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Yakutat Field Research Experience 2018

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In August 2018, one PhD students, two MS students and five undegrad students joined Nina during field work in Yakutat, Alaska. The team collected essential data for different projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research. An addition to the collection of field data for ongoing research projects, the expedition provided undergraduate students with the opportunity to work on active coastal geotechnical research with mentoring from professors and graduate students. Undergraduate travel scholarships were made possible by the generous support of Dr. Mike Duncan.









Field measurements at three Texas rivers post Hurricane Harvey

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Hurricane Harvey led to significant flooding and elevated water levels and flow speeds in Texas' rivers. In a NSF funded project "RAPID: Integrated Geotechnical and Geophysical Investigation of Subaqueous Foundations, Levees and River Banks Impacted by Hurricane Harvey", our team and collaborators from LSU, Clemson and Texas A&M are investigating submerged and water-fringing infrastructure with regards to erosion and potential sediment infill post Hurricane Harvey. Field measurements were carried out in locations along the Guadalupe River, Colorado River and the Brazos River, comprising an exciting and unique data set of geotechnical and geophysical data.






Measurements in the York River

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On July 10-11, our summer 2018 field team (Dennis, Matthew, Julie and Nina) completed geotechnical measurements and sediment sampling in the Pamunkey River and in the York River in collaboration with Grace Massey, Carl Friedrichs and team from the Virginia Institute for Marine Sciences. The measurements represent the first field component of a project developing an advanced method to utilize portable free fall penetrometers for unexploded site investigation, monitoring and management funded by SERDP (https://www.serdp-estcp.org/).
Gravity corer in action.

Dennis Kiptoo and Matthew Florence during sediment core recovery.
Dennis during BlueDrop penetrometer deployment.
VIMS team during sample processing.

CPT'18

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Nina, Bilal and Cagdas attended the CPT'18 conference in Delft. They contributed to three presentations of papers. All papers are available at http://www.cpt18.org/program/proceedings/.

Congratulations to Dr. Bilici

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Big shout-out and congratulations to Dr. Cagdas Bilici who defended his PhD thesis titled "Development of a sediment sampling free fall penetrometer add-on unit for geotechnical characterization of mobile seabed surface layers" successfully. Cagdas started his PhD with Nina as his advisor in January 2015, and has first-authored and contributed to multiple journal and conference papers.

Field experiment in Duck, NC

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Despite some initially rough weather, we were able to complete another survey in Duck, NC. This time our investigations aimed for variations in moisture contents and beach slope, and how this is reflected in satellite imagery and ground-based radar. This work is in collaboration with Dr. Jesse McNinch and Dr. Heidi Wadman from the USACE FRF in Duck, NC, and is supported by the Office of Naval Research.










Congratulations to Dr. Ali Albatal

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Big shout-out and congratulations to Dr. Ali Albatal who defended his PhD thesis titled "Advancement of using portable free fall penetrometers for geotechnical site characterization of energetic sandy nearshore areas" successfully. Ali started his PhD with Nina as his advisor in January 2015, and has first-authored and contributed to multiple journal and conference papers.


(Photos courtesy of C. Bilici)