Erin Hackett

Erin Hackett


Phone: 843-349-4087 Email: Office Hours:

Office hours: by appointment



Ph.D., Physical Oceanography, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University
M.C.E., Civil Engineering, Johns Hopkins University  
B.S., Physics, Roanoke College

Erin Hackett's vita

CSCC 178: Environmental Fluids Lab
Department of Marine Science
Coastal Carolina University

Research Interests

  • Coastal ocean physical oceanography
  • Ocean surface waves
  • Turbulent boundary layers
  • Radar remote sensing
  • Electromagnetic wave propagation in the marine environment
  • Marine atmospheric boundary layer

Courses Taught

  • Essentials of Physics II
  • Statics
  • Coastal Marine and Wetland Processes
  • Temporal and Spatial Analysis
  • Introduction to Scientific Computing
  • Fluids Forum
  • Topics in Environmental Fluids
  • Physical Oceanography

Graduate Students

  • Jensine Coggin (M.S.)
  • Daniel Greenway (M.S. 2021; current Ph.D.)
  • Andrew Kammerer (M.S., 2017)
  • Ian Matsko (M.S., 2018)
  • Nathan Lentini (M.S., 2015)
  • Doug Pastore (M.S., 2018; current Ph.D.)
  • Matthew Rodriguez (M.S. 2021)
  • Mathew Stanek (M.S., 2018; current Ph.D.)
  • Vivian Turner (M.S. 2020)
  • Sarah Wessinger (M.S., 2022)



Pastore, Douglas M., Yamaguchi, Ryan T., Wang, Qing, and Hackett, E.E., 2023, On the Variability of In Situ Surface Layer Refractivity Measurements, Atmosphere, 14(7), 1085;

Stanek, Matthew J., Pastore, Douglas M., and Hackett, E.E., 2023, A Novel Near-Surface Wave-Coherent Instantaneous Profiling System for Atmospheric Measurements, Sensors, 23(8), 4099;


Pastore, D. M., Wessinger, S. E., Greenway, D. P., Stanek, M. J., Burkholder, R. J., Haack, T., Wang, Q. and E.E. Hackett, 2022, Refractivity inversions from point-to-point X-band radar propagation measurements, Radio Science, 57, e2021RS007345.


Pastore, D.M., D.P. Greenway, M.J. Stanek, S.E. Wessinger, T.P. Haack, Q. Wang, and E.E. Hackett, 2021, Comparison of atmospheric refractivity estimation methods and their influence on radar propagation predictions, Radio Science, 56, e2020RS007244.

Nafi, A.S., K. Krishnan, A.K. Debnath, E.E. Hackett, and R. Gurka, 2021, Wake characteristics of a freely rotating bioinspired swept rotor blade. R. Soc. Open Sci., 8, 210779.


Lambert, W. B., M.J. Stanek, R. Gurka, and E.E. Hackett, 2019, Leading-edge vortices over swept-back wings with varying sweep geometries, Royal Society Open Science, 6: 190514.

Pastore, D.M., R.N. Peterson, D.B. Fribance, R. Viso, and E.E. Hackett, 2019, Hydrodynamic drivers of dissolved oxygen variability within a tidal creek in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Water, 11(8), 1723. doi:10.3390/w11081723.

Kammerer, A.J. and E.E. Hackett, 2019, Group line energy in phase-resolved ocean surface wave orbital velocity reconstructions from X-band Doppler radar measurements of the sea surface, Remote Sensing, 11(1), 71. doi:10.3390/rs11010071.

Matsko, I.J. and E.E. Hackett, 2019, Impact of radar data sampling on the accuracy of atmospheric refractivity inversions over marine surfaces, Radio Science, 54.

Hackett, E.E. and R. Gurka, 2019, Simultaneous measurement of turbulence and particle kinematics using flow imaging techniques, Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), 145, e58036. doi:10.3791/58036.

Lawley, J., H. Ben-Gida, K. Krishnan, E.E. Hackett, G.A. Kopp, G. Morgan, C.G. Guglielmo, and R. Gurka, 2019, Wake flow features associated with noise reduction in Boobook owl during flapping flight, Integrative Organismal Biology, obz001.


Matsko, I.J. and E.E. Hackett, 2018, Impact of data selection on the accuracy of atmospheric refractivity evaporative duct inversions using genetic algorithms, Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and U.S. National Committee URSI Radio Science Meeting, Boston, MA.

Penton, S.E., and E.E. Hackett, 2018, Rough ocean surface effects on evaporative duct atmospheric refractivity inversions using genetic algorithms, Radio Science, 53. doi:10.1029/2017RS006440.


Kammerer, A.J. and E.E. Hackett, 2017, Use of proper orthogonal decomposition for extraction of ocean surface wave fields from X-band radar measurements of the sea surface, Remote Sensing, 9, 881.

Troup, M.L., D.B. Fribance, S. Libes, R. Gurka and E.E. Hackett, 2017, Physical conditions of coastal hypoxia in Long Bay, South Carolina: 2006-2014, Estuaries and Coasts. doi:10.1007/s12237-017-0246-x.


Jacobs C.N., Merchant W., Jendrassak M., Limpasuvan V., Gurka R., and E.E. Hackett, 2016, Flow scales of influence on the settling velocities of particles with varying characteristics. PLoS ONE 11(8): e0159645. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0159645.


Hackett, E.E., A.M. Fullerton, C.F. Merrill, and T.C. Fu, 2015, Wave field characterization using dual-polarized pulse-Doppler X-band radar, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 53, 11, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2015.2427748.

Saeger, J.T., N.G. Grimes, H.E. Rickard, and E.E. Hackett, 2015, Evaluation of simplified evaporation duct refractivity models for inversion problems, Radio Science, 50, doi:10.1002/2014RS005642.

Lentini, N.E. and E.E. Hackett, 2015, Global sensitivity of parabolic equation radar wave propagation simulation to sea state and atmospheric refractivity structure, Radio Science, 50, doi:10.1002/2015RS005742.

Rickard, H.E., J.T. Saeger, and E.E. Hackett, 2015, Similarity and dissimilarity measures for comparison of propagation patterns, Proceedings of the IEEE AP-S and North American URSI Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.

Segreto, J.M., A.J. Kirchhefer, E.E. Hackett, C.G. Guglielmo, G.A. Kopp, and R. Gurka, 2015, Experimental study of the unsteady aerodynamics during flapping flight of birds: European Starling, Western Sandpiper, and American Robin, Proceedings of the 10th Pacific Symposium on Flow Visualization and Image Processing, Naples, Italy.


Hackett, E.E., C.F. Merrill, and J. Geiser, 2014, The application of proper orthogonal decomposition to complex wave fields, Proceedings of the 30th Symposium on Naval Hydrodynamics, 2-7 November, Hobart, Australia.


Fu, T.C., P.M. Bardet, E.E. Hackett, and A. Kowalski, 2012, “On the break-up of a turbulent liquid wall sheet,” Proceedings of the 18th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, 3-7 December, Launceston, Australia.

Hackett, E.E., J.B. Carneal, D.W. Pfitsch, A.M. Fullerton, D.C. Walker, T.C. Fu, D.C. Wyatt, T.T. O’Shea, K.A. Brucker, and D.G. Dommermuth, 2012, “An experimental and numerical study on the break-up of a turbulent liquid wall sheet,” Proceedings of the 29th Symposium on Naval Hydrodynamics, August 26-31, Gothenburg, Sweden.


Story W. R., Hackett E. E., and T. C. Fu, 2011, “Radar measurement of ocean waves,” Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore, and Artic Engineering, June 19-24th, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Hackett E. E., A. M. Fullerton, C. F. Merrill, and T. C. Fu, 2011, “Measurements of surface waves using low-grazing angle high-resolution pulse-Doppler radar,” Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore, and Artic Engineering, June 19-24th, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Fu T. C., A. M. Fullerton, Hackett E. E., and C. F. Merrill, 2011, “Shipboard measurement of ocean waves,” Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore, and Artic Engineering, June 19-24th, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Hackett E. E., L. Luznik, A. R. Nayak, J. Katz, and T. R. Osborn, 2011, “Field measurement of turbulence at an unstable interface between current and wave bottom boundary layers,” Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, C02022, doi:10.1029/2010JC006138, 18 pp.


Hackett E. E., L. Luznik, J. Katz, and T. R. Osborn, 2009, “Effect of finite spatial resolution on the turbulent energy spectrum measured in the coastal ocean bottom boundary layer,” Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 26, 12, 2610-2625.