Diane Foster

Director, Marine Sci & Ocean Eng
Director - School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering
Phone: (603) 862-3089
Office: Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping, Chase Ocean Engineering Lab Rm 102C, Durham, NH 03824
Diane Foster

Prof. Foster joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at UNH Fall 2008. Prior to joining UNH, Prof. Foster was an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Sciences at the Ohio State University in Columbus.

Prof. Foster teaches OE and ME courses which include Heat Transfer (ME 603), Coastal Engineering Process (OE 757) and Ocean Mechanics (OE 795/895).


  • Ph.D., Ocean Engineering, Oregon State University
  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Oregon State University
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maine
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Courses Taught

  • CEE/ME/OE 757/857: Coastal Engineering & Process
  • ME 696: Projects
  • ME 992: Master's Project
  • OE 400: Ocean Engineering Seminar
  • OE 401: Ocean Engineering Seminar
  • OE 521: Power of the Sea
  • OE 753/853: Ocean Hydrodynamics
  • OE 757/857: Coastal Engineering&Processes
  • OE 797: Honors Seminar
  • OE 991: Ocean Seminars II
  • OE 999: Doctoral Research
  • TECH 411: Innovation Scholars I
  • TECH 412: Innovation Scholars

Selected Publications

Wengrove, M. E., Foster, D. L., Kalnejais, L. H., Percuoco, V., & Lippmann, T. C. (2015). Field and laboratory observations of bed stress and associated nutrient release in a tidal estuary. ESTUARINE COASTAL AND SHELF SCIENCE, 161, 11-24. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2015.04.005

Rodriguez-Abudo, S., & Foster, D. L. (2014). Unsteady stress partitioning and momentum transfer in the wave bottom boundary layer over movable rippled beds. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, 119(12), 8530-8551. doi:10.1002/2014JC010240

Wengrove, M. E., & Foster, D. L. (2014). Field evidence of the viscous sublayer in a tidally forced developing boundary layer. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 41(14), 5084-5090. doi:10.1002/2014GL060709

Rodriguez-Abudo, S., Foster, D. L., & Henriquez, M. (2013). Spatial variability of the wave bottom boundary layer over movable rippled beds. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, 118(7), 3490-3506. doi:10.1002/jgrc.20256

Penko, A. M., Calantoni, J., Rodriguez-Abudo, S., Foster, D. L., & Slinn, D. N. (2013). Three-dimensional mixture simulations of flow over dynamic rippled beds. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, 118(3), 1543-1555. doi:10.1002/jgrc.20120

Marieu, V., Bonneton, P., Foster, D. L., & Ardhuin, F. (2008). Modeling of vortex ripple morphodynamics. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, 113(C9). doi:10.1029/2007JC004659

Nichols, C. S., & Foster, D. L. (2007). Full-scale observations of wave-induced vortex generation over a rippled bed. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, 112(C10). doi:10.1029/2006JC003841

Foster, D. L., Bowen, A. J., Holman, R. A., & Natoo, P. (2006). Field evidence of pressure gradient induced incipient motion. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, 111(C5). doi:10.1029/2004JC002863

Smith, H. D., & Foster, D. L. (2005). Modeling of flow around a cylinder over a scoured bed. JOURNAL OF WATERWAY PORT COASTAL AND OCEAN ENGINEERING-ASCE, 131(1), 14-24. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)0733-950X(2005)131:1(14)

Foster, D. L., Beach, R. A., & Holman, R. A. (2000). Field observations of the wave bottom boundary layer. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, 105(C8), 19631-19647. doi:10.1029/1999JC900018

Most Cited Publications