Katherine A. Castagno
Postdoctoral Researcher | Center for Coastal Studies


I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, MA. I am researching the sediment dynamics of the Herring River and Wellfleet Harbor on outer Cape Cod, MA, to document pre-restoration baseline conditions and support meaningful projections of future conditions with the Herring River Restoration Project, the largest tidal restoration project in New England.

Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow appointed jointly with Northeastern University's Marine Science Center and The Nature Conservancy, studying nature-based shoreline stabilization techniques and marsh resilience to storms. I received my PhD from the MIT-WHOI Joint Program, where I studied how major storms impacted coastal New England over the last 2,000 years. I also received a master's in marine affairs from the University of Rhode Island, where I studied the relationships between salt marsh restoration and the shellfishing industry on the outer Cape.

As coastal populations continue to grow in both size and wealth, hurricanes and other major storms pose a growing threat to infrastructure, life, and environment. Sea-level rise has continued to threaten coastal communities at alarming rates, and evidence suggests that sea-level rise will exacerbate the effects of storm surge, increasing the potential for land loss. In New England, where both population and economic resources are concentrated largely along the coast, research into the impacts of increased storm intensity and sea-level rise, as well as research into shoreline stablization and restoration techniques, is imperative to resilience of these coastal communities.



As an environmental educator, I love opportunities to share science in fun and accessible ways. I am always happy to share demonstrations or lead field trips on various topics including climate, hurricanes, salt marshes, storm surge, coastal protection, sediment coring, and Cape Cod natural history. For more information about my outreach activities, please see my outreach resources webpage.

Woods Hole Science and Technology Education Partnership (WHSTEP) Family Science Night, Woods Hole, MA. Photo credit: WHSTEP.
Panelist for Wild Weather Weekend at the Boston Museum of Science, Boston, MA. Photo credit: E. Wallace.
Demonstrating storm surge for a third grade unit on extreme weather, East Falmouth, MA. Photo credit: EFES.
Leading a field lesson on overwash for Mashpee Wompanoag summer camp students, Falmouth, MA. Photo credit: S. Madsen.



Feel free to contact me anytime to discuss research, outreach opportunities, or musical gigs.

kcastagno (AT) coastalstudies.org

Center for Coastal Studies
5 Holway Ave
Provincetown, MA 02657