Research Associate (Postdoc)

Burt 436
Website: Jacqueline McSweeney


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

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding the mechanisms that control circulation and transport in the coastal ocean.  The coastal ocean includes the inner-shelf, nearshore, surfzone, and estuaries - all of which are controlled by different dynamics.  My research focuses on understanding how these regions are connected.  This involves understanding the different important spatial and temporal scales and identifying the relative contributions of winds, waves (surface and internal), tides, river discharge, and subtidal circulation patterns.  


B.A. Spanish, Loyola Marymount University, 2011

B.S. Chemistry, Loyola Marymount University, 2011 

Ph.D. Physical Oceanography, Rutgers University, 2016 

Working with:

Melanie Fewings and Jim Lerczak 

Feature Story

Shelf awareness: A milestone dataset (April, 2018)


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. Alongshore Variability of Shoaling Internal Bores on the Inner Shelf. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 50, 2965–2981,

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, Observations of Shoaling Nonlinear Internal Bores Across the Central California Inner Shelf. J. Phys. Oceanogr.doi:10.1175/JPO-D-19-0125.1

McSweeney, J. M., R. J. Chant, J. L. Wilkin, and C. K. Sommerfield, Suspended-sediment Impacts on Light-Limited Productivity in the Delaware Estuary, Estuaries and Coasts (2016), 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., Huston, G., McSweeney, J. M., Rucker, B., 2010. Synthesis of Lipophilic N9-Benzylguanine Derivatives. Synlett, 19, 2871–2874.