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Christie Hegermiller

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Assistant Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Pronouns: she/her


  • PhD in Ocean Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz 2017
  • BS in Environmental Geosciences, Boston College, 2011

Previous appointments

  • Senior Research Scientist, Sofar Ocean, 2021-2023
  • Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow, USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, 2019-2021
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2017-2019

Research Statement

Christie is a coastal physical oceanographer interested in wave-driven processes from beach to global ocean space scales, and storm to climate change time scales. Her research is focused on understanding the role that waves play in driving coastal circulation, transporting sediment in varied coastal environments, and mediating interactions between the atmosphere and ocean. Christie’s work integrates numerical models with field observations and lab campaigns. She is focused on bridging the gaps between our conceptual and theoretical frameworks and prediction methodologies (models), especially for short- and long-term coastal change.

Christie works within the Environmental Fluid Mechanics group, whose members span departments across the University and Applied Physics Laboratory. Please reach out via email if you are interested in Christie's research and curious about joining our lab!

Select publications

  1. M. Olabarrieta, J.C. Warner, and C.A. Hegermiller, 2023. Development and application of an Infragravity Wave (InWave) driver to simulate nearshore processes. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems. doi:10.1029/2022MS003205
  2. Houghton, I. A., S.G. Penny, C.A. Hegermiller, M. Cesaretti, C. Teicheira, and P.B. Smit, 2023. Ensemble-based data assimilation of significant wave height from Sofar Spotters and satellite altimeters with a global operational wave model. Ocean Modeling. doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2023.102200
  3. Hegermiller, C.A., J.C. Warner, M. Olabarrieta, C.R. Sherwood, and T.S. Kalra, 2022. Barrier island breach dynamics during Hurricanes Sandy and Matthew. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface.
  4. Houghton, I. A., C.A. Hegermiller, C. Teicheira, and P.B. Smit, 2022. Operational assimilation of spectral wave data from the Sofar Spotter network. Geophysical Research Letters, 49, e2022GL098973. https://doi. org/10.1029/2022GL098973
  5. Sherwood, C.R., A. Van Dongeren, J. Doyle, C.A. Hegermiller, and others, 2021. Modeling the morphodynamics of coastal responses to extreme events: What shape are we in? Annual Review of Marine Sciences. doi: 10.1146/annurev-marine-032221-090215
  6. Hegermiller, C.A., J.C. Warner, M. Olabarrieta, and C.R. Sherwood, 2019. Wave-current interaction between Hurricane Matthew wave fields and the Gulf Stream. Journal of Physical Oceanography. doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-19-0124.1
  7. Hegermiller, C.A., A. Rueda, L.H. Erikson, P.L. Barnard, J.A.A. Antolinez, and F.J. Mendez, 2017. Controls of multimodal wave conditions in a complex coastal setting. Geophysical Research Letters, 44, doi: 10.1002/2017GL075272
  8. A. Rueda, C.A. Hegermiller, J.A.A. Antolinez, P. Camus, S. Vitousek, P. Ruggiero, P.L. Barnard, L.H. Erikson, A. Tomas, and F.J. Mendez, 2017. Multiscale Climate Emulator of Multipeaked Spectra: MUSCLE-spectra. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. doi: 10.1002/2016JC011957
  9. Hegermiller, C.A., J.A.A. Antolinez, A. Rueda, P. Camus, J. Perez, L.H. Erikson, P.L. Barnard, and F.J. Mendez, 2016. A wave spectrum-based approach to defining the predictor for statistical downscaling of local wave climate. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 47, doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-16-0191.1