Julia Moriarty

Julia Moriarty

Assistant Professor

  • Assistant Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences



  • PhD: Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, the College of William & Mary, 2017
  • MS: Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, the College of William & Mary, 2012
  • BS: University of Chicago, 2009

Contact Information

(Office) 303 492-4771


Transport of sediment and nutrients; Coastal oceanography; Numerical modeling

Research Interests

Transport of sediment and associated nutrients in the coastal ocean impacts society by affecting: (1) carbon and nutrient cycling; (2) geomorphic change and coastal flooding; and (3) our interpretation of the geologic record. Yet, movement of material can be difficult to predict because of the many processes that affect it, causing it to vary in time and space. My research focuses on developing and using numerical models to increase our understanding of, andability to quantify, sediment and nutrient transport. I work in a variety of coastal environments, including estuaries and continental shelves. Research questions focus on understanding temporal and spatial variability, as well as the extent to which different processes affect sediment and nutrient transport in the coastal ocean.


  • Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, U.S. Geological Survey, 2017
  • Student Modeler Award, CSDMS (Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System), 2017
  • Editors' Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, AGU, J. of Geophysical Research, 2016
  • George R. Healy Fellowship Award, College of William & Mary, 2016
  • Ray Krone Award , INTERCOH (International Conference on Cohesive Sediment Transport Processes), 2015
  • Anchor QEA Scholarship Recipient, Anchor QEA, 2016
  • East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Fellow, NSF, 2013