We are a research group that is curious about coastal dynamics, and especially those involving sandy and icy mophologies. Our research focus is within three areas:

  • Coastal Engineering with Nature
  • Boundary Layers and Morphodynamics
  • Sensing the Ocean using Distributed Fiber Optics

Specific projects within these groups can be found on our research page.

In the News:

  • See this AGU EOS article and this National Geographic article highlighting our recent research published in Nature Geoscience showing how the tiny bubbles found in glacier ice may be making an outsized difference in the way the ice melts.
  • Listen to radio clip on Oregon Public Broadcasting Think Out Loud with Wengrove talking about coastal dune dynamics from NSF funded experiments performed in the Hinsdale Wave Lab.
  • See BUSINESS WIRE article highlighting our project that is using a real fiber optic telecom cable running between Florence, OR and Anchorage, AK for sensing ocean waves and currents. We are working towards making ocean bottom signal collected on the long range ocean bottom cable quantifiable, and collaborating with Alaska Communications to do it!
  • See NOAA-NCCOS article highlighting our Oregon State University hosted a hybrid Oregon Dune Management Mini-Conference and Workshop at the Hatfield Marine Science Center and online on May 31, 2022. The workshop provided an update on the state of the Oregon dunes from science and management perspectives, and worked towards outlining a prioritized path forward for management, policy, and research in the coastal dunes. The “State of the Dunes” conference portion consisted of a science synthesis and management history from the project leads, and brief 5-minute “lightning talk” style presentations where scientists highlighted their research findings and managers shared their observations of project implementation obstacles and successes. Topics ranged from dune management strategies and carbon storage, to plover habitat and native plant revegetation. Coastal managers, coastal planners, scientists, engineers, and policy specialists attended.

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