Tiffany Anderson

Tiffany Anderson is a researcher with the Coastal Geology Group. Her recent work has focused on modeling coastal hazards such as coastal erosion and wave inundation, and investigating how those hazards might change as sea level changes in the future. Tiffany loves working on all kinds of research projects with students and other researchers in the group, especially when they involve statistical models or other data analysis methods. She also enjoys sailing lasers, hiking, weaving lauhala, and spending time with her family.

Haunani Kane

Raised at the foot of Olomana mountain in the ahupuaʻa of Kailua, Oʻahu. Haunani recently received a PhD in Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, with the Coastal Geology Group (CGG). As a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, Haunani continues to work with the CGG to investigate how islands, reefs, and island people are impacted by changes in sea level and storms. Haunani’s research is inspired by the time she has spent with her teachers and friends traversing thousands of miles across the Pacific upon traditional voyaging canoes. As a voyager, kanaka, and climate scientist Haunani’s research relies upon reestablishing pilina or relationship to place to better understand and communicate how climate change influences our homes.

Matt Barbee

Matthew Barbee, a cartographer, GIS and remote sensing specialist is now at Aarhus University in Denmark employed as a Data Scientist at the Department of Biology, Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity section; he lives in a national park close to the ocean and dreams of surf. He problem-solves, develops workflows and manages hardware and data to facilitate research for global and regional projects in the Arctic, Pacific Basin, southern Africa, South America and Europe. He loves to create maps, graphics and other visualizations for publications and websites with the goal to communicate complex information effectively.;

Kayla Yamamoto

Kayla Yamamoto is a research technician with the Coastal Geology Group. Her current work, under the direction of Dr. Tiffany Anderson and Dr. Chip Fletcher, involves the development of a coupled modeling system for storm surge risk assessment under varying scenarios of sea level rise. Kayla received a BS and MS in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her previous research focused on cloud microphysics and aerosol-cloud interactions. Kayla enjoys studying tropical cyclones and other weather phenomena of the region.

Shellie Habel

Sea Grant Extension/Researcher

Shellie Habel received her PhD in Marine and Environmental Geology from the University of Hawaii SOEST in 2019. She currently works with the University of Hawaii Sea Grant as an Extension Agent and technical liaison for the State Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands. She is also part of the Coastal Geology Group, where her research focus is monitoring and simulating flooding from sea level rise related flood components considering groundwater inundation, storm-drain failure, and direct marine flooding induced by sea-level rise and high tides in the Honolulu area.

Kristian McDonald

Having received his MS from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of Hawaii in 2020, Kristian McDonald is a research assistant in the Coastal Geology Group, focusing on documenting and monitoring coastal morphological change over time using remote sensing platforms, like unmanned aerial systems. Kristian recieved his BS in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources in 2016.

Kammie Tavares

Kammie Tavares graduated with her MS in Geology and Geophysics in 2020 at the University of Hawaiʻi, where she also earned a BS in Global Environmental Science. Kammie is currently studying historical shoreline change along the coasts of Oʻahu and developing a database of shoreline change correlated to development and potential impacts under future sea level rise scenarios.

Colin Lee

Colin is an environmental attorney who works as a Climate Change and Resiliency Policy Analyst for the Climate Resilience Initiative.  Colin received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his Juris Doctor and Environmental Law Certificate from the William S. Richardson School of Law.  Colin has worked in the non-profit, academic, and government sectors and has focused on coastal and energy law and policy.  Colin loves surfing, paddling, running, and generally just being outdoors.

Georgina Casey

Georgina Casey is an assistant researcher working under Dr. Charles Fletcher for the Climate Resilience Initiative. Her focus is to conduct research on topics related to community sustainability and resilience with specific attention to climate change in Hawai’i and the Pacific Islands. Georgina received her undergraduate degree in Environmental and Ocean Sciences from the University of San Diego, as well as a minor in Architecture. Georgina enjoys paddleboarding, hiking, and going to the beach with her dog Koa.

Richelle Moskvichev

Richelle received her Bachelors of Science in Physics and Computer Science from the University of Oregon in 2019. Her work in the Coastal Geology Group focuses on understanding the effects of coastal erosion and sea level rise on Hawaii’s beaches; specifically, implementing the USGS CoSMoS-COASTS model in Hawai’i. Her previous research involved: studying Greenland fjord dynamics using iceberg GPS tracking; and, using remote sensing to relate natural impervious surfaces (rocks) to precipitation data. Richelle enjoys creating art, being out in nature, and helping others through volunteering.

Juliette Budge

Juliette Budge, Ph.D. is a Climate Change Specialist for the Climate Resilience Initiative. She has conducted research in sea level rise and human migration, community resilience and adaptations to the built environment.  She has focused on understanding social phenomena related to climate change that are at the edge of our perception today, but will dominate our collective future. She holds a graduate certificate in Disaster Management. She currently serves on the board of The Clock Tower Project, and Closed Loop Creative Lab.

Anna Mikkelsen

Anna Mikkelsen is a geospatial analyst for the Climate Resilience Initiative where she works on shoreline change models for the Hawaiian Islands. She is interested ways to use GIS and remote sensing to inform climate change impact and mitigation efforts. Anna was born and raised in Denmark, received her B.S. in Marine Science from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo in 2018 and her M.S in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in 2021. In her freetime she enjoys anything outdoors; hiking, running, diving, or surfing