The Lab

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Michael W. Beck

Research Professor

Institute of Marine Sciences

Department of Ocean Sciences

Senior Researchers

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Borja Reguero

Assoc. Research Professor

Institute of Marine Sciences

Coastal Science & Policy program

Researchers and Staff

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Pelayo Menéndez
Postdoctoral fellow 

Climate risk, coastal adaptation, and nature-based solutions.

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Chris Lowrie
Lead Spatial Scientist

Geographic technology for nature-based services in flood risk reduction.

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Megan Kelso
Postdoctoral fellow

Nature-based risk reduction, assessments, and risk transfer tools

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Stephan Bitterwolf
PhD Candidate

Coral gene expression biomarkers, ecosystem services, and restoration.

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Camila Gaido
Coastal Modeler

Coastal engineering, adaptation, and nature-based solutions.

Affiliated Researchers

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Kristen Cumming

Physical Scientist

U.S. Geological Survey
Climate adaptation and coastal dynamics, hazards, and ecosystems.

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Jessica Kendall-Bar

PhD Candidate

UC Santa Cruz

Illustration, animation, and science communication strategy.

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Curt Storlazzi

Senior Research Geologist

U.S. Geological Survey
Climate adaptation and coastal
dynamics, hazards, and ecosystems.

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Nadine Heck

Assistant Professor

East Carolina University
Marine conservation, fisheries, and climate change adaptation

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Austen Stovall
MSc Student

Coastal Science and Policy 
Coastal engineering, adaptation, and nature-based solutions.

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Rae Taylor-Burns

PhD Candidate

U.S. Geological Survey
Climate adaptation and coastal
dynamics, hazards, and ecosystems.

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Siddharth Narayan

Assistant Professor

East Carolina University
Coastal engineering, adaptation, and nature-based solutions.

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Wayne Martin
Coastal Modeler

UC Santa Cruz
Near-shore numerical modeling of coral reef damage.