Researcher, Engineer, Lover of Coasts
I am a civil engineering researcher with a passion for the coastal environment. I use numerical computer models to study coastal physical processes: from storm surge and wind waves to stratification and sea level rise. I am incredibly curious, and eager to learn. And I love a good laugh.
Science. For Good.
My desire is to do science that makes a difference.
I started in Saint Lucia, working at government agencies dedicated to agricultural and environment sustainability. Through my PhD, I worked with coastal models and alongside brilliant people, dedicated to understanding and reducing flooding risk in the US Gulf Coast. I'm now in California, using coastal models as part of a research collaboration on San Francisco Bay-Delta ecosystem health, providing scientific understanding to aid environmental policies in the Bay for years to come.
It's science and it's good.
University of California, Berkeley
and Visiting Scientist,
US Geological Survey, Santa Cruz
October, 2016 - present
University of California, San Diego
August 2012 - September, 2016
US Geological Survey, Menlo Park
August 2012 - September, 2016
Developed close partnership with software developers Deltares as an advanced software user, using San Francisco Bay-Delta as testbed for software feature development
Partner in developing the San Francisco Bay-Delta Community Model: http://www.d3d-baydelta.org/
Enjoyed working within multi-agency collaborative environments involving government agencies, universities, and regional research agencies
PhD. Civil Engineering, University of Notre Dame
Dissertation: Toward a Unified Parameterization of Bottom Friction for Riverine, Tidal and Storm-Surge Analysis
Advisor: Joannes J. Westerink, Ph.D.
Graduation Date: January, 2013
My dissertation applied a coupled hydrodynamics and wind-wave model, SWAN+ADCIRC, of the US Gulf coast to investigate coastal inundation under high river flow and hurricane conditions. This work produced modeled flows for coastal Louisiana rivers under wide-ranging hydrological conditions, a time-varying river boundary condition with application during hurricanes, and modeled coastal inundation responses to mesh resolution and friction.
Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Concentration in Civil Engineering
Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA
Graduation Date: May, 2006
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Notre Dame
Course Instructor, Introduction to Engineering Programming
Course Co-Instructor, Methods of Civil Engineering Analysis II
Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2006-2008
Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering – Spring 2007, 2008
Computational Methods – Fall 2007, 2008
Introduction to Structural Engineering – Fall 2006
Government of Saint Lucia
Castries, Saint Lucia, 2001-2004
Skills & Memberships
Skills & Languages:
US Coastal & Estuarine Research FederationAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
Selected Publications & Reports
“Task 4: Hydrodynamics” in CASCaDE II Final Report to Delta Stewardship Council
CASCaDE: Computational Assessments of Scenarios of Change for the Delta Ecosystem, http://cascade.wr.usgs.gov/
Martyr, R., J. Helly, L. Lucas, N. Knowles, M. van der Wegen , D. Roelvink, A. van Dam, S. van der Pijl, H. Kernkamp, Julia Vroom. June, 2015
US IOOS Coastal and Ocean Modeling Testbed: Evaluation of tide, wave, and hurricane surge response sensitivities to mesh resolution and friction in the Gulf of Mexico
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 118, 4633-4661, DOI 10.1002/jgrc.20305, 2013
Kerr, P.C., R.C. Martyr, A.S. Donahue, J.J. Westerink, R.A. Luettich, Jr., M.E. Hope, J.C. Dietrich, C. Dawson, S. Tanaka, H.J. Westerink, L.G. Westerink. 2013.
Simulating Hurricane Storm Surge in the Lower Mississippi River under varying flow conditions
ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 139, 492‐ 501, 2013.
Martyr, R.C., J.C. Dietrich, J.J. Westerink, P.C. Kerr, C.N. Dawson, J. Smith, H. Pourtaheri, N. Powell, M. van Ledden, S. Tanaka, H. Roberts, H. Westerink, L. Westerink.
Surge generation mechanisms in the lower Mississippi River and discharge dependency
ASCE Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, 139, 326-335, 2013.
Kerr, P.C., J.J. Westerink, J.C. Dietrich, R.C. Martyr, S. Tanaka, D.R. Resio, H.J. Westerink, L.G. Westerink, J. Smith, T. Wamsley, M. van Ledden, W. de Jong.
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