Recent Dissertations and Theses


Observing Microbial Processes at the Microscale with In Situ Technology

Bennett Lambert, Ph.D., 2019
Roman Stocker, Advisor

Perception-Driven Optimal Motion Planning Under Resource Constraints

Thomas Sayre-McCord, Ph.D., 2019
Sertac Karaman, Advisor


Statistical Models and Decision Making for Robotic Scientific Information Gathering

Genevieve Flasphohler, S.M., 2018
Yogesh Girdhar, Advisor

Demonstration of Passive Acoustic Detection and Tracking of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

Kristen Railey, S.M., 2018
Henrik Schmidt, Advisor

Measurements and Dynamics of Multiple Scale Bedforms in Tidally Energetic Environments

Katie Jones, S.M., 2018
Peter Traykovski, Advisor


MEMS IMU Navigation with Model Based Dead-Reckoning and One-Way-Travel-Time Acoustic Range Measurements for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

James Kepper, S.M., 2017
James Kinsey, Advisor

Field Observations and Numerical Model Simulations of a Migrating Inlet System

Julia Hopkins, Ph.D., 2017
Steve Elgar, Advisor

Multi-Modal and Inertial Sensor Solution to Navigation-Type Factor Graphs

Dehann Fourie, Ph.D., 2017
John Leonard, Advisor

Low Frequency Active Sonar Performance in the Arctic Beaufort Lens

Scott Carper, S.M., 2017
Henrik Schmidt, Advisor

Wave-, Wind-, and Tide-Driven Circulation at a Coastal Ocean Inlet

Anna Wargula, Ph.D., 2017
Britt Raubenheimer, Advisor

Extraction of Uranium from Seawater: Design and Testing of a Symbiotic System

Maha Haji, Ph.D., 2017
Alexander Slocum, Advisor


Graphical Model Driven Methods in Adaptive System Identification

Atulya Yellepeddi, Ph.D., 2016
James Preisig, Advisor


Distributed Autonomy and Formation Control of a Drifting Swarm of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

Nicholas Rypkema, S.M., 2015
Henrik Schmidt, Advisor

Navigation and Manipulation for Autonomous Underwater Dismantling of Offshore Structures

Christian Welch, S.M., 2015
Franz Hover, Advisor

Hydrodynamics of a Multiple Tidal Inlet System: Katama Bay, Martha's Vineyard, MA

Mara Orescanin, Ph.D., 2015
Steve Elgar, Advisor

Real Time Bottom Reverberation Simulation in Deep and Shallow Ocean Environments

Thomas Miller, S.M., 2015
Henrik Schimdt, Advisor

Physical Control of the Distributions of a Key Arctic Copepod in the Northeast Chukchi Sea

Stephen Elliott, S.M., 2015
Carin Ashjian, Advisor

Characterization of Underwater Target Geometry from Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Sampling of Bistatic Acoustic Scattered Fields

Erin Fischell, Ph.D., 2015
Henrik Schmidt, Advisor

Quantification of the Spatial and Temporal Evolution of Stratified Shear Instabilities at High Reynolds Number Using Quantitative Acoustic Scattering Techniques

Jonathan Randall Fincke, S.M., 2015
Andone Lavery, Co-advisor
Rocky Geyer, Co-advisor

Scattering of the Low-Mode Internal Tide at the Line Islands Ridge

Maha Haji, S.M., 2015
Thomas Peacock, Advisor

Controller Design for Underwater Vehicle Systems with Communication Constraints

Brooks L. Reed, Ph.D., 2015
Franz Hover, Advisor

Autonomous & Adaptive Oceanographic Feature Tracking On Board Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

Stephanie Marie Petillo, Ph.D., 2015
Henrik Schmidt, Advisor

Passive Wake Detection Using Seal Whisker-Inspired Sensing

Heather Rachel Beem, Ph.D., 2015
Michael Triantafyllou, Advisor


The Development and Application of Random Matrix Theory in Adaptive Signal Processing in the Sample Deficient Regime

Milutin Pajovic, Ph.D., 2014
James Preisig, Advisor

Evaluation of Vector Sensors for Adaptive Equalization in Underwater Acoustic Communication

Matthew Lewis, S.M., 2014
James Preisig, Advisor

Coastal Ocean Variability off the Coast of Taiwan in Response to Typhoon Morakot: River Forcing, Atmospheric Forcing, and Cold Dome Dynamics

Jennifer Landry, S.M., 2014
Pierre Lermusiaux, Advisor

A Computational Approach to the Quantification of Animal Camouflage

Derya Akkaynak, Ph.D., 2014
Ruth Rosenholtz, Advisor

Toward Autonomous Underwater Mapping in Partially Structured 3D Environments

Mark VanMiddlesworth, S.M., 2014
John Leonard, Advisor


Interannual Variability of the Pacific Water Boundary Current in the Beaufort Sea

Eric Brugler, S.M., 2013
Robert Pickart, Advisor

Computational Strategies for Understanding Underwater Optical Image Datasets

Jeffrey Kaeli, Ph.D., 2013
Hanumant Singh, Advisor

Toward Lifelong Visual Localization and Mapping

Hordur Johannsson, Ph.D., 2013
John Leonard, Advisor

Advances in Integrating Autonomy with Acoustic Communications for Intelligent Networks of Marine Robots

Toby Schneider, Ph.D., 2013
Henrick Schmidt, Advisor

Broadband and Statistical Characterization of Echoes from Random Scatterers: Application to Acoustic Scattering by Marine Organisms

Wu-Jung Lee, Ph.D., 2013
Timothy Stanton, Adone Lavery, & Peter Tyack, Advisors

Uncertainty Quantification in Ocean State Estimation

Alexander Kalmikov, Ph.D., 2013
Patrick Heimbach, Advisor


Measuring Surface Ocean Wave Height and Directional Spectra Using an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler from an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Scott Haven, S.M., 2012
Eugene Terray, Advisor

Robust Acoustic Signal Detection and Synchronization in a Time Varying Ocean Environment

Ryan Gieleghem, S.M., 2012
James Preisig, Advisor

Non-Rayleigh Scattering by a Randomly Oriented Elongated Scatterer

Saurav Bhatia, S.M., 2012
Timothy Stanton, Advisor

Stratification on the Skagit Bay Tidal Flats

Vera Pavel, Ph.D., 2012
Britt Raubenheimer, Advisor

Direct-Form Adaptive Equalization for Underwater Acoustic Communication

Atulya Yellepeddi, S.M., 2012
James Preisig, Advisor

Rapid Extraction of Dissolved Inorganic Carbon from Seawater and Groundwater Samples for Radiocarbon Dating

Kalina Gospodinova, S.M., 2012
Ann McNichol, Advisor

Progressively Communicating Rich Telemetry from Autonomous Underwater Vehicles via Relays

Christopher Murphy, Ph.D., 2012
Hanumant Singh, Advisor

Contributions to Automated Realtime Underwater Navigation

Michael Jordan Stanway, Ph.D., 2012
Dana Yoerger, Advisor

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Navigation and Mapping in Dynamic, Unstructured Environments

Clayton Kunz, Ph.D., 2012
Hanumant Singh, Advisor


Multiple-Vehicle Resource-Constrained Navigation in the Deep Ocean

Brooks Reed, S.M., 2011
Franz Hover & Dana Yoerger, Advisors

Field Measurements of a Swell Band, Shore Normal, Flux Divergence Reversal

Shmuel Link, S.M., 2011
Peter Traykovski & John Trowbridge, Advisors

Field Deployable Dynamic Lighting System for Turbid Water Imaging

Geoffrey Gorman, S.M., 2011
Hanumant Singh, Advisor

Three-Dimensional Acoustic Propagation Through Shallow Water Internal, Surface Gravity and Bottom Sediment Waves

Alexey Shmelev, Ph.D., 2011
James Lynch, Advisor

Computational Imaging and Automated Identification for Aqueous Environments

Nicholas Loomis, Ph.D., 2011
Cabell Davis, Advisor

K-distribution Fading Models for Bayesian Estimation of an Underwater Acoustic Channel

Alison Laferriere, S.M., 2011
James Preisig, Advisor

Performance Analysis for Lateral-Line-Inspired Sensor Arrays

Vicente Fernandez, Ph.D., 2011
Michael Triantafyllou, Advisor

Understanding and Utilizing Waveguide Invariant Range-Frequency Striations in Ocean Acoustic Waveguides

Kevin Cockrell, Ph.D., 2011
Henrik Schmidt, Advisor

Analysis of and Techniques for Adaptive Equalization for Underwater Acoustic Communication

Ballard Blair, Ph.D., 2011
James Preisig, Advisor


Modeling Wind Forcing in Phase Resolving Simulation of Nonlinear Wind Waves

Alex Kalmikov, S.M., 2010
Dick K.P. Yue, Advisor

A Study of Ocean Wave Statistical Properties Using Nonlinear, Directional, Phase-Resolved Ocean Wave-Field Simulations

Legena Henry, S.M., 2010
Dick K.P. Yue, Advisor


Environmental Analysis and Prediction of Transmission Loss in the Region of the New England Shelfbreak

Heather R. Hornick, S.M., 2009
James Lynch, Advisor

Physically Constrained Maximum Likelihood (PCML) Mode Filtering and Its Application as a Pre-Processing Method for Underwater Acoustic Communication

Joseph C. Papp, S.M., 2009
James Preisig, Advisor

Internal Tide Generation by Tall Ocean Ridges

Paula Echeverri Mondragón, Ph.D., 2009
Thomas Peacock, Advisor

Modeling and Frequency Tracking of Marine Mammal Whistle Calls

Jared Severson, S.M, 2009
James Preisig, Advisor

Detection, Classification and Localization of Underwater Mines Using a Virtual Time Reversal Mirror

Alexis Dumortier, S.M., 2009
Henrik Schmidt, Advisor

Variable Buoyancy System Metric

Harold Jensen, S.M., 2009
Dana Yoerger, Advisor

Sound Propagation around Underwater Seamounts

Joseph J. Sikora III, Ph.D., 2009
Arthur Baggeroer, Advisor

CFD Study of Hydrodynamic Signal Perception by Fish Using the Lateral Line System

Mark Rapo, Ph.D., 2009
Houshou Jiang, Advisor

Cooperative Navigation for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

Alexander Bahr, Ph.D., 2009
John Leonard, Advisor

Forward Sound Propagation around Seamounts: Application of Acoustic Models to the Kermit-Roosevelt and Elvis Seamounts

Hyun Joe Kim, Ph.D., 2009
Arthur Baggeroer, Advisor

A Parallel Hypothesis Method of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Navigation

Cara LaPointe, Ph.D., 2009
Dana Yoerger, Advisor


Acoustic Scattering from Sand Dollars (Dendraster excentricus): Modeling as High Aspect Ratio Oblate Objects and Comparison to Experiment
Gregory Dietzen, S.M., 2008
Timothy Stanton, Andone Lavery, Advisors

Lossy Compression and Real-Time Geovisualization for Ultra-Low Bandwith Telemetry from Untethered Underwater Vehicles
Christopher Murphy, S.M., 2008
Haunmant Singh, Advisor

Landmine Detection with Standoff Acoustic/Laser Technique
John Doherty, S.M., 2008
Robert Haupt, Advisor

Sparse Bayesian Informtaion Filters for Localization and Mapping
Matthew Walter, Ph.D., 2008
John Leonard, Advisor

Biomimetic Oscillating Foil Propulsion to Enhance Underwater Vehicle Agility and Maneuverability
Stephen Licht, Ph.D., 2008
Michael Triantafyllou, Advisor


Vortex Induced Vibrations of Cylinders: Experiments in Reducing Drag Force and Amplitude of Motion

David E. Farrell, S.M., 2007
Mike Triantafyllou, Franz Hover, Advisors

Target Tracking Onboard an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle: Determining Optimal Towed Array Heading in an Anisotropic Noise Field

Maria Parra-Orlandoni, S.M., 2007
Henrik Schmidt, Advisor

Stochastic Mapping for Chemical Plume Source Localization with Application to Autonomous Hydrothermal Vent Discovery

Michael V. Jakuba, Ph.D., 2007
Dana Yoerger, Advisor

Applied Stochastic Eigen-Analysis

Rajesh Rao Nadakuditi, Ph.D., 2007
Alan Edelman, Advisor

Geoacoustic Inversion by Mode Amplitude Perturbation

Travis L. Poole, Ph.D., 2007
George Frisk, James Lynch, Advisors

Design Considerations for Engineering Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

Vikrant P. Shah, S.M., 2007
Hanumant Singh, Henrik Schmidt, Advisors

Three-Dimensional Propagation and Scattering around a Conical Seamount

Wenyu Luo, Ph.D., 2007
Henrik Schmidt, Advisor

Effects of Internal Waves on Low Frequency, Long Range Acoustic Propogation in the Deep Ocean

Jinshan Xu, Ph.D., 2007
Tim Duda, John Colosi, Advisors

Laboratory Evaluation of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) as a new in situ Chemical Sensing Technique for the Deep Ocean

Anna P.M. Michel, Ph.D., 2007
Alan Chave, Advisor

Setup in the Surfzone

Alex Apotsos, Ph.D., 2007
Britt Raubenheimer, Advisor

A Computational Tool for the Rapid Design and Prototyping of Propellers for Underwater Vehicles

Kathryn D'Epagnier, S.M., 2007
Richard Kimball, Advisor


Adaptive Sampling in Autonomous Marine Sensor Networks

Donald P. Eickstedt, Ph.D., 2006
Henrik Schmidt, Advisor

Quantifying Hurricane Wind Speed with Undersea Sound

Joshua Wilson, Ph.D., 2006
Nick Makris, Advisor

Seafloor Ripples Created by Waves from Hurrican Ivan on the West Florida Shelf

Colleen M. Bowers, S.M., 2006
Peter Traykovski, Advisor

The Feasibility of SODAR Wind Profile Measurements from an Oceanographic Buoy

Allison M. Berg, S.M., 2006
Gene Terray, Advisor

Estimation and Tracking of Rapidly Time-Varying Broadband Acoustic Communication Channels

Weichang Li, Ph.D., 2006
James Preisig, Advisor

Application of Statistical Learning Theory to Plankton Image Analysis

Qiao Hu, Ph.D., 2006
Cabell Davis, Hanu Singh, Advisors

Emulating the Fast-Start Swimming Performance of the Chain Pickerel (Esox niger) Using a Mechanical Fish Design

Matthew N. Watts, S.M., 2006
Michael Triantafyllou, Advisor

Acoustic Scattering of Broadband Echolocation Signals from Prey of Blainville's Beaked Whales: Modeling and Analysis

Benjamin A. Jones, SM, 2006
Timothy Stanton, Andone Lavery, Advisors


Self Consistent Bathymetric Mapping from Robotic Vehicles in the Deep Ocean

Christopher N. Roman, Ph.D., 2005
Hanu Singh, Advisor

Verification of Numerical Models for Hydrothermal Plume Water through Field Measurements at TAG

I. Sacha Wichers, S.M.,2005
Hanu Singh, Robert Reves-Sohn, Advisors

Numerical and Experimental Analysis of Initial Water Impact of an Air-Dropped REMUS AUV

Stephen M. Roe, S.M., 2005
John Trowbridge, Advisor

A Three-Dimensional Coupled Mode Solution for Range-Dependent Waveguides

Wenyu Luo, Ph.D.,2005
Henrick Schmidt, Advisor

Sound Propogation Around Underwater Seamounts

Joseph J. Sikora III, S.M.,2005
Arthur Baggeroer, Advisor

Single Transponder Range Only Navigation Geometry (STRONG) Applied to REMUS Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

Jasper Carl Hartsfield, S.M., 2005
Arthur Baggeroer, Chris vonAlt, Advisors

Analysis of 2-Axis Pencil Beam Sonar Microbathymetric Measurements of Mine Burial at the Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory

Brendan R. Gotowka, S.M., 2005
Peter Traykovski, Advisor

Advances in the Visualization and Analysis of Boundary Layer Flow in the Swimming Fish

Erik Anderson, Ph.D., 2005
Mark Grosenbaugh, Wade McGillis, Advisors

Inversion for Subbottom Sound Velocity Profiles in the Deep and Shallow Ocean

Luiz L. Souza, Ph.D., 2005
George Frisk, Advisor

Blooms of the Toxic Dinoflagellate Alexandrium fundyense in the Gulf of Maine: Investigations using a Physical-Biological Model

Charles A. Stock, Ph.D., 2005
Dennis McGillicuddy, Advisor

Large-Area Visually Augmented Navigation for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

Ryan M. Eustice, Ph.D., 2005
Hanu Singh, John Leonard, Advisors


Investigations of Scalar Transfer Coefficients in Fog During the Coupled Boundary Layers and Air Sea Tranfer Experiment: A Case Study

Robert Crofoot, S.M., 2004
James Edson, Advisor

Performance Analysis of Subperture Processing Using a Large Aperture Planar Towed Array

Jennifer Watson, Ph.D., 2004
Arthur Baggeroer, Advisor

Large Scale Structure from Motion for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Surveys

Oscar Pizarro, Ph.D., 2004
Hanumant Singh, Advisor


Large Area Underwater Mosaicing for Scientific Applications

Oscar Pizarro, S.M.,2003
Hanumant Singh, Advisor

A Physically Constrained Maximum Likelihood Method for Snapshot Deficient Adaptive Array Processing

Andrea L. Kraay, Eng., 2003
Arthur Baggeroer, Advisor

Modeling and Control of an Underwater Vehicle with Combined Foil/Thruster Actuators

Michael V. Jakuba, S.M.,2003
Dana Yoerger, Advisor

Mixing Processes and Hydraulic Control in a Highly Stratified Estuary

Daniel MacDonald, Ph.D., 2003
W. Rockwell Geyer, Advisor

A Distributed Approach to Underwater Acoustic Communications

Christopher Bohner, S.M., 2003
Arthur Baggeroer, Advisor


A Channel Subspace Filtering Approach to Adaptive Equalization

Rajesh Nadakuditi, S.M., 2002
James Preisig, Advisor

Horizontal Linear Array Sensor Localization and Preliminary Coherence Measurements from the 2001 ASIAEX South China Sea Experiment

Theodore Schroeder, S.M., 2002
James Lynch, Advisor

Acoustic Scattering by Axisymmetric Finite-length Bodies with Application to Fish: Measurement and Modeling

D. Benjamin Reeder, Ph.D., 2002
Timothy Stanton, Advisor

Enhancement of Fine Particle Deposition to Permeable Sediments

J. Stephen Fries, Ph.D., 2002
John Trowbridge, Advisor

Geoacoustic Inversion in Laterally Varying Shallow-Water Environments Using High-Resolution Wavenumber Estimation

Kyle Becker, Ph.D., 2002
George Frisk, Advisor