Lab Director

Dr. Tiffany Briggs  

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 
FAU Geosciences Homepage


Graduate Students 


Tynon (Ty) Briggs

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

Background: B.S. Environmental Management, University of West Florida, 2018
Research: Ty is assessing the role of beach nourishment on inlet-adjacent beaches and dune health.
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 Assistant
E-mail:  nicholasbrow2018@fau.edu

Background: B.S. Geology, Grand Valley State University, 2018
Research: Nick is evaluating the role of geomorphology and nearshore geology on ecosystem health for certain marine species.






Andrew Medhurst

M.S. Student
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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 how changes in coastal morphology, sedimentology, and beach flooding impact critical sea turtle nesting habitat.






Palaparthi Jyothirmayi

Ph.D. Student
Graduate Teaching Assistant
E-mail:  jpalaparthi2017@fau.edu
    Background: 5 years Integrated M. Sc. Tech. in Applied Geology, IIT(ISM), India, 2015; MS in Geosciences at FAU, 2019 (Thesis: "Evaluation of local offshore sediments for coastal restoration projects in Palm Beach County, FL, USA").
Research: Jyothi’s research is evaluating the role of post-nourishment sediment properties on temperature and morphology change and the potential influences on sea turtle nesting habitat.
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), ASBPA Educational Award (2018), ASBPA Nicholas Kraus Coastal Scholar Award (2019)






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


Joseph (Joe) Becker

2 018, M.S. Student

    Thesis: "Mapping the Fresh-Saltwater Transition Zone Across the Beach Environment Using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)"  Joe is a Coastal Geologist with APTIM, Inc. (Boca Raton, FL).










Richard (Ray) Hart

2018, M.S. Student

    Thesis: "Hurricane Irma Impact and Post-Storm Beach Morphology Evolution in Boca Raton, FL".  Ray is a Coastal Geologist with APTIM, Inc. (Boca Raton, FL)  










Corey Aitken

2017, M.S. Student

    Non-Thesis. Corey is currently pursuing a second MS degree in Urban and Regional Planning at FAU.  Corey is a planner with Monroe County's Planning and Environmental Resources Department (Marathon, FL).











Tommy Shahan

2018, M.S. Geosciences

    Thesis: "Morphologic Evolution and Alongshore Variability of Two Beach Nourishment Projects in Southeast FL, USA". 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". 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".  Will is a Coastal Geologist with Taylor Engineering, Inc. (Destin, FL) 







E Vandamas  

Edward Vandamas

2015, M.S. Student


 Thesis: "Inlet-Adjacent Behavior at Three Stabilized Inlets in Palm Beach County, FL"