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Thieler, E. Robert Research Geologist, Coastal/Shelf Geology


Dr. Rob Thieler is a Research Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Rob received his B.A. in political science from Dickinson College, and his M.S. degree in environmental science and Ph.D. in geology from Duke University. Rob conducts marine geologic research on the geologic framework and evolution of the coastal zone. This includes understanding relationships between geology, sediment transport, climate and sea-level change, and coastal erosion. Rob has conducted assessments of sea-level rise vulnerability for the U.S. and locations worldwide. He recently served as a Lead Author of a U.S. Global Change Research Program report on potential impacts of sea-level rise. He works with many federal and state agencies to develop science and policy plans for addressing climate change impacts. Rob also studies habitat use and availability for beach-nesting and migratory shorebirds. Rob developed the widely-used DSAS software package for measuring coastal erosion and accretion and has recently developed smartphone applications for coastal science.

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