Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center
Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Lab
24 Colovos Road
Durham, New Hampshire 03824
Lindsay McKenna is a Physical Scientist with the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), where she supports mapping operations aboard the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer. On shore, Lindsay works out of the Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping (IOCM) center, contributing to expeditions through data processing and archiving, operational planning, and mapping product development.
Prior to her position with OER, Lindsay worked at CCOM as a Project Director for a Hurricane Sandy research project. Lindsay developed methods to efficiently process and map lidar point cloud data to support habitat mapping and shoreline retreat in post-disaster situations. Lindsay initially joined the CCOM community in 2010 as a master's student. Her thesis, "Pattern's of bedform migration and mean tidal currents in Hampton Harbor Inlet," analyzed shallow-water bedform migration in a tidally modulated inlet along the New Hampshire coast. Lindsay participated in nearshore processes field work in New River, NC, and research cruises aboard the E/V Nautilus in the Eastern Mediterranean and the USCG Cutter Healy in the Arctic Ocean. Before graduate school, Lindsay was employed as a geologist at Malcolm Pirnie, Inc. in New Jersey, where she worked on a variety of water resource projects.
Lindsay earned her ScB in Geological Sciences from Brown University in 2007, and her MS in Earth Science - Ocean Mapping from the University of New Hampshire in 2013.