Assistant Professor

Meagan Wengrove

Assistant Professor
Civil & Construction Engineering
Research interests

Current Graduate Students

Liz Holzenthal

Ph.D Student 2015-2022
Liz’s Research

Liz studies how submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) alters waves and currents to enhance sediment deposition and minimize shoreline erosion exposure. She is originally from Mandeville, Louisiana and earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. At Oregon State, she also works with Dr. David Hill to study how SAV contributes to estuarine circulation and large-scale erosion control.

Seok-Bong Lee

Ph.D Student 2018-Present
Seok-Bong’s Research

Seok-Bong is a PhD student of Coastal and Ocean Engineering Program of Civil Engineering at Oregon State University. He has been part of the Wengrove Research Group since Fall of 2018. He was born at Busan, South Korea and he received his bachelor (Feb. 2016) and master’s degree (Feb. 2018) in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Seoul National University in South Korea. His hometown is the largest coastal city in South Korea, so he had a lot of interest and curiosity about coastal processes since he was a child. During his free time he enjoys swimming (even if he is a beginner at swimming), road trips in Oregon, and takes care of his daughter, Grace.

Hailey Bond

Ph.D. Student 2022-Present
Hailey’s Research

Hailey is a doctoral student in coastal and ocean engineering. She is originally from Costa Mesa, CA. She earned her B.S. in civil engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and her M.S. in coastal and ocean engineering at Oregon State University (2018-2020). After her M.S., she worked with Oregon’s Department of Land Conservation and Development as a Natural Resource Policy fellow, where she created a guidebook compiling information on coastal erosion control in Oregon.

Nadia Cohen

Ph.D Student 2020-Present
Nadia’s Research

Nadia received her B.S. in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an undergraduate, she worked as an intern with the U.S. Army Engineer and Development Center’s Field Research Facility in Duck, NC, during which she assisted in the design, construction, networking, and deployment of low-cost mini-Argus systems, a video camera system used for coastal monitoring and research. Their image products provide estimates of shoreline and sandbar positions, wave characteristics, alongshore currents, and bathymetry. These undergraduate experiences sparked a deep interest in coastal and ocean physics and instrumentation for Nadia. Her Ph.D. will focus on the design and implementation of a specialized robotic system that will implant itself into an ice surface to measure melt processes and boundary layer physics on the near-vertical face of an iceberg. In her free time, she enjoys clamming, surfing, SCUBA diving, and hiking.

Jessie Paskoski

Master’s Student 2020-Present
Jessie’s Research

Jessie is a second-year coastal and ocean engineering master’s student at Oregon State University (OSU). Originally from the landlocked state of Utah, she aspired to preserve the biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems. This led her to the East Coast where she completed her bachelor studies in Environmental Engineering at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in 2016. At UNH she was introduced to scuba diving in a collaborative setting with passionate marine and ocean scientists. It was also where she first met her present advisor, Dr. Meagan Wengrove who inspired her to attain a minor in Ocean Engineering. After completing her undergraduate studies, Jessie worked as an electrical engineer at the Naval Oceanographic Office, as an underwater acoustic transducer production engineer at Transonic Inc.; a company specialized in building transducers that detect, assess, and monitor underwater physical and biological characteristics, and as an engineer at Chiniche Engineering & Surveying; an amazing family-owned Civil engineering firm in Mississippi.

Carly Ringer

Master’s Student 2021-Present
Carly’s Research

Carly is a master’s student in the Marine Resource Management program with a focus in coastal processes, hazards, and climate change. She is originally from Normal, Illinois, and earned her B.S. in Geography/GIS from Brigham Young University. Carly studies coastal sand dune morphology and management, particularly the differences in managed and unmanaged dune morphology. Additionally, she is co-developing a new Oregon Coastal Dunes Management Guidebook to provide science-based guidance on dune management practices. Carly is passionate about improving the relationships between humans and the environment and increasing community resilience to coastal hazards. Prior to coming to OSU, Carly worked as a software product engineer at ESRI in Redlands, California.

Marcela Ijfu

Ph.D Student 2022-Present
Marcela’s Research

Current Postdocs

Quentin Laporte-Fauret

Quentin’s Research

Quentin graduated from the University of Bordeaux (France) with a Bachelor’s in Geology and a Master’s in Coastal Oceanography. He then completed his Ph.D. there as well, where his research utilized a new conceptual approach to promote coastal dune remobilization by foredune notch excavation. He developed a morphological monitoring protocol using UAV photogrammetry and an accurate classification method of sedimentary cover and plant species using their hyperspectral signature. After his Ph.D., he held a postdoctoral position at the University of Bordeaux where he investigated the morphological evolution of a freely evolving dune system dissected by many blowouts. In the Wengrove Lab, he is interested in the effect of vegetation on dune morphology, including differences between native and invasive species, and he conducts this research using Lidar surveys of the plants and assimilates the data into an aeolian sediment transport – dune evolution model to better characterize the dune evolution according to the plant species present.

Hannah Glover

Hannah’s Research

Hannah graduated from Bowdoin College in 2013 with a BA in Earth and Oceanographic Science. After graduating she worked as a field engineer at the Applied Physics Lab at UW, building and maintaining oceanographic moorings for the ORCA and NEMO programs. In 2016 she started graduate school at the University of Washington, working with Andrea Ogston in the Sediment Dynamics Group. Her Masters focused on the impacts of the Elwha River dam removals. Her PhD work focused on sediment transport in the Ayeyarwady River delta, Myanmar, and in Tauranga Harbor, New Zealand. Hannah joined the Wengrove Lab in 2022, where she is focusing on the use of fiber optics for nearshore monitoring. Outside of work, Hannah enjoys backpacking, doing puzzles, and hanging out with her 15 year-old dog.

Current Undergraduate Students

Taylor Skaggs

An undergraduate student from Tacoma, Washington studying Civil Engineering with an interest in coastal engineering and water resources. Taylor is currently assisting with research on dune morphology along the Oregon coastline. In her free time Taylor is working on her goal to visit every US National Park and enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and swimming.

Nada Albader

Past Students/Postdocs

  • Jordan Converse, Master’s Student 2018-2020; Currently working for the Coast Guard
  • John Dickey, Master’s Student 2019-2021; Currently working for Moffatt & Nichol
  • Timma Flanagan, Erasmus Master’s Student 2021
  • Nessa Garrey, High School Student, 2019-2021; Currently an undergraduate at UW
  • Rob Lewis, REU Student, Summer 2019
  • Ian, REU Student, Summer 2019
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