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Phillipe A Wernette

Mendenhall Fellow at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center


My research seeks to understand how geomorphology and processes across multiple spatial and temporal combine to drive change in a variety of environments, including, but not limited to, coastal cliffs, bluffs, beach-dune systems, and landslides. Ultimately, my work involves utilizing existing data and information in combination with emerging technologies to develop more accurate and comprehensive models of landscape and environmental evolution. I utilize techniques and concepts spanning physical geography and geomorphology, geographic information science (GIS), remote sensing (including structure-from-motion, LiDAR, and hyperspectral imagery), geophysics (GPR, ERT, and seismic), and machine learning. Broadly speaking, my two main research foci are: (1) understanding and modelling the suite of different factors affecting coastal evolution, and (2) developing comprehensive analytical techniques that include quantifying and propagating error in geospatial and temporal analyses. I believe that research should be collaborative and multidisciplinary and will strive to engage with a diverse group of stakeholders and researchers worldwide.

Professional Experience

  • 2020 to present - Research Geologist (Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow), U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

  • 2020 to present - Adjunct Professor, University of Windsor, School of the Environment

  • 2017 to 2020 - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Windsor, School of the Environment

  • 2017 to 2019 - Conference Chair, University of Windsor, UWill Discover Student Research Conference

  • 2017 - Program Director, Texas A&M University, Aggie Research Programs

  • 2014 to 2016 - Course Instructor, Texas A&M University, Department of Geography

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. in Geography - Texas A&M University, 2017

  • M.S. in Geography - Michigan State University, 2012

  • B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife (major) and Geographic Information Science (minor) - Michigan State University, 2010

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • American Geophysical Union

  • Geological Society of America

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government