Environmental Scientist/Coastal GIS Analyst
Areas of Expertise
Conduct GIS data manipulations, analyses, and presentations
Conduct computer mapping/CAD data entry, manipulations, and analysis
Conduct project data/document/information archival and recording
Assist with preparation of project reports, presentations, and proposal
2009 B.S. Environmental Studies, University of Buffalo
Professional Science Master’s; Coastal & Ocean Administration, Science,
& Technology; UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science & Technology; in
Ms. Berlinghoff graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor
in Environmental Studies and a minor in Geography: Earth Systems
Science. Her coursework included
Geographic Information Systems, Maps & Mapping, Water Quality, Climatic
Geomorphology, Soil Science, Field & Lab Techniques, Field Ecology, and
Environmental Chemistry. Her internship with the Erie County Soil &
Water Conservation District in East Aurora, NY (fall 2008) provided
experience with erosion control projects and database management. Since
joining Applied Coastal Research and Engineering (Mashpee, MA) in
September 2009, Ms. Berlinghoff has provided technical support for
geographic information system (GIS) applications, as well as research
and writing for coastal science and engineering projects.
A majority of her work has been related to wetland change and sediment
transport in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to working full time for
Applied Coastal, she is working towards a Professional Science Master's
Degree in Coastal & Ocean Administration, Science, and Technology from
UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science & Technology. Her graduate
coursework thus far has included Geological Oceanography.
Development of a Sediment Budget for Mississippi Sound Barrier Islands.
Dredging data, including quantities and placement areas, were researched
and compiled for Federal navigation channels within Mississippi Sound.
This information was used to help track the movement of sand within the
littoral system of the Mississippi Sound Barrier Islands and aid in the
development of a comprehensive sediment budget. Support also was
provided in the organization of source data and creation of figures
Shoreline and Marsh Transect Surveys in Southeastern Louisiana.
Fifty-seven sites that were
classified as having varying degrees of oiling were visited in
Terrebonne and Barataria Bays. Using geodetic global positioning system
(GPS) instrumentation, the precise location of marsh shoreline position
and transect poles was collected. This information was later compiled in
GIS and used to document changes in shoreline position and influence of
oiling. In addition, assistance was provided for recording and
documenting marsh vegetation.
Mapping Marsh Edge in Southeastern Louisiana.
Historical and recent orthorectified aerial imagery was used to map and
document net changes in marsh shoreline position using GIS. Shoreline
change was calculated for various segments of coast, and historical
erosion rates were compared with rates determined for oiled marsh
Restoration Projects in the Gulf of Mexico.
Case studies were evaluated for 11 habitat restoration projects
throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Emphasis was placed on the application of
regional sediment management (RSM) principles. By documenting lessons
learned from past restoration projects, better sediment management
decisions can be applied towards future projects. The report was written
to be included in the Technical Framework for the Gulf Regional Sediment
Management Master Plan (GRSMMP).
Development of a Sediment Budget for Mobile Bay, Alabama.
Historical bathymetric and shoreline datasets were used to document the
elevation and shoreline position changes that have taken place in Mobile
Bay. Two new shoreline datasets were produced using GIS; a shoreline for
1847-50 was created by georeferencing and digitizing United States Coast
and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS) T-Sheets and a shoreline for 2010-11 was
interpreted and digitized from high-resolution orthoimagery. In
addition, dredging data were researched to assemble a detailed history
of the development of the Mobile Bay Ship Channel.
Shoreline Compilation and Change Assessment for Open-Coast Shorelines of
As part of the Louisiana Barrier Island Comprehensive Monitoring (BICM)
Program, historical shoreline positions between the 1850s and 2012 were
provided in a database for the purpose of quantifying shoreline change,
as well as producing shoreline change maps. Techniques employed for
evaluating existing data and creating new datasets included
georeferencing and digitizing historical USC&GS T-sheets, interpreting
and digitizing shorelines from orthoimagery, and utilizing shoreline
change analysis software to quantify changes between different time
periods. Areas of focus include the Mississippi River Deltaic Plain, the
Chenier Plain of southwest Louisiana, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, and
the Acadiana Bays. These data will be used to aid in the planning,
design, evaluation, and maintenance of current and future barrier
island/coastal restoration projects.
Wave Action and
Sediment Transport Modeling Effort for the Oak Bluffs Shoreline
Berlinghoff obtained and analyzed historical shorelines in ARCGIS for
the Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard region.
This consisted of georeferencing historical topographic sheets
and digitizing the shorelines, as well as digitizing shorelines from
more recent orthoimagery, using
LIDAR data. These shorelines were then overlayed onto 2005 orthoimagery
and the change was examined.
The Effect of
Jetties and Other Coastal Structures on Shorelines in
Lake Montauk, New York
shorelines were obtained and analyzed.
Shoreline change was calculated with ASAP and displayed on a map.
Conclusions were then made about the effects of the harbor jetties on
the beaches; littoral transport of sediment was halted by the east
jetty, leading to accretion on that side. Erosion then occurred on the
beaches west of the west jetty due to the blocking of the long-shore
Dredging Histories for North Pacific Harbors
Ms. Berlinghoff compiled dredging histories for Grays Harbor, Washington
and Coos Bay, Oregon, focusing on outer bar and entrance
channels. The information was extracted from USACE annual reports dating
back to 1878 and organized. Graphs were made to display quantities
dredged. This information is useful in determining sediment budgets.
Byrnes, M.R. and
Berlinghoff, J.L., 2012. Gulf Regional Sediment Management Master Plan:
Case Study Compilation. In:
Khalil, S.M., Parson, L.E., and Waters, J.P. (eds.),
Technical Framework for the Gulf
Regional Sediment Management Master Plan (GRSMMP), Journal of
Coastal Research, Special Issue, No. 60. West Palm Beach (Florida), ISSN
0749-0208, pp. 72-124.
Byrnes, M.R.; Rosati, J.D.; Griffee, S.F., and Berlinghoff, J.L., 2012.
Littoral Sediment Budget for the Mississippi Sound Barrier Islands.
Vicksburg, Mississippi: U.S. Army Engineering Research and Development
Center, Technical Report ERDC/CHL TR-12-9, 171p.
Byrnes, M.R.; Berlinghoff, J.L., and Griffee, S.F., 2013. Sediment
Dynamics in Mobile Bay, Alabama: Development of an Operational Sediment
Budget. Mobile, Alabama: Technical Report to the Mobile Bay National
Estuary Program, 134 p.
Byrnes, M.R.; Rosati, J.D.; Griffee,
S.F., and Berlinghoff, J.L., 2013. Historical Sediment Transport
Pathways and Quantities for Determining an Operational Sediment Budget:
Mississippi Sound Barrier Islands.
In: Brock, J.C., Williams, S.J., and Barras, J. (eds.),
Understanding and Predicting
change in Coastal Ecosystems of the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Journal
of Coastal Research, Special Issue, No. 63. West Palm Beach (Florida),
ISSN 0749-0208, pp. 166-183.