Project Team

Core Team

The principal modeling and tool development team.

Regional Teams

  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Russian River/Point Arena
  • Southern California (new!)
  • Central Coast (coming 2018)
  • North Coast (coming 2018)

  • Core Team

    Patrick Barnard, CoSMoS Project Director

    Dr. Patrick Barnard has been a coastal geologist with the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz since 2003, and is currently the director of the Climate Impacts Program. His research focuses on storm- and climate-related changes to the beaches and estuaries bordering the Pacific Ocean. He serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Coastal Research as well as numerous regional, national and international scientific review panels related to climate change and coastal hazards. He received a BA from Williams College, MS from University of South Florida, and PhD from UC Riverside.

    Li Erikson, CoSMoS Lead Modeler

    Dr. Li Erikson is a research oceanographer with the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz where she has been working since 2005, focused on hydrodynamics, nearshore processes, coastal flooding, and shoreline change. Dr. Erikson previously worked as an Environmental Engineering consultant and for international aid agencies assisting with coastal planning. She received a BS from Humboldt State University in Environmental Engineering, MS in Ocean Engineering from University of Rhode Island at Narragansett, and a PhD from Lund Institute of Technology in Sweden.

    Amy Foxgrover, CoSMoS Geospatial Lead

    Amy Foxgrover began work as a geographer and GIS specialist at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz in 2000. Her work focuses primarily on the creation of digital elevation models to evaluate bathymetric change resulting from both natural and anthropogenic activities, primarily within San Francisco Bay. Amy received a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a MS in Marine Science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

    Andrea O’Neill, CoSMoS Hydrodynamic Modeling/Data Integration

    Andrea O'Neill is an oceanographer and meteorologist with the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz. She came to the USGS in 2012 after doing over 10 years of oceanographic and meteorological support for the US Navy out of Japan, where much of her work focused on tailored forecasts and climatological products for resource planning. Andrea holds a BS in Oceanography from University of Washington in Seattle, and an MS in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.

    Liv Herdman, CoSMoS Hydrodynamic Modeling

    Dr. Liv Herdman is an oceanographer with the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California. She came to the USGS in 2015 after working as a postdoc at Stanford University where she built a hydrodynamic model to study temperature dynamics in the San Francisco Bay Delta. She is currently leading efforts to improve CoSMoS San Francisco Bay and create a flood forecasting model for the region. Her research interests are in hydrodynamics, nearshore processes, coastal flooding, and bio-physical coupling in coastal and aquatic ecosystems. She received a BS in Environmental Engineering Science from UC Berkeley and earned a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.

    Sean Vitousek, CoSMoS Beach Evolution Modeling

    Dr. Sean Vitousek is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Civil & Materials Engineering. He started working with the CoSMoS team in 2014 as a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, where he developed the CoSMoS-COAST (Coastal One-line Assimilated Simulation Tool) shoreline prediction model. Sean’s research interests include the development of advanced numerical models for coastal processes such as nearshore hydrodynamics, coastal evolution, coastal hazards, and sea-level rise. He received a BSE from Princeton University, MS from University of Hawaii, and PhD from Stanford University.

    Pat Limber, CoSMoS Cliff Retreat Modeling

    Dr. Pat Limber is a Research Fellow with the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, where he has been developing an approach for predicting multi-decadal cliff retreat due to climate change. Pat’s expertise lies in large-scale, long-term coastline evolution, beach and sea-cliff dynamics, nonlinear dynamics, and coastal management. Prior to USGS he was a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Pete Adams at the University of Florida. Pat received his BA in environmental science from State University of New York (SUNY)-Purchase College, his MS in Earth Science from UC Santa Cruz, and his PhD in Earth and Ocean Sciences from Duke University.

    Juliette Finzi Hart, CoSMoS Director of Outreach

    Dr. Juliette Finzi Hart is an oceanographer and the Director of Outreach for the CoSMoS team at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz. Her work focuses on climate change science and policy, coastal marine science and policy, regional ocean governance, and sustainable ecotourism. Her goal is to bring the best science to the discussion so stakeholders can make informed decisions. Juliette holds a BA from Columbia University, a PhD in Ocean Sciences and a graduate certificate in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Engineering: Sustainable Cities from the University of Southern California.

    Michael Fitzgibbon, OCOF Tool Development

    Michael Fitzgibbon is the Chief Technology Officer at Point Blue Conservation Science. Since joining Point Blue in late 2007, Michael has built the California Avian Data Center website, as well as a suite of applications for managing and accessing avian data at Point Blue and their partners. Prior to coming to Point Blue, Michael spent over 20 years in software development, working most recently at Intuit on the new Quicken online products. He also helped form Autodesk’s GIS Market Group, and worked at ESRI as a member of the Arc/Info development team and developing custom applications. Michael holds a BS in Mathematics from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley.

    Doug Moody, OCOF Data Management and Tool Development

    Doug Moody is a programmer and Informatics Engineer with Point Blue Conservation Science. Doug manages very large databases and leverages that data to build creative visualizations to better understand how climate change will impact both natural communities and the built environment. Doug develops best practices that allow the display of large datasets in brittle web environments, and uses open-source tools to render massive spatial datasets and serve them up to the public in a way that aims to be both beautiful and meaningful.

    Maya Hayden, OCOF Tool Development and Outreach

    Dr. Maya Hayden is a plant ecologist and the Coastal Adaptation Program Leader with Point Blue Conservation Science. Maya works in partnership with coastal resource managers and decision-makers to understand and address their science needs, to improve existing or develop new decision-support tools, and to build community awareness, access, and capacity to use the best available science to plan for and adapt to sea level rise and other climate change stressors along the coast. Maya holds a BS and MS in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, and a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from UC Berkeley.

    Sam Veloz, OCOF Tool Development

    Dr. Sam Veloz is a spatial ecologist and the Climate Adaptation Program Director at Point Blue Conservation Science. Sam is primarily working on projects that explore how species will respond to global change, including climate change and other human modifications to the environment. Recent work includes collaborating on the development of a decision support tool to analyze what effects sea level rise and climate change will have on tidal marsh species within the San Francisco Estuary. Sam’s work is dedicated to the development of tools, frameworks and techniques for transforming the wealth of scientific data compiled by Point Blue and its partners into successful conservation outcomes and ecosystem knowledge.

    Updated: February 21, 2017