Katherine Anarde

Assistant Professor (Starting Fall 2021)

  • Fitts Woolard Hall

Dr. Katherine Anarde will be joining the faculty in August 2021 as an Assistant Professor in the Environmental, Water Resources, and Coastal Engineering Group. Her research focuses on characterizing human-landscape interactions in the coastal zone during storm events and over timescales that encapsulate the effects of climate and policy forcing.

Anarde earned her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Rice University in 2019 and her B.S. in Geology (Geophysics emphasis) from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2011. She is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Coastal Environmental Change Lab at UNC Chapel Hill and Project Manager for the Collaboratory for Coastal Adaptation over Space and Time (C-CoAST), an NSF CoPe Research Coordination Network.

Prospective Graduate Students: Please contact me if you would like to learn more about opportunities for joining my research group!


Ph.D. 2019

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Rice University

B.S. 2011


University of Colorado Boulder

Research Description

Dr. Anarde's recent and ongoing work combines observational and numerical approaches to investigate barrier island response to sea level rise, human activities, and storms; meteotsunami generation and contributions to extreme water levels during tropical cyclones; and the role of infragravity waves in overwash processes. Her research is largely interdisciplinary and involves collaboration with economists, geomorphologists, structural engineers, urban planners, and behavioral scientists, as well as coastal stakeholders.