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Assistant Professor, Coastal Processes & GIS
Year Started at JMU: 2012
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Research Description

I am interested in coastal environments - mainly barrier islands and tidal inlets. My prior research has focused on sediment transport in tidal inlets and navigation channels. I am presently expanding this research to look at larger scale morphologic changes along our coastline. The Delmarva Peninsula is an exceptional area for investigating the dynamics of barrier island systems. I’d like to combine field studies, numerical modeling, and GIS to examine the coastal processes along the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

  • GEOL 110L: Physical Geology Lab
  • GEOL 211: Introduction to Oceanography
  • ISCI 104: Scientific Perspectives
  • PhD in Earth Sciences, 2007, Boston University
  • MS in Marine Environmental Sciences, 2000, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • BS in Natural Resources, 1992, University of Rhode Island
Select Publications
  • Karen S. McNeal, Katherine Ryker, Shelley Whitmeyer, Scott Giorgis, Rachel Atkins, Nicole LaDue, Christine Clark, Nick Soltis & Thomas Pingel (2019) A multi-institutional study of inquiry-based lab activities using the Augmented Reality Sandbox: impacts on undergraduate student learning, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2019.1694875
  • Whitmeyer, S.J., and FitzGerald, D.M., 2008. Episodic dynamics of a sand wave field. Marine Geology, 252(1-2), pp. 24-37.
  • Whitmeyer, S.J. and DeBrun, G., 2015. Field trips in large, introductory classrooms- Why not?, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 47, No. 7., National GSA Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

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