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Kai Parker

Coastal Oceanographer with the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

Kai Parker has been a coastal Oceanographer with the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz since 2020 as part of the Climate Impacts and Coastal Processes Team.  His research focuses on a wide variety of coastal hazards, including shoreline erosion, flooding, coastal processes, and the effects of climate change on coastlines. He is particularly interested in developing products, resources, and science that can help communities adapt to changing environments.

Professional Experience

  • 2020-present - Oceanographer, United States Geological Survey, Santa Cruz, CA. Research on all types of coastal hazards topics but primarily focused on climate change impacts to flooding.

  • 2019-2020 – Fulbright, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaíso, Chile. Visiting researcher exploring Chilean shoreline erosion hazards as controlled by processes ranging from shifting wave climate to tectonic uplift.

  • 2013-2018 – Graduate Teaching Instructor, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. Teaching assistant and lecturer across a variety of courses. Development of evidence-based teaching practices through the Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching program.

  • 2012-2013 – Coastal Engineer, Moffatt & Nichol, San Diego, CA. Diverse analysis focused on quantification and engineering solutions to coastal hazards including shoreline erosion, river/estuary processes and sea-level rise.

  • 2011 – Research / Marine Tech Internship, University of California: Davis, Bodega Bay Marine Lab, CA.  Research primarily on estuarine processes and observational oceanography including deployment, repair, and data analysis for an assortment of oceanographic instruments

Education and Certifications

  • 2018: Ph.D., Coastal and Ocean Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

  • 2012: B.S., Civil Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA

Science and Products