Ph.D., Tulane University, 2017 M.S., University of New Orleans, 2011 B.S., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2004
Dr. Esposito's research interests include Hydraulics and Sediment Transport In River Deltas, Floodplain Sedimentation, Sedimentary Processes within Vegetation, Numerical Modeling of Coastal Morphology and Coastal Zone Management and Infrastructure
This project, developed in close collaboration with coastal restoration practitioners, aims to establish standardized data collection methodology for monitoring and predicting sediment transport within coastal wetland vegetation. The data collection efforts focus on the turbulence generated by marsh vegetation that can keep fine sediment from depositing even in low velocity environments. Restoration practitioners will be able to use the products of this project to improve predictions of marsh sustainability and better assess the effectiveness of restoration efforts.
Selected Recent Publications
Esposito, C.R., DiLeonardo, D., Harlan, M., & Straub, K.M. (2018). Sediment Storage Partitioning in Alluvial Stratigraphy: The Influence of Discharge Variability. Journal of Sedimentary Research.
Esposito, C. R., Shen, Z., Törnqvist, T. E., Marshak, J., & White, C. (2017). Efficient retention of mud drives land building on the Mississippi Delta plain. Earth Surface Dynamics, 5(3), 387–397. https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-5-387-2017
Esposito, C. R., Georgiou, I. Y., & Kolker, A. S. (2013). Hydrodynamic and geomorphic controls on mouth bar evolution. Geophysical Research Letters, 40(8), 1540–1545. https://doi.org/10.1002/grl.50333
Straub, K. M., & Esposito, C. R. (2013). Influence of water and sediment supply on the stratigraphic record of alluvial fans and deltas: Process controls on stratigraphic completeness. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1002/grl.50333