Are you interested in joining COAST? We are always looking for new team members and collaborators.


Undergraduate Research

Are you an undergraduate student interested in coastal hazards or coastal engineering? We are looking to hire undergraduate students to participate in our research efforts to aid the development of hurricane storm surge models and contemporary visualization. Specific areas of interest include computer programming and algorithm development, web-based geographic information system (GIS) design, storm surge model development, geospatial optimization, data visualization, and high-performance computing. The undergraduate students will work with Dr. Bilskie, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers. Students will have the opportunity to use high-performance computing equipment and be included in peer-reviewed journal articles. Please contact Dr. Matthew Bilskie by email at with the subject heading “Undergraduate Research Inquiry” and provide a brief cover letter and resume.

Desired skills and experience: ECAM student or CS students. Experience with GIS and/or computer programming (Python, Matlab, FORTRAN, etc.); ability to work effectively in a team-based setting; ability to meet deadlines and project goals; strong interest in numerical modeling and/or coastal hazards.

Other skills a PLUS (not required): Experience in deploying online GIS-based platforms; raster processing; and developing user interfaces.

Graduate Research

Interested in pursuing an MS or PhD degree focused on the cutting edge of coastal engineering, hazards, and resiliency? Are you interested in working in a multidisciplinary environment and engaging with the public, private, and federal sector?

We seek highly-motivated MS or PhD students to work with Dr. Matthew Bilskie in the general area of high-performance computational and large-scale modeling of coastal inundation and their impacts on coastal systems and communities for present and future conditions (including climate change and sea level rise). Specific focus areas for independent research include real-time hurricane storm surge forecasting; compound flood modeling (rainfall-runoff, high river flows, and coastal storm surge); event-driven and long-term barrier island evolution; unstructured mesh generation; and natural- and nature-based feature implementation and assessment.

Qualifications: Candidates should have been awarded a BS degree in Civil, Environmental, or Coastal Engineering or a related field (MS is preferred for PhD students). The ideal candidate will have experience with computer programming /scripting (Matlab, Fortran, Python, R, bash scripting, etc.), the Linux command line, and GIS. Strong communication and writing skills are essential and the ability to work within a lab group setting. Although it is not necessary to have all of these skills initially, the ideal candidate will have a willingness to learn from others and the motivation to self-teach skills.

Please contact Dr. Matthew Bilskie by email at with the subject heading “UGA Graduate Student Inquiry – Dr. Bilskie” and provide a cover letter, CV, and contact information for at least three references.