Welcome to the Cowles Lab

Welcome to the homepage of the Cowles Computational Modeling Lab (CMLab) at the School for Marine Sciences and Technology at UMass Dartmouth. The SMAST CMLab focuses on the development of computational methods with application to problems in marine science. Efforts range from code parallelization to fisheries applications such as a study of the dispersal of larvae in the coastal ocean to optimization problems in hydrofoil design. Our group develops and contributes to a number of open source projects. Use the tabs above to get more information about research projects and codes. Movie content describing our work is available online on our youtube channel .

We are part of the School for Marine Science and Technology at UMass Dartmouth. Our marine campus is located on the shores of Buzzards Bay. Our lab is engaged in partnerships with researchers from Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, UMass Amherst, and Rutgers University. We have access to high performance computing at the Mass Green High Performance Computing Center as well as several clusters on our campus. We are proud members of the Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Research, a group of faculty, staff, and students at UMass Dartmouth dedicated to computationally-driven research.

We are always looking for passionate MS and PhD students to join the group (more info)

We are grateful for funding from the National Science Foundation, NOAA through the Saltonstall-Kennedy program, the Department of Energy, MIT Sea Grant, the Office of Naval Research, and Woods Hole Sea Grant.

Recent News

30. Sep 2019

Our work on halibut geolocation, a joint effort of SMAST, the Nature Conservancy, and Maine Department of Marine Resources led by Ph.D. student Chang Liu with support from NOAA was published by ICES Journal of Marine Science this summer and selected as an Editor's Choice article. Synopsis, images, and open access article are available on the ICES JMS website


17. May 2019

Congrats to CMLAB member Flynn Casey on successful defense of his M.S. thesis- Modeling the impact of climate change on American lobster, Homarus americanus, larval connectivity in southern New England. His work contained both field sampling and individual based modeling components and looks at the larval component of the southern New England lobster fishery.


13. May 2019

Chang is now officially Dr. Liu and is off to a postdoctoral position at University of Connecticut. Congratulations to him and the fellow graduates on all their hard work.


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