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Donya P Frank-Gilchrist, Ph.D.

Donya Frank-Gilchrist is a Research Physical Scientist at the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Donya studies hydrodynamics and sediment transport in the nearshore to improve predictions of coastal processes and storm impacts on shorelines and communities. Her research spans a wide range of scales from investigating incipient motion of individual sand grains up to modeling the evolution of barrier islands in response to tropical storms and sea level rise. Donya is also involved with several stakeholder engagement efforts to improve the accessibility of USGS natural hazards resources for various stakeholders.