buoyant particles on the free surface of a turbulent flow. Dissertation Title: Coral Fertilization as a Model System for Reactive Stirring and Mixing in Free-surface Turbulent Flows
Dissertation Title: Numerical modeling of chaotic scalar-vortex interactions. Investigations of fundamental turbulent mixing processes with applications to biological phenomena such as broadcast-spawning.