Kevin Du Clos


  • Ph.D., 2016, Biological Oceanography, University of Maine
  • M.S., 2012, Biological Oceanography, University of Maine
  • B.S., 2007, Microbiology, University of California – San Diego


Research in my lab examines how marine organisms interact with their fluid environments though swimming, feeding, sinking, and other behaviors. We use advanced imaging techniques and mathematical modeling to study individual scale behaviors and interactions in the context of large scale ocean processes, such as carbon cycling. We work with a range of organisms, including phytoplankton, oysters, and jellyfish.


  • Biologically controlled sinking regulation by diatoms
  • Effects of oyster reef architecture on suspension feeding and larval recruitment
  • Siphonophore swimming and prey capture


Du Clos, Kevin T, Gemmell, Brad J., Colin, Sean P., Costello, John H., Dabiri, John O., and Sutherland, Kelly R. Distributed propulsion enables fast and efficient swimming modes in physonect siphonophores. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 119, 49 e2202494119 (2022).

Du Clos, Kevin T, Karp-Boss, Lee, and Gemmell, Brad J. Diatoms rapidly alter sinking behavior in response to changing nutrient concentrations. Limnology and Oceanography. 66, 892-900 (2021).

Durieux, David M, Du Clos, Kevin T, Lewis, David B, and Gemmell, Brad J. Benthic jellyfish dominate water mixing in mangrove ecosystems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 118, 30 (2021).

Du Clos, Kevin T, Dabiri, John O, Costello, John H, Colin, Sean P, Morgan, Jennifer R, Fogerson, Stephanie M, and Gemmell, Brad J. Thrust generation during steady swimming and acceleration from rest in anguilliform swimmers. Journal of Experimental Biology. 222, 22 (2019).

Du Clos, Kevin T, Lang, Amy, Devey, Sean, Motta, Philip J, Habegger, Maria Laura, and Gemmell, Brad J. Passive bristling of mako shark scales in reversing flows. Journal of The Royal Society Interface. 15, 147 (2018).

Du Clos, Kevin T and Jiang, Houshuo. Overcoming hydrodynamic challenges in suspension feeding by juvenile Mya arenaria clams. Journal of The Royal Society Interface. 15, 138 20170755 (2018).