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    Mendenhall Research Fellowship - Research Opportunity #17-12. Assessment of natural and human-induced coastal sediment availability and flux to support predictions of long-term coastal vulnerability and resilience

    Sediment availability (including sources and mobility) in a coastal system determines whether barrier islands form (McBride et al., 2013), the rate of shoreline erosion or accretion (Honeycutt & Krantz, 2003; Miselis & McNinch, 2006), and the morphologic characteristics of features across the inner shelf (Schwab et al., 2014), shoreface (Browder & McNinch, 2006), beach, and dunes (Lentz and Hapke, 2011). Furthermore, the Nation’s coastal systems, and the communities and habitats therein, are regularly impacted by natural (e.g., storms, sea-level rise) and human (e.g., restoration, sediment management) alterations to sediment availability. And yet, despite being essential for both coastal hazard and resource management, relationships between sediment availability and short-term coastal changes, such as storm response, subsequent recovery, and decadal-scale coastal fluctuations have yet to be widely established and impacts to future coastal system behavior are rarely assessed.

    In order to improve predictions of coastal vulnerability and resilience and meet management needs, coastal evolution assessments and predictions that identify where and how quickly sediment moves throughout a coastal system and its role in driving geologic (e.g., permanent deposition or erosion of sediment) and morphologic changes are needed. A key requirement of such assessments is to move beyond static measures of sediment availability and explore spatial and temporal changes in coastal sediment fluxes (e.g., Miselis & Lorenzo-Trueba, 2017).

    Proposed Duty Station: St. Petersburg, FL

    Areas of Ph.D.:  Geology, geophysics, marine science, coastal engineering, geological oceanography, or related fields (candidates holding a Ph.D. in other disciplines but with knowledge and skills relevant to the Research Opportunity may be considered).

    Qualifications: Applicants must meet one of the following qualifications: Research GeologistResearch Oceanographer (This type of research is performed by those who have backgrounds for the occupations stated above. However, other titles may be applicable depending on the applicant's background, education, and research proposal. The final classification of the position will be made by the Human Resources Specialist.)


    Physical/Environmental Demands:

    Work is usually performed in an office setting. The work area:

    • Normally involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of offices or meeting and training rooms; or
    • May involve occasional field work that involves risks and hazards that require safety precautions.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Overnight travel of 3 nights per month may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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