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Dr. Kyeong Park
Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama
Senior Marine Scientist, Dauphin Island Sea Lab
(Phone: 251-861-2141 x7563, Fax: 251-861-7540, e-mail:,

Ph.D., 1993, College of William and Mary


Research Description:


My overall research interests lie in estuarine and coastal hydrodynamics and water quality conditions, particularly the physical transport processes and their effects on water quality and living resources. Included topics in physical transport processes are estuarine residual circulation, dispersion of pollutants, sediment transport, etc., and those in water quality and living resources are eutrophication, hypoxia/anoxia, sediment diagenesis, sediment flux, larval transport, etc.

I have used field data, theoretical analyses and numerical models to better understand these processes. The ultimate goal is, through the collaborative studies with researchers from the disciplines of biogeochemical processes, to develop predictive models for water quality and living resources as management tools.


Recent Publications:

(Name indicates author was a student or a post-doc at the time of research)

Park, K., C.-K. Kim, and W.W. Schroeder (2007) Temporal variability in summertime bottom hypoxia in shallow areas of Mobile Bay, Alabama. Estuaries and Coasts, 30(1), 54-65.

Park, K., J.F. Valentine, S. Sklenar, K.R. Weis, and M.R. Dardeau (2007) The effects of Hurricane Ivan in the inner part of Mobile Bay, Alabama. Journal of Coastal Research, 23(5), 1332-1336.

Park, K., H.V. Wang, S.-C. Kim, and J.-H. Oh (2008) A model study of the estuarine turbidity maximum along the main channel of the upper Chesapeake Bay. Estuaries and Coasts, 31(1), 115-133.

Johnson, M.W., S.P. Powers, J. Senne, and K. Park (2009) Assessing in situ tolerances of Eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) under moderate hypoxic regimes: Implications for restoration. Journal of Shellfish Research, 28(2), 185-192.

Dzwonkowski, B. and K. Park (2010) Influence of wind stress and discharge on the mean and seasonal currents on the Alabama shelf of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, C12052, doi:10.1029/2010JC006449.

Kim, C.-K., K. Park, S.P. Powers, W.M. Graham, and K.M. Bayha (2010) Oyster larval transport in coastal Alabama: dominance of physical transport over biological behavior in a shallow estuary. Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, C10019, doi:10.1029/2010JC006115.

Ha, H.K., J.P.-Y. Maa, K. Park, and Y.H. Kim (2011) Estimation of high-resolution sediment concentration profiles in bottom boundary layer using pulse-coherent acoustic Doppler current profilers. Marine Geology, 279, 199-209, doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2010.11.002.

Dzwonkowski, B., K. Park, H.K. Ha, W.M. Graham, F.J. Hernandez, and S.P. Powers (2011) Hydrographic variability on a coastal shelf directly influenced by estuarine outflow. Continental Shelf Research, 31(9), 939-950, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2011.03.001.

Dzwonkowski, B., K. Park, and L. Jiang (2011) Subtidal across-shelf velocity structure and surface transport effectiveness on the Alabama shelf of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, C10012, doi:10.1029/2011JC007188.

Carassou, L., B. Dzwonkowski, F.J. Hernandez, S.P. Powers, K. Park, W.M Graham, and J. Mareska (2011) Environmental influences on juvenile fish abundances in a river-dominated coastal system. Marine and Coastal Fisheries, 3(1), 411-427, doi:10.1080/19425120.2011.642492.

Jo H.R., H.J. Lee, and K. Park (2011) Role of winter waves in sand transport at the mouth of Garolim Bay, west coast of Korea. Geosciences Journal, 15(4), 379-386, doi:10.1007/s12303-011-0038-4.

Dzwonkowski, B. and K. Park (2012) Subtidal circulation on the Alabama shelf during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, C03027, doi:10.1029/2011JC007664.

Ha, H.K. and K. Park (2012) High-resolution comparison of sediment dynamics under different forcing conditions in the bottom boundary layer of a shallow, micro-tidal estuary. Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, C06020, doi:10.1029/2012JC007878.

Kim, C.-K. and K. Park (2012) A modeling study of water and salt exchange for a micro-tidal, stratified northern Gulf of Mexico estuary. Journal of Marine Systems, 96-97, 103-115, doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2012.02.008.

Lee, J., B.M. Webb, B. Dzwonkowski, K. Park, and A. Valle-Levinson (2013) Bathymetric influences on tidal currents at the entrance to a highly stratified, shallow estuary. Continental Shelf Research, 58, 1-11, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2013.03.002.

Kim, C.-K., K. Park, and S.P. Powers (2013) Establishing restoration strategy of eastern oyster via a coupled biophysical transport model. Restoration Ecology, 21(3), 353-362, doi:10.1111/j.1526-100X.2012.00897.x.

Jeong, Y.H., J.S. Yang, and K. Park (accepted) Changes in water quality after the construction of an estuary dam: the Geum River Estuary Dam System in Korea. Journal of Coastal Research.

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