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  Dr. Tiffany Briggs  

Lab Director

Dr. Tiffany Roberts Briggs  

Assistant  Professor
Department of Geosciences

E-mail: briggst@fau.edu


Ph.D., Geology, University of South Florida, 2012
M.S., Geology, University of South Florida, 2008
B.S., Environmental Science, Honors College, University of South Florida, 2002

Research Interests: Coastal geomorphology and geology; storm impact and recovery; beach nourishment evolution; coastal sedimentology; coastal ecosystem health.

Dr. Tiffany Roberts Briggs Faculty page
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Graduate Students



Joseph (Joe) Becker

M.S. Student
Graduate Teaching Assitant
E-mail: jbecker2015@fau.edu




Background: B.S. Geology, Florida Atlantic University, 2017
Research: Mapping the tidal flux and saltwater interface along the coast using Ground Penetrating Radar


Tynon (Ty) Briggs

Ph.D. Student
Graduate Teaching Assitant
E-mail: tbriggs2013@fau.edu




Background: B.S. Environmental Management, University of West Florida, 2018
Research: Ty is interested in assessing the morphodynamic response of beaches following nourishment
Awards: As an undergraduate (at UWF), received the Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference 2017 (YCSEC)Student Paper Award


Nicholas (Nick) Brown

Ph.D. Student
Graduate Teaching Assitant
E-mail: nicholasbrow2018@fau.edu



Background: B.S. Geology, Grand Valley State University, 2018
Research: Coastal geomorphology and nearshore marine geology


Richard (Ray) Hart

M.S. Student
Graduate Teaching Assitant
E-mail: hartr2015@fau.edu




Background: Ray conducted undergraduate research, funded by FAU URI, on the morphodynamic classification of southeast Florida beaches (2017).
Ray obtained his B.S. (Honors) Geology degree at FAU in 2017
Research: Ray is integrating Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) technology with traditional topographic beach survey methods to evaluate coastal change


Andrew Medhurst

M.S. Student
Graduate Teaching Assitant
E-mail: amedhurst2018@fau.edu




Background: B.S. Biology, Florida Gulf Coast University (2012); B.A. Environmental Studies, Florida Gulf Coast University (2013); United States Peace Corps Volunteer - Coastal Resource Management, Philippines, 2015-2017
Research: Andrew is studying coastal morphology changes associated with storms and flooding and the impact on critical sea turtle nesting habitats in South Florida


Palaparthi Jyothirmayi (Jyothi)

M.S. Student
Graduate Teaching Assitant
E-mail: jpalaparthi2017@fau.edu




Background: 5 years Integrated M. Sc. Tech. in Applied Geology, IIT(ISM), India, 2015
Research: Jyothi’s research is evaluating continental shelf sediments (in Palm Beach County) for suitability in coastal restoration projects, using a comprehensive regional sediment management (RSM) approach to sand resources nature-based shorelines
Awards: Smt. Renuka Rajhans Memorial Gold Medal, Indian School of Mines (2014-2015 batch), INSPIRE Fellowship from Department of Science and Technology (DST), India (2010-2015)


Undergraduate Students



Lisa Anne Esposito

Dept. of Biological Sciences
Collaborative Research through DIS with Drs. Briggs and Milton  



Background: Lisa is an undergraduate research student majoring in Biological Science with an Environmental Science Emphasis. Her research looks at the causes of sea turtle relocation and the success of relocated nests. Possible causes include nests being too close to shoreline, erosion, and areas where scarps could appear during the nesting season. Potential nest flooding is measured by the use of flood pipes that are buried in the sand about the same depth as a sea turtle nest would be.






John Wu

Dept. of Geosciences

Background: John is an undergraduate research student majoring in Geology in the Dept. of Geosciences.  John was awarded an Undergraduate Research Grant by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (OURI) at FAU to study the "Effects of Freshwater Discharge on Sediment Distribution in South Florida Estuarine Canal Systems" in collaboration with Brynna Siluk and Dr. Tara Root (Water Analysis Lab at FAU).

Lab Alumni


Tommy Shahan

2018, M.S. Geosciences

Thesis: "Morphologic Evolution and Alongshore Variability of Two Beach Nourishment Projects in Southeast FL, USA" Update: Tommy is a Coastal Geologist with APTIM, Inc. (Boca Raton, FL)


Sabrina Camara Dos Santos Porto

2017, M.S. Geosciences



Thesis: "Use of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) in a Study on Beach Morphodynamics at Red Reef Beach, Boca Raton, FL" Update: Sabrina is a Coastal Geologist with APTIM, Inc. (Boca Raton, FL)


William Warren

2017, M.S. Geology; 2015, B.S. Geology


Thesis: "Storm-Induced Nearshore Sediment Transport" Update: Will is a Coastal Geologist with Taylor Engineering, Inc. (Destin, FL)







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