Isabel A. Houghton
Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, Stanford University
Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Stanford University | in progress
Advisor: John O. Dabiri
M.S. Environmental Engineering, Stanford University | 2017
B.A. Atmospheric Science, University of California at Berkeley | 2015
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Bob and Norma Street Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory at Stanford University studying the fluid dynamics of biological propulsion and collective motion in stratified flows. I use laboratory experiments with novel flow visualization and measurement techniques to understand the fluid dynamics within swarms and the potential physical and biogeochemical impacts of collective swimmers on the surrounding water column.
Houghton IA, Koseff JR, Monismith SG, and Dabiri JO (2018) "Vertically migrating swimmers generate aggregation-scale eddies in a stratified column,” Nature 556: 497-500.
Houghton IA, Dabiri JO (2018) "Alleviation of hypoxia by biologically generated mixing," in prep.
Ouillon R, Houghton IA, Dabiri JO, and Meiburg E (2018) "Interactions between active particles and stratified fluids during collective vertical migration," in prep.
Byron ML, Tao Y, Houghton IA, and Variano EA (2018) "Altered settling rates in turbulence for large nonspherical particles," in prep.
Houghton IA, Dabiri JO (2018). Do swimming animals mix the ocean? Stanford Environmental and Water Studies Seminar Series, Stanford, CA
Houghton IA, Dabiri JO (2018). Hydrodynamics of swarms at intermediate Reynolds number. Stanford Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory Seminar, Stanford, CA
Houghton IA, Dabiri JO (2018). Swarm-scale eddies generated by collective swimmers. Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR
Houghton IA, Dabiri JO (2017). Hydrodynamics of collective swimmers in a stable stratification. APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, Denver, CO
Houghton IA, Dabiri JO (2017). Hydrodynamics of intermediate Reynolds number collective swimmers. Stanford Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory Seminar, Stanford, CA
Houghton IA, Dabiri JO (2016). Hydrodynamics of collective swimmers in a stable stratification. APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, Portland, OR
Houghton IA, Dabiri JO (2016). Fluid Transport in a stratified column by controllable plankton migrations. VIIIth International Symposium on Stratified Flows, San Diego, CA
- Financial Officer, Stanford Women in Fluid Dynamics, a group where we aim to
promote intellectual and professional development in the field of fluid dynamics.
- Teaching assistant (Ocean Circulation, Intro to Fluid Mechanics)
- Undergraduate research mentor
- NY Times, "What a Scientist Learned From Studying the ‘Synchronized Swimming of Sea Monkeys' "
- NPR, "Swarms Of Tiny Sea Creatures Are Powerful Enough To Mix Oceans, Study Finds "
- National Geographic, "Strength in Numbers: Tiny Sea Creatures Could Create Big Ocean Currents "
- BBC Radio, "Inside Science "
- Stanford News, "Stanford researchers find that swarms of tiny organisms mix nutrients in ocean waters "
Isabel A. Houghton
ihoughto at stanford dot edu