Kirk F. Bosma, PE, is a Senior Coastal Engineer and Innovation Director at Woods Hole Group. His areas of expertise include numerical modeling of coastal and estuarine processes, coastal engineering design for shore protection, wave propagation and transformation, sediment transport and littoral processes, hydraulics for marsh restoration, climate change vulnerability assessments and engineering adaptations, habitat restoration, and implementation of coastal engineering projects.
Kirk has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of coastal sciences and engineering as well as climate change and resilient design, specializing in the areas of developing gray, green, and hybrid coastal engineering adaptations for fostering urban and rural resiliency in a cost-effective approach. Kirk’s work on the MassDOT-FHWA Central Artery in Boston is a model for vulnerability assessment of coastal infrastructure. He specializes in applying numerical models to optimize engineering designs and reduce overall project life cycle costs.
Kirk has been the project manager for both large coastal restoration and marsh restoration projects that have included implementation of a comprehensive data collection, physical processes modeling programs, evaluation of a variety of restoration alternatives, and engineering design. Most recently, Kirk has worked closely with UMass Boston, including a holistic accounting of ecosystem services of “Green Infrastructure and Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF)” in an urbanized coastal environment. This included modeling the effectiveness of green infrastructure and nature-based solutions for providing protection against dynamic storm conditions under a changing climate.
Kirk earned his Master of Science in Coastal Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1996 and his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1994.