Julia Hopkins

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

Contact

Office

  • 457 SN
  • 617.373.8058

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

Sep 15, 2023

Ocean Sensors Study Wave and Storm Surge as Hurricane Lee Approaches

CEE Assistant Professor Julia Hopkins and CEE/MES Professor Jim Chen are deploying buoys and pressure sensors to collect data during Hurricane Lee to improve storm modeling and design nature-based solutions for coastal resilience.

Faculty

Jun 01, 2023

How Nature-based Solutions are Being Used to Fight Rising Seas

CEE Assistant Professor Julia Hopkins has been working to improve her designs for the Emerald Tutu project, a floating marshland made of interconnected mats of marsh grasses, which could serve as a defense system to protect against future floods caused by rising seas, while also purifying the surrounding waters.

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 […]

Julia Hopkins

In the Media

Aug 12, 2022

Can Nature-based Alternatives to Seawalls Keep the Waves at Bay?

“We’re not creating a solid barrier, but we’re using a network of these little units around the shoreline to achieve wave energy dissipation,” said Julia Hopkins, assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern University. (Featured in The Guardian)

Julia Hopkins

In the Media

Jul 19, 2022

Boston Public Radio Full Show: July 19, 2022

Julia Hopkins explained the focus of her “Emerald Tutu” project, which would create a skirt of floating greenery along the most vulnerable parts of Boston’s shore. Hopkins is an assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University, and on a team of researchers hoping to install an “Emerald Tutu” along the city’s coast. […]

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, Boston Globe, WBZ Newsradio, and Boston 25 New’s […]

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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