Ph.D. Stanford University, Civil and Environmental Engineering 2004M.S. Stanford University, Civil and Environmental Engineering 1998B.S. Cornell University, Civil and Environmental Engineering 1997

Reidenbach's 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. His research also investigates coastal resilience and exploring 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.



  • NSF Career Award
  • NSF All University Teaching Award
  • National Pritchard Award (Coastal and Estuarine Research)

In the News

Selected Publications

  • Turbulent mixing and fluid transport within Florida Bay seagrass meadows ABS JCR Hansen, MA Reidenbach Advances in Water Resources 108, 205-215
  • The energetic cost of filtration by demosponges and their behavioural response to ambient currents ABS DA Ludeman, MA Reidenbach, SP Leys Journal of Experimental Biology 220 (6), 995-1007
  • The effects of an algal biofilm on the turbulent boundary layer at high Reynolds number ABS E Murphy, J Barros, M Schultz, K Flack, C Steppe, M Reidenbach APS Meeting Abstracts