Program: Robert E. Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship

Assignment: Kai is working to predict how climate change will affect estuaries in the future. His research attempts to combine the various ways a changing climate may impact nearshore oceanography within a coupled modeling framework that allows a greatly improved understanding of these complex systems. His current project is focused on developing results that are guided by stakeholder interaction, and are therefore intrinsically actionable, to help communities prepare for the challenges of climate change.

Education: Kai received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in 2012. After working a year in industry, he entered the Coastal and Ocean Engineering Department at Oregon State University. He is currently a third-year Ph.D. student working in Dr. David Hill’s Coastal Water Resources group.

Professional and Research Interests: Kai is interested in coastal processes and how they change, in particular on longer timescales, and the effects of change on both the ecosystems and communities of our coasts. Much of his research has been on estuaries and coastal hazards, but he hopes to expand this scope to understand the broad, multi-disciplinary scope of our changing coastlines.