Christie Hegermiller, PhD
Ocean Sciences, UC Santa Cruz
Christie completed her PhD at UC Santa Cruz in August 2017 and will begin a postdoctoral scholarship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution during Fall 2017. Christie’s doctoral research focused on predicting coastal wave and estuarine processes. Her work helps inform coastal planners of vulnerability to climate change-driven erosion and flooding. Christie gave a suite of seminars on this work at the US Geological Survey, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Since becoming a Wells Fargo Coastal Sustainability Fellow, Christie has focused on the transport of tracers, such as salt and mud, in estuarine embayments.
As a postdoctoral scholar at WHOI, she will investigate rapid changes to sandy beaches during extreme wave events, like storms and hurricanes. Christie continues to seek outreach opportunities, which currently include a series of video-conferences with high school Earth Sciences classrooms around the country.