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Professor Derek Stretch
Derek Stretch   
Derek holds a PhD in environmental fluid mechanics from Cambridge University, UK. He currently occupies the eThekwini-sponsored Chair in Civil Engineering and is Director of the Centre for Research in Environmental, Coastal & Hydrological Engineering.

His research group focuses on the bio-hydrodynamics of estuarine ecosystems, coastal and shoreline processes, and generally on the understanding and modeling of turbulence and mixing in environmental flows.  
 Quote:   “Eventually all things merge into one, and a river runs through it” - Norman Maclean
Position:   Academic Leader
Qualifications:   BScEng, MScEng, PhD (Cantab)
Discipline:   Civil Engineering
Campus   Howard
Telephone:   031 260 1064

         Recent Publications:


Stretch, DD, Lawrie, RA, Chrystal, CP, Main, C & Pringle, J (2013) Estuary & Lake Hydrodynamics. In Perissinotto R, Stretch DD, Taylor, R (eds) Ecology and Conservation of Estuarine Ecosystems: Lake St. Lucia as a Global Model. Cambridge University Press [ISBN 978-1-10701-975-1]

Lawrie, RA, Stretch, DD (2011) Anthropogenic impacts on the water & salt budgets of St Lucia estuarine lake in South Africa. Estuar. Coast. Shelf Sci., 93, 58 – 67.
Stretch, DD & Venayagamoorthy, S (2010) Diapycnal diffusivities in homogeneous stratified turbulence. Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L02602. doi:10.1029/2009GL041514, 2010

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