photo: namikasSteven Namikas

Associate Professor


Ph.D. University of Southern California, 1999
M.S. Rutgers University, 1992
B.A. University of Windsor, 1988


Dr. Namikas is interested in coastal and aeolian geomorphology, particularly in issues related to sediment transport and short term processes operating in these environments. Ongoing projects are focused on key factors that influence aeolian sediment transport in coastal environments, including the roles of surface moisture content and vegetation. He is working with students to develop improved techniques and approaches to measuring and modeling the dynamics of these key factors, and to incorporate them into more realistic models of coastal aeolian systems.

Selected Publications

Schmutz, P. P. and S.L. Namikas. 2013. Measurement and modeling of moisture content above an oscillating water table: Implications for beach surface moisture dynamics. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 38: 1317–1325.

Edwards, B.L. and S.L. Namikas. 2011. Shoreline change trends in response to a detached breakwater field at Grand Isle, Louisiana. Journal of Coastal Research. 27: 698-705.

Namikas, S.L., B.L. Edwards, M.C. Bitton, J.L. Booth, and Y. Zhu. 2010. Temporal and spatial variability in the surface moisture-content of a fine-grained beach. Geomorphology. 114: 303-310.

Namikas, S.L., B.O. Bauer, B.L. Edwards, P.A. Hesp, and Y. Zhu. 2009. Measurements of aeolian mass flux distributions on a fine-grained beach: Implications for grain-bed collision mechanics. Journal of Coastal Research. SI56: 337-341.

Namikas, S.L. 2006. A conceptual model of energy partitioning in the collision of saltating grains with a sediment bed. Journal of Coastal Research. 22: 1250-1259.

Courses Taught

Coastal Geomorphology
Geographical Hydrology
Environmental Conservation
Environmental Monitoring
Introduction to Physical Geography


Howe-Russell-Kniffen Geoscience Complex
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-6142
Fax: 225-578-4420



Steven Namikas' CV