Diane Foster

Diane Foster

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

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).

Courses Taught

  • OE 401: Ocean Engineering Seminar
  • OE 521: Power of the Sea
  • OE 757/857: Coastal Engineering&Processes
  • OE 892: Master's Project
  • OE 991: Ocean Seminars II
  • OE 999: Doctoral Research
  • TECH 411: Innovation Scholars I
  • TECH 412: Innovation Scholars II


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

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