Matt Hiatt headshotMatthew Hiatt

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences

Phone: 225-578-6092


Office:  2235 Energy, Coast and Environment Building

Bachelor's Degree(s): B.S.C.E. Civil Engineering, University of Kansas, 2011

Master’s Degree(s): M.S.E. Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2013

Ph.D.(s): Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2016

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Research Interests

Coastal hydrology, environmental fluid dynamics, harmful algal blooms, water transport timescales in deltas and wetlands, hydrological connectivity in coastal environments, network analysis, nearshore waves

Recent Publications

Google Scholar Profile

Castaneda-Moya, E., Rivera-Monroy, V. H., Chambers, R. M., Zhao, X., Lamb-Wotton, L., Gorsky, A., Glaiser, E. E., Troxler, T. G., Kominosky, J. S., Hiatt, M. (2020). Hurricanes fertilize mangrove forests in the Gulf of Mexico (Florida Everglades, USA). Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, 117(9), 4831-4841.

Hiatt, M., Sonke, W., Addink, E. A., van Dijk, W. M., van Krevald, M., Ophelders, T., Verbeek, K., Vlaming, J., Speckmann, B., Kleinhans, M. G. (2020). Geometry and topology of estuary and braided river channel networks automatically extracted from topographic data. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 125, e2019JF005206.

Hiatt, M., Snedden, G., Day, J. W., Rohli, R. V., Nyman, J. A., Lane, R., Sharp, L. A. (2019). Drivers and impacts of water level fluctuations in the Mississippi River delta: Implications for delta restoration. Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science.

van Dijk, W., Hiatt, M., van der Werf, J., Kleinhans, M. G. (2019). Effect of perturbations by shoal margin collapses on the morphodynamics of a sandy estuary. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface.

Hiatt, M., Castaneda-Moya, E., Twilley, R. R., Hodges, B. R., Passalacqua, P. (2018). Channel-island connectivity affects exposure time distributions in a coastal river delta. Water Resources Research, 54.

Wright, K., Hiatt, M., Passalacqua, P. (2018).  Hydrological Connectivity in Vegetated River Deltas: The Importance of Patchiness Below a Threshold. Geophysical Research Letters, 45.