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Early Career Research Fellow - Stephanie Smallegan

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University of South Alabama


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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Gulf Research Program (NASEM - GRP)

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NASEM Gulf Research Program Fellowships


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Education and Outreach

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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Stephanie Smallegan is an assistant professor of coastal engineering at the University of South Alabama with expertise in physical changes of sandy beaches, such as beach erosion and accretion, due to short-term and long-term processes. She received her BSCE (2010) and MSCE (2012) from Georgia Tech and her Ph.D. (2016) from Virginia Tech. Stephanie uses hydrodynamic and morphodynamic modeling to analyze the impacts of civil infrastructure on morphological changes on barrier islands during tropical cyclones. She has served on reconnaissance missions with National Science Foundation Geotechnical Extreme Event Reconnaissance (GEER) and Structural Extreme Event Reconnaissance (StEER) teams where she surveyed damage to communities by hurricanes and tornadoes. Stephanie is Chair of the National Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure User Forum and a member of several organizations, including the American Geophysical Union, American Society of Civil Engineers, and American Shore and Beach Preservation Association.


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