James Pringle, Ph.D.

James Pringle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

I graduated in 1990 from Dartmouth College with a BA in physics and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint program with a doctorate in Physical Oceanography. I was then a post-doctoral fellow at the Marine Life Research Group at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. I am now an associate professor at the University of New Hampshire. 

Current Research


  • The dynamics of coastal circulation, with a particular interest in dynamics of circulation on seasonal and longer timescales.
  • Interactions of coastal and estuarine circulation in large estuaries.
  • Maintenance of alongshore variation in species composition, and alongshore variation in allele frequency, in the presence of alongshore currents.
  • Quantifying effect of alongshore currents on the relative fitness of species and alleles in species with planktonic lifestages.
  • The impact of coastal circulation on the transport of zooplankton and icthyoplankton.


Student Opportunity

I have funding for a student to work on the fluid dynamics of coastal systems. The student will either be in the Oceanography Program in the Department of Earth Sciences or the Interdisciplinary Applied Math program. You can contact me at jpringle@unh.edu.


Many oceanographic students have learned about waves from this excellent set of notes prepared by Dave Chapman and Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli from a course originally given by Myrl Hendershott. They have been passed from hand to hand, and xeroxed many times. You may now find them here .


Linear Wave Movies -- Coastal, open-ocean and equitoreal Rossby and Kelvin waves:

I used Francois Primeau's linear shallow water model to model the evolution of a motionless mound of water that is allowed to evolve either in the middle or eastern edge of a closed beta-plane basin. In class, I motivate this with an aquarium and a mound of water generated by an inverted UNH shot glass which, if you have used it enough, appears to have a roughly Gaussian inner profile. Runs are also made on an equatorial beta-plane to illustrate how equatorial Kelvin and Rossby waves interact. In these runs, the initial disturbance is always in the center of the domain. You are welcome to use these animations or movies in your teaching. The movies, and more explanation, are here 


Dr. James (Jamie) Pringle
Morse Hall
Durham, NH 03824