Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Lucey-Renteria who successfully defended his Ph.D. entitled "Characterizing compound coastal flood risk in urbanized communities: A Multivariate approach." We're excited to see where Joseph's future endeavors take him--whether that be as a postdoctoral investigator at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, or as an Assistant Professor at CSULA!
Congratulations to Dr. MP Delisle who successfully defended her Ph.D. entitled "A high-resolution numerical investigation of beach groundwater and swash interactions" on May 30, 2023. Her work on surface and subsurface interactions in the swash zone demonstrated that elevated beach groundwater levels increase runup extent and duration and has significant implications on coastal vulnerability. We can't wait to see how MP's research evolves in her new position as a Postdoctoral Investigator in the PVLab at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Congratulations to MP Delisle & Maria Winters who were recently named Streisand Scholars by the Barbra Streisand Center, housed within the Center for the Study of Women. The Barbra Streisand Center was established in 2021 and made possible by the vision and generosity of artist and activist Barbra Streisand. The Streisand Center, housed at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW), will become the future Barbra Streisand Institute at UCLA, a forward-thinking institute dedicated to finding solutions to the most vital social issues. Streisand’s transformative gift helps to expand our combined centers’ reach beyond UCLA and Los Angeles, fund faculty and students, and support research and programming that seek to address critical issues facing people of all genders. Both MP and Maria were interviewed by the Barbra Streisand Center, click "Read more" for the link!
CFL took advantage of the lowest tides of the year to hit the seas and survey the existing Santa Monica Breakwall. In partnership with the Bay Foundation, the CFL crew used boat mounted LiDAR to map the existing structure, which is only exposed during king tides. This is part of an ongoing effort to rebuild the breakwall in order to protect nearshore infrastructure and increase intertidal habitats in the Santa Monica Bay. CFL members Timu Gallien, Margit Maple, and Gabriela Carr worked with the Bay Foundation’s Tom Ford to make this exciting dataset possible.
Margit Maple was awarded the 2022 Robert L. Weigel Scholarship for Coastal Studies with her submission "Beach Management Impacts on Beach Groundwater"--one of the many "CFL-ers" to get this prestigious award. Congratulations Margit!!
Congratulations to Maria Winters who was awarded an Outstanding Students Abstract Award at the 2022 International Conference on Coastal Engineering for her abstract "Observation and Numerical Modeling of a Dune Overwash and Breaching Event".
Six CFL members were selected to present their research at the 2022 International Conference on Coastal Engineering (ICCE) held from December 4 - 9, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. ICCE is the premier coastal engineering conference held biennially under the auspices of the Coastal Engineering Research Council of COPRI. The goal of the ICCE is to promote academic and technical exchange on coastal related studies covering a wide range of topics including coastal waves, nearshore currents, coastal structures, sediment transport, coastal morphology, beach nourishment, natural hazards and coastal management.
Congratulations to Margit Maple who was awarded the Outstanding Presentation Award at the 2022 Young Coastal Scientists and Engineerings Conference - Americas for her presentation "Modeling Coastal Water Table Fluctuations Using PFLOTRAN". She follows in the footsteps of previous CFL awardee Marie-Pierre Delisle (2021).
MP Delisle was awarded 1st place in the collegiate competition for her presentation titled "Beach surface-subsurface flow interactions and impacts on coastal flooding" at the WE22 Society of Women Engineers conference. MP presented her research to a broad technical audience in a "rapid fire" presentation and was chosen as the top competitor among ten finalists in her category.
Five CFL members were selected to present their research virtually at the 2022 Ocean Sciences Meeting held from February 28 - March 4, 2022. Co-sponsored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), and The Oceanography Society (TOS), Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM) is the global leader in ocean sciences conferences. Click "Read more" to access the pre-recorded presentations each CFL member presented!