Ph.D. in Geology (University of South Florida) 2012
M.S. in Geology (University of South Florida) 2008
B.S. in Environmental Science (Honors College, University of South Florida) 2006
Coastal geomorphology, geology, and sedimentology.
Primary research interest is the dynamics/evolution of beach morphology in response to natural (e.g., storm impact/recovery) and anthropogenic (e.g., coastal engineering) influences. Other research interests relate to environmental characterization of beaches as habitat (e.g., for sea turtle nesting), physical processes driving coastal change, and local/regional controls on sediment source, pathways, and sinks.
Physical Geology / Evolution of the Earth (GLY 2010)
Coastal and Marine Science (GLY 3730)
Shore Erosion & Protection (GLY 5575)
Beach Morphodynamics of Southeast Florida (GLY 6708)
Coastal Environments (GLY 6737)
Coastal Hazards (GLY 6888)
Directed Independent Research (GLY/GEO 4915/4916)
Directed Independent Study - Graduate/Undergraduate (GLY 6908/4905)
Publications and Proceedings*
Torres-Freyermuth, A., Puleo, J.A., DiCosmo, N., Allende-Arandia, M.E., Chardon-Maldonado, P., Lopez, J., Figueroa-Espinoza, B., Ruiz de Alegria-Arzaburu, A., Figlus, J., Briggs, T.M.R., de la Roza, J., and Candela, J., 2017. Nearshore Circulation on a Sea Breeze Dominated Beach During Intense Wind Events. Continental Shelf Research, 10.1016/j.csr.2017.10.008.
Bladow, R.† and Briggs, T.M.R., 2017. Natural and Human Influences on Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nesting, Hatching, and Emergence Success. Shore & Beach: Dedicated Issue on Coastal Engineering and Research in Florida, 85(3), p. 3-11.
Shahan, T.† and Briggs, T.M.R., 2017. Morphologic Evolution of a Small Nourishment Project in Boca Raton, Florida, USA. Shore & Beach: Dedicated Issue on Coastal Engineering and Research in Florida, 85(3), p. 37-46.
Cisneros, J.A.†, Briggs, T.R., and Martin, K., 2017. Placed Sediment Characteristics Compared to Sea Turtle Nesting and Hatching Patterns, Case Study from Palm Beach County, FL. Shore & Beach 85(2), p. 35-40.
Willson, K., Thomson, G., Briggs, T.R., Elko, N., and Miller, J., 2017. Beach nourishment profile equilibration: What to expect after sand is placed on a beach. Shore & Beach 85(2), p. 49-51.
Rosov, B., Bush, S., Briggs, T.R., and Elko, N., 2016. The State of Understanding the Impacts of Beach Nourishment Activities on Infaunal Communities, American Shore & Beach Preservation Association: White Paper. Shore & Beach 84(3), p. 51-55.
Briggs, T.R., and Elko, N., 2016. Natural and Human-Induced Dynamics on Big Hickory Island, Florida. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 4(1), 14;doi:10.3390/jmse4010014.
Wang, P. and Briggs, T.R., 2015. Storm-Induced Morphology Changes along Barrier Islands and Post Storm Recovery. In: Ellis J. and Sherman, D. (Eds.), Coastal and Marine Hazards, Risks and Disasters. Elsevier, MA, 563 p.
Roberts, T.M., Wang, P., and Puleo, J., 2013. Storm-Driven Cyclic Beach Morphodynamics of a Mixed Sand and Gravel Beach along the Mid-Atlantic Coast, USA. Marine Geology 346, 403-421.
Wang, P., and Roberts, T.M., 2013. Distribution of Surficial and Buried Oil Contaminants Across Sandy Beaches Along Northwest Florida and Alabama Coasts Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010. Journal of Coastal Research, 29(6A), 144-155. Coconut Creek (Florida), ISSN 0749-0208.
Roberts, T.M. and Wang, P., 2012. Four Year Performance and Associated Controlling Factors of Several Beach Nourishment Projects along Three Adjacent Barrier Islands in West-Central Florida, USA. Coastal Engineering 70, 29-39.
Roberts, T.M., Rosati, J.D., and Wang, P. (eds.) 2011. Proceedings, Symposium to Honor Dr. Nicholas C. Kraus, Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 59. West Palm Beach (Florida), 290 p., ISSN 0749-0208.
Wang, P., Rosati, J.D., and Roberts, T.M. (eds). 2011. Proceedings, Coastal Sediments 2011 International Conference, World Scientific Publishing, Singapore. 2639 p.
Wang, P., Beck, T.M., and Roberts, T.M., 2011. Modeling regional-scale sediment transport and medium-term morphology change at a dual inlet system examined with the Coastal Modeling System (CMS): A case study at Johns Pass and Blind Pass, west-central Florida. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 59, 49-60.
Roberts, T.M. and Wang, P., 2011. Profile Change and Post-Storm Recovery of Delaware Beaches Resulting from Three Consecutive Storms in 2009. Proceedings, Coastal Sediments 2011 International Conference, World Scientific Publishing, Singapore. 1304-1317.
Wang, P., Roberts, T.M., Dabees, M., and Horwitz, M.H., 2011. Beach Changes Associated with Active 2009-2010 El Nino Winter Along the West-Central Florida Barrier Islands. Proceedings, Coastal Sediments 2011 International Conference, World Scientific Publishing, Singapore. 1229-1242.
Horwitz, M.H., and Roberts, T.M., 2010. Eogenetic Coastal Karst of San Salvador Island, Bahamas. Studia Universitatis Babeş-Bolyai, Geologia, 55 (1), 17 – 27.
Roberts, T.M., Wang, P., and Kraus, N.C., 2010. Limits of Wave Runup and Corresponding Beach-Profile Change from Large-Scale Laboratory Data. Journal of Coastal Research,26 (1), 184-198.
Roberts, T.M., Wang, P., and Elko, N.A., 2009. Physical Performance of Several Beach Nourishment Projects Along a Microtidal Low-Energy Coast, West-Central Florida USA. Proceedings of Coastal Dynamics ’09, American Society of Civil Engineers, Tokyo, Japan, paper #74.
Wang, P., Elko, N.A., and Roberts, T.M., 2009. Equilibration and Longshore Spreading Associated with Beach Nourishment: A Case Study along West-Central Florida Coast. Proceedings of Coastal Dynamics ’09, American Society of Civil Engineers, Tokyo, Japan, paper #73.
Wang, P., Roberts, T.M., Elko, N.A., and Beck, T.M., 2009. Factors Controlling the First Year Performance of Eight Adjacent Beach Nourishment Projects, West-Central Florida, USA. Proceedings of the 31st International Conference: Coastal Engineering 2008, World Scientific Publishing, Singapore. 2532-2544.
Roberts, T.M. and Wang, P., 2007. Limits of Beach and Dune Erosion in Response to Wave Runup Elucidated from SUPERTANK. Proceedings of Coastal Sediments ‘07, American Society of Civil Engineers, New Orleans, LA, 1961-1974.
*Roberts - maiden name