Associate Professor of Coastal Geomorphology


Office: 212 Mitchell
Lab: 221 Mitchell
Phone: (919) 962-5960


B.A. Colgate University, 1993
Ph.D. University of California Santa Cruz, 1998

Research Webpage

Research Interests

My interdisciplinary research program focuses on the response of low-lying coastal environments to climate change and the development of new approaches to communicating climate change impacts to the general public. Recent and ongoing work relies on the merging of observational and numerical approaches to investigate barrier island response to sea level rise; coastal foredune dynamics and the role of dunes in island evolution; couplings among barrier islands, back-barrier marshes and bays; large-scale coastline response to changing wave climate; feedbacks and interactions between human activities and natural processes that affect coastline evolution; and novel arts-based approaches to climate change education. My work involves collaborations with ecologists, economists, engineers, hydrologists, oceanographers, education researchers, behavioral scientists, computer scientists and dramatic artists, as well as coastal stakeholders.

Selected Recent Publications (see research website for a full list)

Cohn, N., Hoonhout, B.M., Goldstein, E.B., de Vries, S., Moore, L.J., Durán Vinent O., and Ruggiero, P.R., 2019. Exploring Marine and Aeolian Controls on Coastal   Foredune Growth Using a Coupled Numerical Model, In special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, G. Ruessink and C. Schwarz, eds. DOI: 

Moore, L.J. and Murray, A.B., 2018. Barrier dynamics and response to changing climate. Springer, New York, 395p, DOI:

Goldstein, E.B., Moore, L.J., and Durán Vinent, O., 2017.  Vegetation controls on maximum coastal foredune ‘hummockiness’ and annealing time. Earth Surface Dynamics, 5, 417-427, DOI: 10.5194/esurf-5-417-2017

Lauzon, R., Murray, A.B., Moore, L.J., Walters, D., Kirwan, M., Fagherazzi, S., 2018. Effects of marsh edge erosion in coupled barrier island-marsh systems and geometric constraints on marsh evolution. Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface, v. 123 n. 6, pp. 1218-1234, DOI:

Moore, L.J., Ruggiero, P. and Duran, O., 2016. Vegetation control allows autocyclic formation of multiple dunes. Geology, v. 44, n. 7.  DOI: 10.1130/G37778.1


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