Research Associate/U.S. Geological Survey
Educational & Professional Experience
Ph.D. - Marine Geology and Geophysics, University of Hawaii, 2001
M.S. - Marine Geology and Geophysics, University of Hawaii, 1997
B.A. - Geography, University of California, Berkeley, 1989
Graduate and Undergraduate Studies and Internship Opportunities
Please contact me if you are interested in coastal research, I am always seeking candidates with quantitative, modeling and coding skills.
Areas of Expertise
Coastal Geology and Marine Geophysics
Nearshore Processes and Sediment Transport Modeling
Coastal Hazards, Vulnerability and Adaptation Science
Quaternary Geology, Sea Level and Climate Change
Seafloor Mapping and Shallow Geophysics
Carbonate Reef Geology and Diagenesis, Submarine Groundwater Discharge
- Introduction to Geology
- Introduction to Geology Laboratory
- Guest lectures in Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Oceanography, Marine Geology, Climate Change, Remote Sensing
Recent M.S. Students
M.S. Thesis, Avery Maverick (In Progress) Western Washington University, “Controls on wave runup and coastal storm impacts on mixed sediment beaches for coastal evolution modeling.
M.S. Thesis, Nathan vanArendonk (In Progress) Western Washington University, “Assessing Coastal Vulnerability to Storm Surge and Wave Impacts with Projected Sea-Level Rise within the Salish Sea”.
M.S. Thesis, Stefan Pluis. 2017. Utrecht University, Netherlands, “Sediment transport and impact of a diversion and sea-level rise on the routing of sediment in large river delta, Nisqually River Delta, Western Washington”.
M.S. Thesis, Amelia Deull-Rothleutner. 2017. Western Washington University, “Sediment Budget of the Middle Reach Skagit River, Washington 1937-2015 Reveals Decadal Variations in Sediment Export and Storage”.
M.S. Thesis, Chad Stellern. 2016. Western Washington University, “Emergent Wetland Plant Biophysical Characteristics Associated with Wave Attenuation and Sediment Retention".M.S. Thesis, David Droppers, Western Washington University, ongoing, "Sediment Disturbance to Foraging Seabirds in the Skagit River Delta, Washington "
M.S. Thesis, Meghan Weaver, Western Washington University, 2013, "Identification of Erosion Controls Acting on the Beaches and Bluffs of Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve, Washington "
M.S. Thesis, Anna Davenport, San Francisco State University, 2012, "Eelgrass dynamics in response to wetland restoration at Nisqually Delta"
Ph.D. Dissertation Committee, Karen Lisa-Knee, Stanford University, 2010, "Submarine Groundwater Discharge and Associated Nutrient Subsidies to the Hawaiian Coast"
M.S. Thesis, Joel Breems, Univ. of Washington, 2009, "Assessing the Impacts of Wood Waste on Nearshore Habitat Function in Thatcher Bay Washington" Degree conferred: Feb. 2009
Post-Doctoral, David Finlayson, USGS Mendenhall, 2006, "Sediment Dynamics of Puget Sound Beaches
Selected Awards & Honors
2012 USGS Western States Diversity Award for innovative, transboundary and transcultural research with Pacific Northwest Tribes and Canadian First Nations.
2012 Washington State Governor's Smart Communities Award for research and leadership as part of the Skagit Climate Science Consortium and its input to EnvisionSkagit2060.
2011 Coastal America Award for design and implementation of integrated, interagency ecosystem restoration research Nisqually River Delta.
2010 USGS Western Region Science Strategy Success Award for implementing a nationally-recognized interdisciplinary research program in response to the National Academy of Science’s 2001 review of USGS science
2009 Department of Interior Partners in Cooperation Award for building a novel trans-boundary science program linking western science and Coast Salish traditional ways to improve understanding of the Salish Sea.
2009 Seattle Federal Executive Board Above and Beyond Award for dedication and excellence in public service for science and partnering across PNW agencies and Coast Salish Tribes and First Nations.
I currently lead the USGS Coastal Habitats in Puget Sound Project that examines the transport dynamics and fate of fluvial and littoral sediment in the coastal system. This effort is focused on sediment transport in mixed sediment beach systems to address the fate of beaches and bluffs, important coastal habitats, and coastal change in light of sea level rise. This project uses measurements and modeling to examine potential coastal change as well as evaluate the influence of contaminants, particularly those preferentially transported with fine sediment to fish, shellfish and crustaceans (e.g., crab). I also co-lead development of the Puget Sound Coastal Storm Modeling System (PS-CoSMoS) which is a modeling framework to evaluate how coastal storms and waves will interact with sea level rise and changes in river flows/floods and their impacts to coastal lands and resources. This project integrates downscaling of global climate models and watershed hydrology with coastal hydrodynamic modeling (see my Research Webpage).
Please contact me if you are interested or considering a graduate degree, senior honors thesis in these topics - I am looking for enthusiastic, motivated students with strong quantitative and coding skills.
Grossman, E.E., Dartnell, P., Finalyson, D., Stevens, A., George, D. In Review. Sediment export and impacts associated with river delta channelization compounds estuary vulnerability to sea-level rise, Skagit River Delta, Washington. Submitted to Marine Geology.
Rubin, S. P., Hayes, M. and Grossman, E.E., 2018. Juvenile Chinook salmon and forage fish use of delta eelgrass influenced by diking and river channelization. Marine and Coastal Fisheries. pp. 58.
Miller, I.M., Morgan, H., Mauger, G., Newton, T., Weldon, R., Schmidt, D., Welch, M., Grossman, E. 2018. Projected Sea Level Rise for Washington State – A 2018 Assessment. A collaboration of Washington Sea Grant, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Oregon State University, University of Washington, and US Geological Survey. Prepared for the Washington Coastal Resilience Project. http://www.wacoastalnetwork.com/wcrp-documents.html
Anderson, S.W., and Grossman, E.E., 2017, Topographic and bathymetric elevation data for the Nooksack River, Fall 2015: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F72B8W7M.
Anderson, S.W., Curran, C.A., and Grossman, E.E., 2017, Suspended-sediment loads in the lower Stillaguamish River, Snohomish County, Washington, 2014–15: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1066, 10 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171066.
Hodgson, S., Ellings, C.S., Rubin, S.P., Hayes, M.C., Duval, W.C., Grossman. E.E. 2017. 2010-2015 Juvenile Fish Ecology in the Nisqually River Delta and Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve. Salmon Recovery Program Technical Report No.2016-1. pp. 40.
Grossman, E.E., Dartnell, P. and Finlayson, D. 2017. High-resolution bathymetry and acoustic-backscatter data collected in 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2010 in Skagit Bay, Washington. U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7WD3Z2F
Curran, C.A., Grossman, E.E., Mastin, M.C., and Huffman, R.L., 2016, Sediment load and distribution in the lower Skagit River, Skagit County, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5106, 24 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165106.
Ellings,,C.S., Davis, M. J., Grossman, E.E., Hodgson, S., Turner, K.L., Woo, I., Nakai, G. and Takekawa, J.Y. 2016. Post-restoration changes in opportunity development for outmigrating salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.) in restored estuary habitat. Restoration Ecology
Hamman, J.J., Hamlet, AF, Fuller, R, Grossman, E. 2016. Effects of Projected 21st Century Sea Level Rise, Storm Surge, and River Flooding on Water Levels in the Skagit River Floodplain. Northwest Science. 90(1):57-78.
Hood, W.G., Grossman, E.E., Veldhuisen, C. 2016. Assessing tidal marsh vulnerability to sea-level rise in the Skagit River Delta. Northwest Science. 90(1):79-93
Lee, Se-Yeun, A. F. Hamlet, E. Grossman. 2016. Impacts of Climate Change on Flood Control, Hydropower Production, Regulated Low Flows, and Sediment Discharge in the Skagit River Basin. Northwest Science. 90(1): 23-43
Donatuto, J., Grossman, EE, Konovsky, J, Grossman, SK, and Cambell, LW. 2014. Indigenous Community Health and Climate Change: Integrating Biophysical and Social Science Indicators, Coastal Management, 42:4, 355-373.
Grossman, E.E. and Grossman, S.K. (2014). Salish Sea Surface Waters: Tribal Journey Water Quality Project (TJWQP). In, PSEMP Marine Waters Workgroup, Puget Sound marine waters: 2013 overview.
Hubbard, D, Gischler, E., Davies, P, Montaggioni, L, Camoin, G, Dullo, W, Storlazzi, C, Field, M, Fletcher, C, Grossman, E, Sheppard, C, Lescinsky, H, Fenner, D, McManus, J, Scheffers, S. 2014. Islands Outlook: Warm and Swampy, Science: 345:6203: 1461-1462.
Tucker, DS, Scott, KM, Grossman, EE, Linneman, S. 2014. Mount Baker lahars and debris flows, ancient, modern and future. In, Dashtgard, S. and Ward, B., eds., Geol. Soc. of America Field Guide 38, p. 33–52.
Grossman, E.E., Logan, J.B., Presto, M.K., and Storlazzi, C.D. 2010. Submarine Groundwater discharge and fate along the coast of Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Hawaii: Part III: Spatial and temporal properties of nearshore waters and coastal groundwater plumes. USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2010-5081, pp. 76. [http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2010/5081/].
Knee, KL, Street, JH, Grossman, E.E., Boehm, AB, and Paytan, A. 2010. Nutrient inputs to the coastal ocean from submarine groundwater discharge in a groundwater-dominated system (Kona coast, Hawai`i, USA). Limnology and Oceanography. Vol. 55(3), pp. 1105-1122.