Donna A.  Milligan

Senior Marine Scientist

Email: [[milligan]]
Phone: (804) 684-7596
Office: Brown House 204
Department: Physical Sciences

Education
  • BS in Marine Science, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina

  • MA in Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary

Research Interests

My research focuses on the geological and physical factors influencing shorezone systems and applies that knowledge to effective shoreline management. Projects with the Shoreline Studies Program generally include coastal geomorphology, wave mechanics and sediment transport, beach survey analysis, numerical modeling of hydrodynamic processes and shoreline change, and breakwater and beach nourishment performance. I also specialize in the application of state of the art technology in the field and in the lab which has led to improved sampling and analysis techniques particularly in beach mapping and survey data analysis.

Current Projects
  • Monitoring Protocol Implementation at Sandbridge Beach, Virginia

  • Shoreline Monitoring at Sandbridge, Virginia using Real-Time Kinematic GPS and an all terrain vehicle.

  • Chesapeake Bay Breakwater Database and Monitoring Project

  • Chesapeake Bay Dune Systems: Shore Evolution through GIS for select Jurisdictional Dune Localities.

  • Chesapeake Bay Beach Identification outside the Dune Act's Jurisdictional Localities

  • Shoreline Management Plan for the National Park Service's York River Shoreline

  • Public Beach Monitoring: Yorktown Public Beach

  • Public Beach Monitoring: Central and Castlewood Beaches

Selected Recent Publications
  • Hardaway, C.S., Jr., D.A. Milligan, C.A. Wilcox, L.M. Meneghini, G.R. Thomas, T.R. Comer, 2005. The Chesapeake Bay Breakwater Database Project: Hurricane Isabel Impacts to Four Breakwater Systems.Technical Report, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary, Gloucester Point, VA.

  • Milligan, D.A. , C.S. Hardaway, Jr., G.R. Thomas, L.M. Varnell, T. Barnard, W. Reay, T.R. Comer, and C.A. Wilcox, 2005. Chesapeake Bay Dune Systems: Monitoring Final Report. Technical Report, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary, Gloucester Point, VA.

  • Hardaway, C.S., Jr., D.A. Milligan, G.R. Thomas, L.M. Meneghini, 2005. Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base Chesapeake Bay Shoreline: Part 1 Shoreline Management Plan Update – 2002 and Part 2 Beach and Dune Impacts of the Proposed Shoreline Management Plan – 2004. Technical Report, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary, Gloucester Point, VA.

  • Hardaway, C.S., Jr., D.A. Milligan, L.M. Varnell, C.A. Wilcox, G.R. Thomas, and T.R. Comer, 2004. Shoreline Evolution, Chesapeake Bay Shoreline, Northampton County, VA. Technical Report, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary, Gloucester Point, VA.

  • Milligan, D.A . and C.S. Hardaway, Jr., 2003. Detailed Shore Change at Chesapeake Bay Dune Systems. Proceedings Coastal Sediments ’03.

  • Milligan, D. A., C. S. Hardaway, Jr., R.H. Brindley, G.R. Thomas, and L.M. Menghini, 2002. Public Beach Assessment Report, Central Beach and Castlewood Park Beach, Town of Colonial Beach. Technical Report, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary, Gloucester Point, VA.

  • Hardaway, Jr., C.S., L.M. Varnell, D.A. Milligan, W.I. Priest, G.R. Thomas, and R.C.H. Brindley, 2002. An integrated habitat enhancement approach to shoreline stabilization for a Chesapeake Bay island community. Wetlands Ecology and Management 10:289-302

  • Hardaway, Jr., C.S., L.M. Varnell, D.A. Milligan, G.R. Thomas, and C.H. Hobbs, III, 2001. Chesapeake Bay Dune Systems: Evolution and Status. Technical Report, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary, Gloucester Point, VA.

Shoreline Studies Program
Donna has been working for VIMS since 1994 and performs research on geological and physical factors influencing shorezone systems and applies that knowledge to effective shoreline management. Her research with the Shoreline Studies Program includes coastal geomorphology, wave mechanics and sediment transport, beach survey analysis, numerical modeling of hydrodynamic processes and shoreline change, and breakwater and beach nourishment performance.