• Associate Professor, Ocean Engineering
Jens Figlus

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Delaware – 2010
  • M.Eng, Civil Engineering, University of Delaware – 2007
  • Dipl.-Ing, Civil Engineering, University of Karlsruhe (TH) – 2005

Research Interests

    • Coastal and hydraulic engineering

    • Sediment transport processes

    • Instrumentation for storm rapid response measurements

    • Beach, dune, and barrier island morphodynamics

    • Innovative coastal protection systems against storm surge, flooding, and erosion

    • Wave – structure – sediment interaction

    • Wave – vegetation – sediment interaction

Awards & Honors

  • Fulbright Scholar
  • ASCE Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Fellow
  • Tulla Medal, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Faculty Fellow, Texas A&M University - Galveston, Center for Texas Beaches and Shores

Selected Publications

  • Figlus, J., Song, Y.-K., Chardon-Maldonado, P., and Puleo, J. A. (2018). “Numerical Simulation of Post-Storm Recovery and Time-Averaged Swash Velocity on an Engineered Beach with Ridge-Runnel System.” International Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering
  • Sigren, J.M., Figlus, J., Highfield, W., Feagin R.A., and Armitage, A.R. (2018). “The Effects of Coastal Dune Volume and Vegetation on Storm-Induced Property Damage: A Hurricane Ike Case Study.” Journal of Coastal Research, 34/1
  • Torres-Freyermuth, A., Puleo, J. A., DiCosmo, N., Allende-Arandía, M. E., Chardón-Maldonado, P., López, J., Figueroa-Espinoza, B., de Alegria-Arzaburu, A. R., Figlus, J., Roberts Briggs, T. M., de la Roza, J., and Candela, J. (2017). “Nearshore Circulation on a Sea Breeze Dominated Beach During Intense Wind Events.” Continental Shelf Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.csr.2017.10.008
  • Pieterse, A., Puleo, J. A., McKenna, T. E., and Figlus, J. (2017). “In situ measurements of shear stress, erosion and deposition in man-made tidal channels within a tidal saltmarsh.” Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 192: 29–41.
  • Harter, C., and Figlus, J. (2017). “Numerical Modeling of the Morphodynamic Response of a Low-Lying Barrier Island Beach and Foredune System Inundated during Hurricane Ike Using XBeach and CSHORE.” Coastal Engineering, 120: 64–74.
  • Pampell-Manis, A., Horrillo, J., and Figlus, J. (2016). “Estimating Tsunami Inundation from Hurricane Storm Surge Predictions along the U.S. Gulf Coast.” Ocean Dynamics, 66/8, 1005-1024.
  • Feagin, R.A., Figlus, J., Zinnert, J.C., Sigren, J.M., Martinez, M.L., Silva, R., Smith, W.K., Cox, D., Young, D.R., and Carter, G. (2015). “Going With the Flow or Against the Grain? The Promise of Vegetation for Protecting Beaches, Dunes, and Barrier Islands from Erosion.” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 13/4, 203-210.
  • Sigren, J.M., Figlus, J., and Armitage, A.R. (2014). “Coastal Sand Dunes and Dune Vegetation: Restoration, Erosion, and Storm Protection.” Shore and Beach, 82/4, Fall 2014, 5-12.
  • Ma, G., Kirby, J.T., Su, S-F., Figlus, J., and Shi, F. (2013). “Numerical study of turbulence and wave attenuation induced by vegetation canopies.” Coastal Engineering, 80, 68-78
  • Figlus, J., Kobayashi, N., and Gralher, C. (2012). “Onshore Migration of Emerged Ridge and Ponded Runnel.” Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, 138/5, 331-338.
  • Kobayashi, N., Hicks, B.S., and Figlus, J. (2011). “Evolution of Gravel Beach Profiles.” Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, 137/5, 258-262.
  • Figlus, J., Kobayashi, N., Gralher, C., and Iranzo, V. (2011). “Wave Overtopping and Overwash of Dunes.” Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, 137/1, 26-33.
  • Figlus, J. and Kobayashi, N. (2008). “Inverse Estimation of Sand Transport Rates on Nourished Delaware Beaches.” Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, 134/4, 218-225.
  • Peirson, W.L., Figlus, J., Pells, S.E., Cox, R.J. (2008). “Placed Rock as Protection Against Erosion by Flow Down Steep Slopes.” Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 134/9, 1370-1375.