Irina Beal is the PDE’s Science Technical Specialist. She is here to work with freshwater mussels and assist with living shoreline projects.
Beal came to PDE from the Stockton Coastal Research Center in Port Republic, New Jersey where she collected topobathymetric data, or onshore and offshore beach profiles, of the New Jersey beaches from Sandy Hook down to Cape May Point. She has also been involved in FEMA’s Community Rating System program developing Watershed Management Plans for coastal communities. Starting in 2014, worked with the Sandy Hook Cooperative Research Program through Rutgers University creating geomorphological maps, or maps of barrier island landforms. There, Beal used post-Sandy aerial photography and LiDAR data (elevation data) for delineating landforms.
Beal has a Master of Science in Geology degree from Temple University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maine, Orono. She calls the east coast her home.