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Jack McSweeney

Assistant Professor



- Rutgers University

Research Topics:

estuarine dynamics, coastal sediment transport, shoaling internal waves, coastal connectivity

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  • Bio/Research


    Hi!  I’m Jack McSweeney.  I am a coastal physical oceanographer interested in the interconnected dynamics driving transport within and between coastal subregions, including the inner shelf, surfzone, and estuaries.

    I’m an Assistant Professor at the   School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SOMAS)  at Stony Brook University.  My research interests include: 1) the dynamics of shoaling internal waves and their contribution to cross-shelf transport, 2) estuarine and coastal sediment transport, 3) the influence of buoyant plumes, and 4) spatiotemporal variability of stratification in coastal subregions.

  • Publications


    McSweeney,   J. M.,   M. R. Fewings, J. A. Lerczak, and J. A. Barth. 2021. The Evolution of a Northward Propagating Buoyant Coastal Plume After a Wind Relaxation Event.   J. Geophys. Res. Oceans.  126 (12).   doi:10.1029/2021JC017720

    Spydell, M. S., S. H. Suanda, D.J. Grimes, J. Becherer,   J. M. McSweeney,  C. Chickadel, M. Moulton, J. Thomson, J. Lerczak, J. Barth, J. MacMahan, J. Colosi, R. Romeiser, A. F. Waterhouse., J. Calantoni, and F. Feddersen. 2021. Internal Bore Evolution Across the Shelf Near Pt. Sal CA interpreted as a Gravity Current.   J. Phys. Oceanogr. 51(12), 3629-3650.  doi:10.1175/JPO-D-21-0095.1

    Haney, S., A. Simpson,   J. M. McSweeney,  A. F. Waterhouse, M. C. Haller, J. A. Lerczak, L. Lenain, A. Palóczy, K. Adams, and J. A. MacKinnon. 2021. Lifecycle of a Submesoscale Front Birthed from a Nearshore Internal Bore.   J. Phys. Oceanogr . 51(11), 3477-3493.   doi:10.1175/JPO-D-21-0062.1

    Becherer, J., J. Moum, J. Calantoni, J. Colosi, J. Lerczak,  J. M. McSweeney, J. MacKinnon, and A. Waterhouse.  2021. Saturation of the internal tide over the inner continental shelf. Part II: Parameterization.  J. Phys. Oceanogr. 51(8), 2565-2582.  doi:10.1175/JPO-D-21-0047.1

    Becherer, J., J. Moum, J. Calantoni, J. Colosi, J. Lerczak,   J. M. McSweeney, J. MacKinnon, and A. Waterhouse. 2021. Saturation of the internal tide over the inner continental shelf. Part I: Observations.   J. Phys. Oceanogr.   51(8), 2553-2563 .   doi:10.1175/JPO-D-20-0264.1

    Kumar, N. and coauthors. 2021. The Inner Shelf Dynamics Experiment.   Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.  102(5), E1033-E1063.  doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0281.1                                                         * my role: led Internal Wave Dynamics section (made figures; wrote/revised text;                                      synthesized input from coauthors)

    McSweeney, J. M.,  J .A. Lerczak, J. A. Barth, J. A. Becherer, J. A. MacKinnon, A. F. Waterhouse, J. A. Colosi, J. H. MacMahan, F. Feddersen, J. Calantoni,  A. Simpson, S. Celona, M. C. Haller, and E. Terrill. 2020. Along-shore Variability of Shoaling Internal Bores on the Inner Shelf.   J. Phys. Oceanogr.50, 2965–2981,   doi:10.1175/JPO-D-20-0090.1

    Becherer, J, J. N. Moum, J. A. Colosi, J. A. Lerczak, and  J. M.  McSweeney .  2020. Turbulence Asymmetries in Bottom Boundary Layer Velocity Pulses associated with Onshore-Propagating Nonlinear Internal Waves.  J. Phys. Oceanogr.50, 2373–2391,   doi:10.1175/JPO-D-19-0178.1.

    McSweeney, J.M. , J. A. Lerczak, J. A. Barth, J. Becherer, J. A. Colosi, J. A. MacKinnon, J.H. MacMahan, J.N. Moum, S.D. Pierce, and A.F. Waterhouse. 2020. Observations of Shoaling Nonlinear Internal Bores Across the Central California Inner Shelf.  J. Phys. Oceanogr. 50 111–132 doi:10.1175/JPO-D-19-0125.1

    McSweeney, J. M. , R. J. Chant, J. L. Wilkin, and C. K. Sommerfield. 2017. Suspended-sediment Impacts on Light-Limited Productivity in the Delaware Estuary, Estuaries and Coasts, 40, 977,  doi:10.1007/s12237-016-0200-3

    McSweeney, J. M. , R. J. Chant, and C. K. Sommerfield. 2016. Lateral variability of sediment transport in the Delaware Estuary, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 121, 725–744,  doi:10.1002/ 2015JC010974 .

    McCallum, J. E. B., G. Huston,  J. M. McSweeney , and  B. Rucker. 2010. Synthesis of Lipophilic N 9 -Benzylguanine Derivatives. Synlett, 19, 2871–2874.  doi:10.1055/s-0030-1259037.

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