Earth and Environmental Sciences Faculty

Kat Wilson

Assistant Professor


I am a coastal geomorphologist and sedimentologist with a research emphasis on identifying links between terrestrial and nearshore sedimentary processes and larger-scale climatic controls on coastal geomorphology. My research themes include (1) exploring morphodynamic feedbacks in surface processes across modern to Late-Pleistocene coastal systems, (2) coastal hazards from tropical and extra-tropical cyclones and sea level rise, and (3) coastal management and resilience through interdisciplinary decision-support strategies.

Selected recent publications:

Rendall B, Wilson KE, Kerans C, Helper M, Mohrig D. 2022. Coriolis effect entombed in Pleistocene (MIS5) Bahamian dune fields: Evidence from regional mapping using remote sensing (TanDEM-X) data. Geology 50 (5): 567–571. DOI: 10.1130/G49454.1

Wilson KE, Mohrig D. 2021. Anatomy of a Tempestite from a Non-Local Storm: Swell Generated Transport of Sand and Boulders on Eleuthera, The Bahamas. Sedimentology. DOI: 10.1111/sed.12842

Wilson KE, Lentz EE, Miselis JL, Safak I, Brenner OT. 2019. A Bayesian approach to predict sub-annual beach change and recovery. Estuaries and Coasts, DOI: 10.1007/s12237-018-0444-1

Brenner OT, Lentz EE, Hapke CJ, Henderson RE, Wilson KE, Nelson TR. 2017. Characterizing storm response and recovery using the beach change envelope. Geomorphology 300, 189-202. 

Wilson KE, Adams PN, Hapke CJ, Lentz EE, Brenner OT. 2015. Application of Bayesian Networks to Hindcast Barrier Island Morphodynamics. Coastal Engineering, 102.