Dr. Alex Forrest has over a decade of experience working with autonomous robotics as data collection platforms to address environmental issues. With a background in Civil and Environmental Engineering, his research examines the influence lakebed and seafloor features have on localized hydrodynamic flow and uses acoustic mapping techniques and environmental fluid mechanics to interpret the dynamics of a system. He will apply his expertise to issues affecting water quality and ecosystem health in Lake Tahoe and other Sierra lakes (e.g. sedimentation, invasive species, etc). The main focus of his teaching at UC Davis will be environmental fluid mechanics at the undergraduate and graduate level.