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Kat Wilson Coastal Geomorphology

I am a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences. My primary research interests are in coastal processes and hazards and how morphology evolves over varying time scales. My PhD research is focused on the modern hurricane history on the Texas coast, Holocene coastal morphology and MIS 5e-aged eolianites in the Caribbean.

Research Interests

Coastal hazards. Sediment transport. Carbonate and siliciclastic coastal morphology. Remote sensing. Probabilistic modeling. Coastal management and decision-support applications.

Contact

Twitter: @kwilson_coasts

email: Kathleen.wilson@utexas.edu

Holocene dunes (North Point Member, Rice Bay Formation). Eleuthera, The Bahamas

EDUCATION

University of Florida: M.S. Geological Sciences, 2014

Thesis: Probabilistic Forecasting of Morphodynamic Response to High-Wave Events at Fire Island, NY

University of Pittsburgh: B. S. Geology & B.A. Environmental Studies, 2011

Fire Island National Seashore

Professional Experience

July 2014 - October 2017: Researcher; Cherokee Nations Technologies contracted to U.S. Geological Survey; St. Petersburg, FL

January 2013 - July 2014: Research Assistant; University of Florida Department of Geological Sciences

September 2011 - December 2012: Project Scientist; Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure; Monroeville, PA

Study Sites

  • Fire Island National Seashore, New York.
  • Pinellas County, Florida.
  • Texas Coast.
  • Eleuthera, The Bahamas.
  • San Salvador, The Bahamas.
Panorama of Holocene washover fan in February 2018. Eleuthera, The Bahamas
Panorama of Holocene washover fan in July 2018 after overwash event. Eleuthera, The Bahamas

Publications

  • Wilson KE, Lentz EE, Miselis JL, Safak I, Brenner OT. 2018. A Bayesian approach to predict sub-annual beach change and recovery. Estuaries and Coasts, DOI: 10.1007/s12237-018-0444-1.
  • Brenner OT, Lentz EE, Hapke CJ, Henderson RE, Wilson KE, Nelson TR. 2018. Characterizing storm response and recovery using the beach change envelope. Geomorphology 300, 189-202.
  • Wilson KE, Adams PN, Hapke CJ, Lentz EE, Brenner OT. 2015. Application of Bayesian Networks to Hindcast Barrier Island Morphodynamics, Coastal Engineering 102, 30-43.
  • Rossi RJ, Bain DJ, Jennerette GD, Clarke LW, Wilson KE. 2015. Responses of roadside soil cation pools to vehicular emission deposition in southern California, Biogeochemistry 123 (1).

USGS Publications

  • Wilson KE, Hapke CJ, Henderson RE, Lentz EE, Miselis JL, Weppler PM. 2017. Post-Hurricane Sandy Beach Profile Survey—Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet 2013: US Geological Survey Data Release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7XK8CSR
  • Nelson TR, Miselis JL, Hapke CJ, Brenner OT, Henderson RE, Reynolds BJ, Wilson KE. 2017. Coastal bathymetry data collected in May 2015 from Fire Island, New York—Wilderness breach and shoreface: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1049, https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1049.
  • Nelson TR, Miselis JL, Hapke CJ, Brenner OT, Henderson RE, Reynolds BJ, Wilson KE. 2017. Bathymetry Data Collected in October 2014 from Fire Island, New York: Wilderness Breach, Shoreface, and Bay: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1034 https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1034.
  • Nelson TR, Miselis JL, Hapke CJ, Wilson KE, Henderson RE, Brenner OT, Reynolds BJ, Hansen ME. 2016. Coastal Bathymetry Data Collected in 2014 from Fire Island, New York: Wilderness Breach and Shoreface: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1007 http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ds1007.

Abstracts

  • Wilson KE, Hassenruck-Gudipati HJ, Mason J, Smith B, Schroeder CL, Mohrig DC. 2018. Coastal impacts from far field storms – Evidence from Eleuthera, The Bahamas. AGU Fall Meeting.
  • Wilson KE, Swartz JM, Mohrig DC. 2017. Back-barrier topographic control on the morphology of Hurricane Harvey washover deposits. AGU Fall Meeting.
  • Wilson KE, Lentz EE, Miselis JL, Brenner OT, Safak, I. 2017. Forecasting upper beach morphodynamics at Fire Island, New York. CERF Biennial Conference.
  • Wilson KE, Lentz EE, Brenner OT, Safak I, Hapke CJ. 2016. Development of a Probabilistic Decision-Support Model to Forecast Coastal Resilience. AGU Ocean Sciences.
  • Wilson KE, Hapke CJ, Brenner OT, Safak I, Lentz EE. 2015. Forecasting Beach Recovery Using Bayesian Networks. ASBPA Annual Meeting.
  • Wilson KE, Adams PN, Hapke CJ, Lentz EE, Brenner OT. 2014. Evaluation of Anthropogenic Influence in Probabilistic Forecasting of Coastal Change. AGU Fall Meeting.
  • Wilson KE, Adams PN, Hapke CJ, Lentz EE, Brenner OT. 2013. Probabilistic Forecasting of Coastal Morphodynamic Storm Response at Fire Island, New York. AGU Fall Meeting.
Using ATV and backpack mounted-GPS units to survey beach elevations at Fire Island, New York (left) and Madeira Beach, Florida (right)

Outreach

  • Geoscience Empowerment Network (2017 - present)
  • University of Texas GeoForce (2017 - present)
  • University of South Florida Oceanography Camp for Girls (2015; 2016; 2017)
  • St. Petersburg Science Festival (2016; 2017)
  • Florida Museum of Natural History: Can you Dig it? (2013, 2014)
Volunteering at the hurricane tank during the St. Petersburg Science Festival
Buoy washed onto the beach at Fire Island, New York

Outside of science, I spend most of my time with my dog, Bruce Wayne Wilson. He loves being on the beach almost as much as I do.

Beach day at Padre Island, Texas

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