Katie Castagno

Katie Castagno Graduate Student castagno@mit.edu x 3378 (WHOI) WHOI: Clark 242 | MIT: 54-814
M.A. Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island (2014), B.A. Environmental Geoscience, Smith College (2012)
Bio and Interests
I am a graduate student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering working with Dr. Jeff Donnelly in the Coastal Systems Group. I study how hurricanes and other large storms have impacted coastal New England over the last 2,000 years. As coastal population continues to grow in both size and wealth, hurricanes pose a growing threat to infrastructure, life, and environment. Sea-level rise has continued to threaten coastal communities at alarming rates, and evidence suggests that sea-level rise will exacerbate the effects of storm surge, increasing the potential for land loss. In New England, where both population and economic resources are concentrated largely on the coast, research into the impact of increased storm intensity and sea level rise is imperative to resilience of these coastal communities.