Patricia (Soupy) Dalyander


Dr. Soupy Dalyander is a research oceanographer at the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center. She received her BS in physics and math from Eckerd College in 1999, her MS in geological oceanography from Oregon State University in 2001, and her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 2008. She specializes in the use of numerical modeling and data analysis to address both research and applied problems related to sediment transport in the coastal environment, including sandy beaches, barrier islands, and the continental shelf. She has experience implementing a broad range of hydrodynamic, wave, sediment transport, and water quality models. She is particularly interested in leveraging understanding of hydrodynamic and sediment transport processes to inform management decisions, and using management problems to guide focus in increasing fundamental understanding. Her recent projects have included informing anthropogenic use and habitat delineation of the continental shelf through numerical modeling of sediment mobility on regional scales; adapting sediment transport formulations in the surf zone for guiding clean-up operations of sand and weathered oil agglomerates; and investigating large scale hydrodynamic patterns driving barrier island response. 

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Areas of Interest

  • Modeling and predicting the impacts of climate change on coastal areas
  • Oil spill fate and transport
  • Sediment transport and exchange between the beach, nearshore, and continental shelf
  • Development and application of coupled coastal modeling systems (atmospheric, wave, circulation, sediment transport, water quality, biological)
  • Improving management relevancy of basic and applied research and developing effective communication strategies to integrate science into policy
  • Impacts and risk assessment of storms and extreme events
  • Collaboration in multi-scale and interdisciplinary observational and numerical modeling projects for understanding coastal and estuarine environment