William Nardin

Photo of William Nardin Assistant Professor
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Horn Point Laboratory
Email: wnardin@umces.edu
Phone: 410-221-8232

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

Coastal environment
Fate and Transport of Microplastic
Nature based solutions

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Biographical Sketch

My research goal is to understand the fundamental geomorphic mechanisms governing the evolution of coastal environments and to predict their long-term trajectories under different scenarios.

My current research plan has two main topics: 1) the impact of storms and sea level rise on wetlands eco-geomorphology; 2) coupling between river (and estuaries) hydrodynamics and coastal processes, with a particular focus on the impact of waves. My studies have a balanced method for a wide range of scientific fields: numerical modeling, fieldwork, remote sensing and laboratory experiments.


  • University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy, 2001, B.S. and M.S., Environmental Engineering
  • University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy, 2013, Ph.D., Environmental Engineering

Ongoing and Recent CESU Projects

Tidal marsh sediment dynamics at Poplar Island, MD

Assessing shoreline erosion and sediment deposition as contrasting influences on the sustainability of natural marshes and living shorelines

Microplastic Debris: Novel tools to assess the deposition and degradation in coastal wetlands and open water

Other Research


Submerged Aquatic Vegetation

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