Davina L Passeri, PhD

My research is focused on developing integrated models of hydrodynamics and coastal morphology to predict short- and long-term coastal evolution and applying these models to assess coastal vulnerability to drivers such as storms and sea level rise to inform management decision-making.


Davina Passeri is a Research Oceanographer at the U.S. Geological Survey. Her research is concentrated in numerical modeling of tides, waves, hurricane storm surge and barrier island morphology to understand how the coast may evolve in future under drivers such as extreme storms and sea level rise.  She is involved in research projects focused on:

  • Dynamic effects of sea level rise on coastal hydrodynamics and morphology
  • Short- and long-term barrier island evolution 
  • Estuarine and marsh evolution
  • Transdisciplinary biogeophysical assessments
  • Coastal vulnerability and restoration assessments

The results from her work are used to improve the scientific knowledge on the effects of short- and long-term drivers in coastal evolution and to inform coastal management decision-making. 


B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2010

Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2015

Mendenhall Post-Doctoral Fellow, U.S. Geological Survey, 2015-2017