Julia Hopkins

Assistant Professor,  Civil and Environmental Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Marine and Environmental Sciences

Contact

Office

  • 457 SN

Research Focus

Coastal morphodynamics, including effects of extreme weather events on sediment transport in the surf zone; wave-current interactions in the nearshore; developing and implementing field-verified numerical models to study coastal processes, informing coastal management with process-based research

Education

  • PhD, Applied Ocean Science and Engineering, MIT, 2017

Honors & Awards

  • MIT Climate Changed Design Competition – First Place

Research Overview

Coastal morphodynamics, including effects of extreme weather events on sediment transport in the surf zone; wave-current interactions in the nearshore; developing and implementing field-verified numerical models to study coastal processes, informing coastal management with process-based research

Selected Research Projects

  • SBIR Phase I: The Emerald Tutu
    Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation

Selected Publications

  • J. Hopkins, M.A. de Schipper, M. Wengrove, F. De Wit, B. Castelle, Observations and Numerical Model Results of Morphodynamic Feedback Owing to Wave-Current Interaction, Coastal Sediments 2019, 553–564
  • J. Hopkins, S. Elgar, B. Raubenheimer, Storm Impact on Morphological Evolution of a Sandy Inlet, Journal of Geophysical Research, 123, 2018, 5751-5762
  • J. Hopkins, S. Elgar, B. Raubenheimer, Flow Separation Effects on Shoreline Evolution, Coastal Engineering, 125, 2016, 23-27
  • J. Hopkins, S. Elgar, B. Raubenheimer, Observations and Model Simulations of Wavecurrent Interaction on the Inner Shelf, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 120, 2015, 1–11
  • V.J. Coles, M.T. Brooks, J. Hopkins, M.R. Stukel, P.L. Yager, R.R. Hood, The Pathways and Properties of the Amazon River Plume in the Tropical North Atlantic Ocean, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 118, 2013, 6894–6913

Faculty

Oct 25, 2022

Using Natural Barriers to Help Prevent Flooding

For those areas devastated by Hurricane Ian, Northeastern experts encourage residents to build in natural buffers to protect against flooding when rebuilding. With storms threatening to intensify, should Floridians stay or should they go? With hundreds of Floridians remaining in shelters weeks after Hurricane Ian devastated swathes of the Sunshine state, the question many residents […]

Faculty

Jul 13, 2022

Protecting Coastlines with Floating Wetlands

CEE Assistant Professor Julia Hopkins is working to design an “Emerald Tutu” of floating wetlands to protect shorelines from waves and coastal erosion.

Julia Hopkins

Faculty

Jul 11, 2022

Northeastern researchers have a plan to protect Boston from rising sea levels: floating vegetation mats they call the ‘Emerald Tutu’

CEE Assistant Professor Julia Hopkins was featured in the Boston Globe article “Northeastern researchers have a plan to protect Boston from rising sea levels: floating vegetation mats they call the ‘Emerald Tutu’.” Hopkins’ research with the Emerald Tutu has also been featured in Yahoo.com, MSN.com, The Guardian, and Boston 25 New’s Youtube Channel.

Faculty

Apr 28, 2022

FY23 TIER 1 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 15 COE faculty and affiliates who were recipients of FY23 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 13 different projects.

aerial view of city on the coast

Faculty

Sep 29, 2020

Julia Hopkins is Lead Scientist on New NSF Grant for ‘Emerald Tutu’

CEE Assistant Professor Julia Hopkins was named the lead scientist on a new NSF Small Business Innovation Research grant for research and development of a nearshore solution for coastal flooding.

Julia Hopkins

Faculty

Sep 02, 2020

New Faculty Spotlight: Julia Hopkins

Julia Hopkins joins the Civil and Environmental Engineering department in August 2020 as an Assistant Professor.

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