Alex Horner-Devine
Assistant Professor
Environmental Fluid Mechanics

Alex Horner-Devine

163 Wilcox Hall, Box 352700
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-2700
Phone: (206) 685-3032  •  Fax: (206) 685-9185

Alex Horner-Devine started his career in fluid mechanics as a whitewater kayaking instructor. He then studied fluid mechanics in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. Seeking to return closer to his roots, he entered graduate studies in Environmental Fluid Mechanics at Stanford University, where he completed his MS and PhD degrees. Alex joined the Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty at the University of Washington in Fall 2004.


  • PhD Stanford University, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2003
  • MS Stanford University, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1998
  • BSE Princeton University, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 1995


  • CEE 342 Fluid Mechanics
  • CEE 474 Sediment Transport
  • CEE 570 Hydrodynamics

Research Interests

  • Environmental fluid mechanics
  • Coastal oceanography and geophysical fluid dynamics
  • River plumes
  • Laboratory experiments and field observations

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Yuan, Y. and A.R. Horner-Devine. Laboratory investigation of the impact of lateral spreading on buoyancy flux in a river plume. J. Phys. Oceanogr. In press   .pdf

  • Horner-Devine, A.R. C.C. Chickadel and D.M. MacDonald. Coherent Structures and Mixing at a River Plume Front. Coherent Flow Structures in Geophysical Flows at the Earth's Surface eds. J.G. Venditti, J. Best, M. Church and R.J. Hardy. In press   .pdf

  • Jessup, A.T., C.C. Chickadel, S.A. Talke and A.R. Horner-Devine. COHSTREX: Coherent Structures in Rivers and Estuaries Experiment. Coherent Flow Structures in Geophysical Flows at the Earth's Surface eds. J.G. Venditti, J. Best, M. Church and R.J. Hardy. In press

  • Nowacki, D.J., A.R. Horner-Devine, J.D. Nash, D.A. Jay, 2012. Rapid sediment removal from the Columbia River plume near field. Cont. Shelf Res. 35 pg.16-28.

  • Giddings, S. N., D. A. Fong, S. G. Monismith, C. C. Chickadel, K. A. Edwards, W. J. Plant, B. Wang, O. B. Fringer, A. R. Horner-Devine, and A. T. Jessup, 2012. Frontogenesis and frontal progression of a trapping-generated estuarine convergence front and its influence on Mixing and Stratification. Estuaries Coasts 17 pg., doi:10.1007/s12237-011-9453-z.

  • P. L. D. Roberts, J. V. Steinbuck, J. S. Jaffe, A. R. Horner-Devine, P. J. S. Franks and F. Simonet, 2011. Estimation of in situ, three-dimensional particle distributions from a stereo laser imaging profiler. IEEE J. Oceanic Eng. , 36:4 pg. 586-601 doi: 10.1109/JOE.2011.2165923

  • Chickadel, C. C., S. A. Talke, A. R. Horner-Devine, A. T. Jessup, 2011. Infrared based measurements of velocity, turbulent kinetic energy, and dissipation at the water surface in a tidal river. IEEE Geosci. Remote Sens. Lett. . 8:5 pg. 849-853 doi:10.1109/LGRS.2011.2125942.

  • Yuan, Y, M.E. Avener and A.R. Horner-Devine, 2011. A two-color optical thickness method for determining layer depth in two interacting buoyant plumes. Exp. Fluids . 50:5, pg. 1235-1245, doi: 10.1007/s00348-010-0969-y

  • Kudela, R. M., A. R. Horner-Devine, N. S. Banas, B. M. Hickey, T. D. Peterson, E. J. Lessard, E. Frame, K. W. Bruland, M. Lohan, D. A. Jay, J. Peterson, B. Peterson, M. Kosro, S. Palacios and E. P. Dever, 2010. Multiple trophic levels fueled by recirculation in the Columbia River plume. Geophys. Res. Lett. 37: 7 pg. L18607 doi:10.1029/2010GL044342.

  • Talke, S.A., A.R. Horner-Devine and C.C. Chickadel, 2010. Mixing layer dynamics in periodically stratified flow over an estuarine sill. J. Geophys. Res. , 115: 17 pg, C09004, doi:10.1029/2009JC005467.

  • J.V. Steinbuck, P. Roberts, C.D. Troy, A.R. Horner-Devine, F. Simonet, Uhlman, J.S. Jaffe, S.G. Monismith and P.J.S. Franks, 2010. An Autonomous Open-Ocean Stereoscopic PIV Profiler. J. Atmos. Ocean. Tech. 27:1362-1380. doi:10.1175/2010JTECHO694.1.

  • Hickey, B. M., R. M. Kudela, J. D. Nash, K. W. Bruland, W. T. Peterson, P. MacCready, E. J. Lessard, D. A. Jay, N. S. Banas, A. M. Baptista, E. P. Dever, P. M. Kosro, L. K. Kilcher, A. R. Horner-Devine, E. D. Zaron, R. M. McCabe, J. O. Peterson, P. M. Orton, J. Pan, and M. C. Lohan, 2010. River Influences on Shelf Ecosystems: Introduction and Synthesis. J. Geophys. Res. , 115: 26 pg, C00B17, doi:10.1029/2009JC005452.

  • Plant, W.J., R. Branch, G. Chatham, C.C. Chickadel, K. Hayes, B. Hayworth, A.R. Horner-Devine, D.A. Fong, O.B. Fringer, S. N. Giddings, and B. Wang, 2009 Remotely sensed river surface features compared with modeling and in-situ measurements. J. Geophys. Res. , 114: 13 pg, C11002, doi: 10.1029/2009JC005440.

  • Spahn, E. Y., A. R. Horner-Devine, J. D. Nash, D. A. Jay, and L. K. Kilcher (2009), Particle re-suspension in the Columbia River plume near-field, J. Geophys. Res. , 114, C00B14, doi:10.1029/2008JC004986.   .pdf

  • Chickadel, C.C., A.R. Horner-Devine, S.A. Talke and A.T. Jessup. 2009. Vertical boil propagation from a submerged estuarine sill. Geophys. Res. Lett . 36, L10601, doi:10.1029/2009GL037278   .pdf

  • Horner-Devine, A.R. 2009. The bulge circulation in the Columbia River plume, Cont. Shelf Res. , 29, 234251,   .pdf

  • Horner-Devine, A.R, D. A. Jay, P. M. Orton and E.Y. Spahn. 2009. A conceptual model of the strongly tidal Columbia River plume, Journal of Marine Systems . 78, 460475 doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2008.11.025   .pdf

  • Jay, D.A., J. Pan, P.M. Orton, and A.R. Horner-Devine. 2009. Asymmetry of tidal plume fronts in an eastern boundary current regime. Journal of Marine Systems , 78, 442459   .pdf

  • Curtiss, G.M., P.D. Osborne and A. R. Horner-Devine. 2009. Seasonal patterns of coarse sediment transport on a mixed sand and gravel beach due to vessel wakes, wind waves, and tidal currents. Marine Geology 259, 73-85, doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2008.12.009   .pdf

  • Morrison, R.R., R.H. Hotchkiss, M. Stone, D. Thurman and A. R. Horner-Devine. 2009. Turbulence characteristics of flow in a spiral corrugated culvert fitted with baffles and implications for fish passage. Ecological Engineering 35: 381-392   .pdf

  • Horner-Devine, Alexander R., Derek A. Fong, and Stephen G. Monismith. 2008. Evidence for the inherent unsteadiness of a river plume: Satellite observations of the Niagara River discharge. Limnol. Oceanogr. 53: 2731-2737.   .pdf

  • MacDonald, D. G., and A. R. Horner-Devine (2008), Temporal and spatial variability of vertical salt flux in a highly stratified estuary, Journal of Geophysical Research , 113, C09022, doi:10.1029/2007JC004620.   .pdf

  • Horner-Devine, A.R., D.A. Fong, S.G. Monismith and T. Maxworthy, 2006. Laboratory experiments simulating a coastal river discharge, Journal of Fluid Mechanics . 555, 203-232   .pdf

  • Horner-Devine, A.R. 2006. Velocity, density, and transport measurements in rotating, stratified flows, Experiments in Fluids , 1-13, DOI 10.1007/s00348-006-0181-2   .pdf