Michele Guala is interested in the physical mechanisms governing basic and environmental fluid mechanics. His research activities cover a wide range of scales and phenomena – from geophysical flows to vortex dynamics and particle-turbulence interactions – and relate to many different environments, from the Utah desert to Alpine glaciers. As an experimentalist, he plans to develop novel measuring techniques and statistical tools for data analysis for both wind tunnel and field work in the atmospheric surface layer.
Guala’s research at SAFL is on the mutual interactions between the large scales of turbulence, topographic perturbations, sediment transport, and near-surface processes. Practical applications involve stream restoration projects, optimization of hydrokinetic devices, and sustainable energy production with wind turbines.
Guala is currently looking for Ph.D. students. Please contact him if interested.