I am an aspiring coastal engineer focused on erosion and flooding hazards in the 21st century. Oceans are warming and sea levels are consequently rising around the world - and society is unprepared. My work is focused on understanding how the coast will respond to these higher water levels, specifically using dynamic models to simulate coastal sediment transport. I also use hydrodynamic models to quantify the frequency and water depths of future flooding in low-lying human-built environments.
I am originally from New England, and a graduate of Boston College’s Geology and Geophysics program, which exposed me to the intricacies of synthesizing conclusions from complicated real-world environments. I have returned to graduate school after recognizing that making meaningful contributions to the coastal realm would require many years immersing myself in focused courses on wave mechanics, extreme statistics, coastal engineering, and climate phenomena.
I am now in my 5th year of a PhD at Oregon State University, advised by Peter Ruggiero. My degree at OSU is in the Ocean and Coastal Engineering program, with a minor in oceanography, and a certificate program for teaching at the university level. Along the way I have spent summers conducting fieldwork in Oregon and Washington (riding instrumented-jet skis in the nearshore), organized a large-scale flume experiment in the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Laboratory, and studied abroad with colleagues in Spain.
PhD candidate studying in the Ocean and Coastal Engineering program at Oregon State University.
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