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UD graduate student earns research fellowship to study coastal storms

University of Delaware doctoral student Stephanie Dohner has been selected as a Mid-Atlantic Coastal Storms Program graduate research fellow by Virginia Sea Grant. Dohner, of Englewood, Ohio, is studying oceanography in UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. She was one of six finalists selected in the Mid-Atlantic region in a competitive application process.

The fellowships are funded by the Coastal Storms program, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) initiative that brings together federal, state and local organizations to increase resiliency to and reduce negative impacts of coast storms, like hurricanes, nor’easters and tropical storms.

Working under the advisement of Art Trembanis, associate professor of oceanography, Dohner is investigating the short-term effects of tropical storms and nor’easters on the area’s coastal morphology using rapid response techniques including unmanned aerial vehicles to look at land features and both autonomous surface and underwater vehicles to measure water depth offshore.