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About Us

The Coastal Geology Group is an affiliation of researchers, technicians, and graduate students within the Department of Geology and Geophysics that conduct investigations of shoreline change, carbonate geology, reef geology, sedimentology and coastal morphodynamics. In the belief that many minds are better than one, we make it a goal to assist one another in our research projects. In so doing we expand our horizons, acquire new skills and life becomes more interesting with a diversity of field and laboratory experiences. In general, we seek to improve our understanding of coastal change through time. This requires research investigation on a range of spatial and temporal scales.

The Team

Current members of the group and their research focus include:

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Chip Fletcher leads the Coastal Geology Group, and is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of SOEST and Professor of Geology and Geophysics. He advises the research efforts of students, technicians, and post-doctoral researchers. Chip maintains important professional ties with federal, state, and county agencies and continues his research in coastal hazards, shoreline evolution, paleoenvironmental history, and climate change. Chip has published three texts that you can find at these sites: Physical Geology: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-EHEP002962.html ; Climate Change: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-EHEP002419.html ; and Coastal Geology of Hawaii: http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-6497-9780824834333.aspx .

e-mail: fletcher@soest.hawaii.edu

phone: 808-956-2582    Faculty Profile

Matthew Barbee

Matthew Barbee, a cartographer, GIS and remote sensing specialist develops field methods and data processing workflows to fulfill research project goals around the Pacific Basin. He also trains students in data management, data processing and data collection and manages the group's website. He also creates maps and graphics for science publications and websites.

e-mail: mbarbee@hawaii.edu

phone: 808-956-6754

Tiffany

Tiffany Anderson, received her Phd in Geology from the University of Hawaii SOEST and is a post-doctoral researcher with the Coastal Geology Geology in SOEST. Tiffany is examining shoreline response to sea level rise and short term shoreline varibility in long term shoreline change methods.

e-mail: tranders@hawaii.edu

phone: 808-956-6754

 

Haunane Kane

Haunani Kane is an PhD candidate in Coastal Geology at the University of Hawaii.  Haunani is currently investigating the spatial and temporal effects that sea-level rise may have upon wetlands and other coastal ecosystems. She is also reconstructing paleo sea level stands on coastal plains around the Pacific Basin to better understand the impacts of previous sea levels on island coastal systems. As an undergraduate, Haunani assessed the vulnerability of cultural assets due to erosion using shoreline trend techniques.

e-mail: hkane@hawaii.edu

phone: 808-956-6754

Shellie Habel

Shellie Habel is a PhD student in Coastal Geology at the University of Hawaii. She is currently working to simulate future groundwater inundation induced by sea-level rise and high tides in the Honolulu area. Shellie received her MS in Geology from UH SOEST in the spring of 2016.

e-mail: skey@hawaii.edu

phone: 808-956-6754

Kristian McDonald

Kristian McDonald is a MS student in Coastal Geology at the University of Hawaii. Kristian is developing his thesis with active projects in coastal policy, modeling coastal morphology over time and monitoring coastal change. Kristian will receive his BS in Global Environmental Science from UH SOEST in the fall of 2016.

e-mail: kkmcdona@hawaii.edu

phone: 808-956-6754

Alisha Summers

Alisha Summers is a BS student in Global Environmental Science at the University of Hawaii. Alisha is currently studying historical shoreline change along the windward coast of Oahu and developing the historical planning context as part of her senior thesis for the GES program.

e-mail: alishaks@hawaii.edu

phone: 808-956-6754