Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Hallie S Fischman '19

Biology ScB (MAR)
Research Mentor Mark Bertness


Coastal sand dunes act as a valuable buffer against sea level rise and storm surge. However, dune restoration efforts are notoriously unsuccessful. Hallie is looking at ways to optimize dune restoration through the planting of grasses at different configurations and densities in Georgia and Massachusetts. She discovered the optimum planting strategy to reestablish dunes across a variety of physical conditions.