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Kara Doran

Detailed Description

Kara Doran is an oceanographer with the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center. Her area of expertise is understanding and forecasting storm impacts to sandy coastlines. Her work includes producing real-time forecasts of coastal total water level and changes to the beach during storms, and measuring how the beach changes after a storm to test and improve these predictions.


“When I was a little girl, I would visit the beach near my grandparent's home. I was amazed at how the waves moved the sand from under my toes when I stood on the shoreline,” says Kara. “I'm still fascinated by the ocean and the way the water shapes the beach, especially during storm events!”


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