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Margaret Byron

Assistant Professor


  • Mechanical Engineering

Research Areas:

Biomechanics and Mechanobiology; Experimental Fluid Dynamics

Interest Areas:

Multiphase flow, turbulence, animal locomotion, intermediate Reynolds number phenomena.




  • BS, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 2010
  • MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
  • Ph D, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2015


Journal Articles

  • Julie M. Van der Hoop, Margaret Byron, Karlina Ozolina, David L Miller, Jacob L Johansen, Paolo Domenici and John F Steffensen, 2018, "Turbulent flow reduces oxygen consumption in the labriform swimming shiner perch, Cymatogaster aggregata", Journal of Experimental Biology, jeb-168773
  • Margaret Byron, J. Einarsson, K. Gustavsson, G. Voth, B. Mehlig and E. A. Variano, 2015, "Shape-dependence of particle rotation in isotropic turbulence", Physics of Fluids, 27, pp. 035101
  • C. R. Meyer, Margaret Byron and E. A. Variano, 2013, "Rotational diffusion of particles in turbulence", Limnology and Oceanography: Fluids and Environments, 3, (1), pp. 89-102
  • Margaret Byron and E. A. Variano, 2013, "Refractive-index-matched hydrogel materials for measuring flow-structure interactions", Experiments in Fluids, 54, pp. 1456
  • G. B. Bellani, Margaret Byron, A. G. Collignon, C. R. Meyer and E. A. Variano, 2012, "Shape effects on turbulence modulation by large nearly neutrally buoyant particles", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 712, pp. 41-60

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