Kevin Simans

Graduate Student


The ocean has captured my interest for most of my life, and I studied oceanography as an undergraduate at the University of Washington. I am interested in coastal and estuarine sediment dynamics and the ways in which waves, tides and river flow influence the transport and deposition of sediments. A related interest of mine is how these processes drive longer-term erosion or modification of coastlines in combination with human interference and climate change. Currently a third-year graduate student at Boston College, I am finishing up my Master’s research on the flux of suspended sediments in a stratified estuary, the Connecticut River estuary. The primary goals of this study are to determine the mechanisms by which fine sediments are imported into the estuary from the sea during low river discharge, and the implications for deposition in coves connected to the main estuary channel.

Thesis Advisor: Prof. Gail Kineke

Why did you chose Boston College for graduate school?

After taking a year off from academics after obtaining my Bachelor’s degree, I received an offer to come to Boston College and obtain a Master’s degree working with my current advisor, Dr. Gail Kineke. I was unsure if I wanted to pursue academia further, but this fully-funded opportunity was too good to pass up! The small size and intimate feel of the department was the icing on the cake for me.

Teaching Assistant (current courses)
  • EESC1146/1147: Origin and Evolution of Life on Earth
Teaching Assistant (previous courses)
  • EESC1157/1158: Oceanography
  • EESC1187: Geoscience and Public Policy
  • EESC2204/2214: Environmental Systems: The Critical Zone
  • EESC2205/2215: Environmental Systems: Climate Change
  • EESC2206/2216: Environmental Systems: Oceans