Matthew V. Bilskie, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Advancing coastal resiliency

Telephone: 706-542-3936


0712C Boyd Graduate Research Building
200 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Matthew Bilskie's research interests include hurricane storm surge modeling for present and future conditions, real-time flood inundation forecasting, developing new methods to assess compound floods, communication with decision-makers, and natural- and nature-based feature implementation and assessment. He leads the Coastal Ocean Analysis and Simulation Team (COAST), a research team that develops computational hydrodynamic models to simulate astronomic tides, wind-waves, storm surge, and rainfall-runoff in coastal and oceanic environments.


Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University, 2016
M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2012
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2009

Research Interests

  • Climate Change and Sea Level Rise
  • Coastal Resiliency
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Natural and Nature-Based Infrastructure
  • Compound Flooding
  • Hurricane Storm Surge
  • Stakeholder Engagement

Professional Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, School of Environmental, Civil, Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering University of Georgia, 2020 - present
  • Research Scientist, Center for Coastal Resiliency, Louisiana State University, 2016-2020

Awards & Honors

  • Distinguished Dissertation Award – Honorable Mention “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” Louisiana State University, 2017
  • Distinguished Dissertation Award, College of Engineering, Louisiana State University, 2017

Selected Publications

Bilskie, M.V., S.C. Hagen, S.C. Medeiros, 2020, “Unstructured finite element mesh decimation for real-time hurricane storm surge forecasting,” Coastal Engineering. Vol. 156, doi:10.1016/j.coastaleng.2019.103622.

DeLorme, D.E., S.H. Stephens, M.V. Bilskie, S.C. Hagen, 2020, “Coastal decision-makers’ perspectives on updating storm surge guidance tools.” Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management. 28, 158-168, doi: 10.1111/1468-5973.12291.

Santiago-Collazo, F.L., M.V. Bilskie, S.C. Hagen, 2019, “A comprehensive review of compound inundation models in low-gradient coastal watersheds” Environmental Modelling & Software, Vol. 119, pp. 166-181, doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2019.06.002.

Bilskie, M.V., S.C. Hagen, J.L. Irish, 2018. “Development of return period stillwater floodplains for the northern Gulf of Mexico under the coastal dynamics of sea level rise,” ASCE Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, 145(2). doi:10.1061/(ASCE)WW.1943-5460.0000468.

Alizad, K., S.C. Hagen, S.C. Medeiros, M.V. Bilskie, J.T. Morris, L. Balthis, C.A. Buckel, 2018. “Dynamic responses and implications to coastal wetlands and the surrounding regions under sea level rise,” PLOS ONE, Vol. 13 (10).

Bilskie, M.V., S.C. Hagen, 2018. “Defining flood zone transitions in low-gradient coastal regions,” Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 45 (6), pp. 2761-2770, doi:10.1002/2018GL077524.

Bilskie, M.V., S.C. Hagen, S.C. Medeiros, A. Cox, M. Salisbury, D. Coggin, 2016, “Data and numerical analysis of astronomic tides, wind-waves, and hurricane storm surge along the northern Gulf of Mexico,” Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans, Vol. 121 (5), pp. 3625-3658, doi:10.1002/2015JC011400.

Bilskie, M.V., S.C. Hagen, K. Alizad, S.C. Medeiros, D.L. Passeri, H. Needham, A. Cox, 2016. "Dynamic simulation and numerical analysis of hurricane storm surge under sea level rise with geomorphologic changes along the northern Gulf of Mexico,”
Earth's Future, Vol. 4 (5), pp 177-193, doi:10.1002/2015EF000347.

Passeri, D.L., S.C. Hagen, S.C. Medeiros, M.V. Bilskie, K. Alizad, D. Wang, 2015. “The dynamic effects of sea level rise on coastal landscapes: a review,” Earth’s Future, Vol. 3 (6), pp. 159-181, doi:10.1002/2015EF000298.

Bilskie, M.V., S.C. Hagen, S.C. Medeiros, D.L. Passeri, 2014 “Dynamics of sea level rise and coastal flooding on a changing landscape,” Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 41, doi:10.1002/2013GL058759.


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