Erika Lentz, Ph.D.

My research focuses on coastal change due to storms, sea-level rise, and the geology of an area.

Biography

 I explore how change varies among different ecosystems and across landscapes, and what makes certain locations more resilient than others.  Additionally, I am interested in the meaningful communication of scientific information to support decision-making.  Recently these subjects have been addressed in several projects:

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Selected Publications:      (PDF copies of papers are available, please email me:  elentz@usgs.gov)

Coastal Landscape Change

Lentz, E.E., Thieler, E.R., Plant, N.P, Stippa, S.R., Horton, R., and Gesch, D.B. (2016).  Evaluation of dynamic coastal response to sea-level rise modifies inundation likelihood.  Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/nclimate2957

Lentz, E.E., Stippa, S.R., Thieler, E.R., Plant, N.G., Gesch, D.B., and Horton, R.M. (2015). Evaluating coastal landscape response to sea-level rise in the northeastern United States—Approach and methods: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014-1252, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20141252.

Lentz, E.E., Stippa, S.R., Thieler, E.R., Plant, N.G., Gesch, D.B., and Horton, R.M. (2015).  Coastal landscape response to sea-level rise assessment for the northeastern United States: U.S. Geological Survey data release, http://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F73J3B0B.

 

Barrier Island Change

Wilson, K.E., Adams, P.N., Hapke, C.J., Lentz, E.E., and Brenner, O. (2015).  Application of Bayesian Networks to hindcast barrier island morphodynamics.  Coastal Engineering, 102, p. 30-43.

Lentz, E.E., Hapke, C.J., Stockdon, H.S., and Hehre, R.E. (2013).  Improving understanding of near-term barrier island evolution through multi-decadal assessment of morphologic change.  Marine Geology, 337, p. 125-139.

Schwab, W.C., Baldwin, W.E., Hapke, C.J., Lentz, E.E., Gayes, P.T., Denny, J.F., List, J.H., and Warner, J.C. (2013).  Geologic evidence for onshore sediment transport from the inner-continental shelf: Fire Island, New York.  Journal of Coastal Research, 29(3), p. 536-544.

Lentz, E.E., and Hapke, C.J. (2011).  Geologic framework influences on the geomorphology of an anthropogenically modified barrier island: Assessment of dune/beach changes at Fire Island, New York.  Geomorphology, 126, p. 82-96.

Hapke, C.J., Lentz, E.E., Gayes, P.T., McCoy, C.A., Hehre, R., Schwab, W.C., and Williams, S.J.(2010).  A review of sediment budget imbalances along Fire Island, New York: can nearshore geologic framework and patterns of shoreline change explain the deficit?  Journal of Coastal Research, 26(3), p. 510-522.

Lentz, E.E., and Hapke, C.J., (2011).  The development of a probabilistic approach to forecast coastal change.  Proceedings of the Coastal Sediments 2011 Conference, May 2-6, Miami, Florida.