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  Dr. Tiffany Briggs  

Lab Director


Dr. Tiffany Roberts Briggs  

Associate  Professor
Department of Geosciences

E-mail: briggst@fau.edu

   

About:
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

 

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Corey D. Aitken

   
Ph.D. Student
Graduate Teaching Assitant
E-mail: caitken2015@fau.edu

 

 

 

Background: B.S. Marine Affairs, Univesity of Rhode Island, 2009
Research: Corey focuses on the coastal resiliency of barrier islands and communities, such as the role of
nature-based shorelines
Awards: ASBPA Nicholas Kraus Coastal Scholar Award (2016)

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Joseph (Joe) Baker

   
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

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Ty Briggs

   
Ph.D. Student
Graduate Teaching Assitant
E-mail: tybriggs@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

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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

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Julie Anne Cisneros

   
Ph.D. Student
Graduate Teaching Assitant
E-mail: Jcisneros2015@fau.edu

 

 

 

Background: B.A. Environmental Sustainability, Florida International University, 2015. Julie serves as the Vice Chair of the Deerfield Beach Marine Advisory Board
Research: Julie studies morphologic changes and sediment variability influencing beach habitat (e.g., impacts on nesting sea turtles)
Awards: Presidential Fellowship, Florida Atlantic University (2015), ASBPA Educational Award (2016)

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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

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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

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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

 

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Lisa Anne Esposit

   
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.

 

 

 

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Kaitlin Grell

   
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Collaborative Research through FAU OURI SURF with Drs. Briggs and Milton

 

 

 

Background: Kaitlin is an undergraduate student majoring in Biology with a Marine Biology concentration and is earning an Environmental Certificate. Her research analyzes how different environmental factors such as beach morphology, erosion, inundation, and temperature increase affect the growth rates, embryonic mortality, and nest success of sea turtles in Southeast Florida. She received the 2018 FAU OURI Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Grant in support of her research. Kaitlin has also been a Dolphin Photo-ID Student Research Assistant at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute since 2016.

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Sydney Renstrom

   
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Collaborative Research through FAU Kelly Family Foundation with Drs. Briggs and Milton

 

 

Background: Sydney is studying changes in beach morphodynamics and how the formation of scarp features on the Boca Raton beaches affect overall nesting and hatching success of sea turtles. She was awarded the Kelly Foundation Scholarship in 2018 in support of her research.

   

Lab Alumni

 

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William Warren

   
2017, M.S. Geology; 2015, B.S. Geology
Collaborative Research through FAU Kelly Family Foundation with Drs. Briggs and Milton

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Tommy Shahan

   
2018, M.S. Geosciences
Collaborative Research through DIS with Drs. Briggs and Milton
 
 
 

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)

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Sabrina Camara Dos Santos Porto

   
2017, M.S. Geosciences
Collaborative Research through FAU OURI SURF with Drs. Briggs and Milton

 

 

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)

 

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