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Dr. Katie Castagno

Dr. Katie Castagno is a coastal geologist whose research interests focus on the ntersections among coastal resilience, salt marsh restoration, and sediment transport. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher studying the sediment dynamics of the Herring River and Wellfleet Harbor to document pre-restoration baseline conditions and support meaningful projections of future conditions with the Herring River Restoration Project, the largest tidal restoration project in New England.

Katie has a PhD in Geological Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography and a MA in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.


  • PhD, Geological Oceanography, MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography, 2019
    Thesis: Storm signatures in coastal ponds and marshes over the late Holocene
  • MA, Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island, 2014
    Thesis: Co-evaluation of success components in salt marsh restoration and the shellfish industry on outer Cape Cod, MA
  • BA, Environmental Geosciences, Smith College, 2012
    Thesis: Geochemical analysis of Cambro-Ordovician Cow Head Group carbonates in Western Newfoundland, Canada


  • 1/2021-Present Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown, MA
  • 2020 Instructor of Record, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • 2019-2020 Coastal Sustainability Postdoctoral Fellow, Northeastern University & The Nature Conservancy, Boston, MA
  • 2014-2019 Graduate Research Assistant, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA
  • 2012-2014 Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

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