Contact Information

Daniel A. Birch
UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology
706 S. Rodney French Blvd.
New Bedford, Massachusetts 02719

Phone: +1 508-910-6321

Research Interests

My research focuses on the stirring and mixing of conservative and non-conservative tracers in the ocean. Examples of important tracers include temperature, salinity, nutrients, and plankton.


2007 PhD in oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego
2001-2002 Studied biology at the University of New Hampshire
2001 BA in Math and Physics summa cum laude, Brandeis University


  1. Birch, D. A. and Sundermeyer, M. A. Breaking internal wave groups: Mixing and momentum fluxes. Submitted to Physics of Fluids.
  2. Birch, D. A., Young, W. R., and Franks P. J. S. Plankton layer profiles as determined by shearing, sinking, and swimming. Limnology and Oceanography, Volume 54, 2009.
  3. Birch, D. A., Young, W. R., and Franks P. J. S. Thin layers of plankton: formation by shear and death by diffusion. Deep-Sea Research Part 1, Volume 55, 2008.
  4. Birch, D. A., Tsang, Y., and Young, W. R. Bounding biomass in the Fisher equation. Physical Review E, 75, 066304, 2007.
  5. Birch, D. A. and Young, W. R. A master equation for a spatial population model with pair interactions. Theoretical Population Biology, Volume 70, Issue 1, August 2006, Pages 26-42.


  1. University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology
  2. Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  3. Aaron C. Birch
  4. Miles A. Sundermeyer
  5. William R. Young
  6. Peter J. S. Franks