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Daniel Ciarletta, Ph.D.

I investigate the evolution of barrier island morphology to learn about how changes in sediment availability, sea-level rise, and other environmental factors impact coastal resiliency and vulnerability. To accomplish this, I combine field approaches with numerical modeling to quantify geomorphological change through time.

I received my B.S. in Oceanography from the Florida Institute of Technology, and an M.S. in Geoscience plus a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management from Montclair State University. I received a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellowship from the USGS and started work at the Saint Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center in 2019, where I currently research the effects of sediment availability on barrier island evolution.