Safra Altman, Ph.D.

Research Ecologist, Environmental Laboratory, ERDC


Safra Altman serves as the lead for the ERDC Environmental Laboratory’s Coastal Ecology team. The team uses creative scientific approaches and quantitative methods to develop tools for environmental restoration, environmentally sound dredging practices and use of dredged material, dune management, and management of threatened and endangered species. Dr. Altman has helped to develop landscape ecology models that incorporate habitat changes, landscape level changes and changes in ecological processes in barrier islands and has been involved in an international EWN initiative to develop engineering guidelines for Natural and Nature Based Features such as submerged aquatic vegetation, oyster and coral reefs, and coastal upland plant communities. Dr. Altman has experience with monitoring and adaptive management of coastal restoration and natural infrastructure projects and serves as a subject matter expert to support USACE Headquarters on coral reef ecology.

Safra Altman, Ph.D.

Podcast Appearances

In 2020, the United States experienced extreme droughts, wildfires, flooding, and a record number of hurricanes. What if there was a better way to ......
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Safra Altman, Ph.D.


This virtual workshop delved into the challenges and opportunities surrounding the utilization of Beneficial Use of Dredged Material (BUDM) to enha......
The Network for Engineering With Nature® (EWN) invites you to the N-EWN Knowledge Series: A Continuing Education Series about Engineering with......
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Safra Altman, Ph.D.

Research Projects

Ashantilly shoreline before (left) and after (right) establishment of a living shoreline project by GA Department of Natural Resources using oyster......
Significant hurricanes such as Katrina in 2005 and Harvey in 2016 revealed importantdisparities in how communities recover from extreme events. Alt......
Large infrastructure projects represent important investments. To ensure that they function as intended throughout their lifespan, they often inclu......
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