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Alicia Gorton

Alicia Gorton

Marine Sciences Laboratory
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
1529 West Sequim Bay Road
Sequim, Washington 98382


Alicia Gorton is a project manager and marine scientist in the Coastal Research Group of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Alicia holds a Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). She combines a diverse and interdisciplinary background of environmental, ocean, and coastal engineering with her deep respect and admiration of the environment and natural resources to provide technical insight and management of marine renewable energy and coastal science projects. Specifically, Alicia contributes both her technical and management expertise to projects sponsored by DOE’s Water Power Technologies Office, Wind Energy Technologies Office, and ARPA-E Program. She also contributes to projects related to the remediation efforts at the DOE Hanford Site and data access, visualization, management efforts for DOE, Hanford contractors, and internal PNNL programs. Alicia is an active member of several professional associations, including the Project Management Institute (PMI), and is a peer reviewer of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association’s technical journal Shore and Beach. In 2015, she was selected as one of ten New Faces of Civil Engineering by the American Society of Civil Engineers, who recognize “young, diverse, and talented engineers who demonstrate a clear vision, good managerial and technical skills, and who possess inspirational leadership qualities and a desire and willingness to change the world for the better.”

Research Interests

  • Marine and hydrokinetic energy (MHK)
  • Wind energy (offshore and land-based)
  • Coastal processes, sediment transport, and beach morphology
  • Data management
  • Project management
  • Proposal writing and business development

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. Ocean Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2012
  • M.E. Ocean Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2009
  • B.E. Environmental Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2008
  • PMP (Project Management Professional), Project Management Institute, 2018
  • EIT (Engineer in Training), New Jersey Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, 2008

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Marine Technology Society (MTS)
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2017 Graduate of the Scientist and Engineer Development Program, PNNL
  • 2015 New Faces of Civil Engineering, ASCE
  • 2013 John P. Breslin Award for Outstanding Research Accomplishments in Ocean Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • 2010 Good Neighbor Community Award (for rip current education and awareness), Girl Scouts of America

PNNL Publications


  • Copping A.E., A.M. Gorton, and M.C. Freeman. 2018. Data Transferability and Collection Consistency in Marine Renewable Energy. PNNL-27995. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Data Transferability and Collection Consistency in Marine Renewable Energy
  • Gorton A.M., T.O. Herrington, and E.R. Smith. 2018. "Investigation of scour adjacent to submerged geotextiles used for shore protection." Journal of Marine Environmental Engineering 10, no. 2:71-83. PNNL-SA-126095.


  • Copping A.E., M.E. Grear, R.A. Jepsen, C. Chartrand, and A.M. Gorton. 2017. "Understanding the Potential Risk to Marine Mammals from Collision with Tidal Turbines." International Journal of Marine Energy 19. PNNL-SA-120984. doi:10.1016/j.ijome.2017.07.004
  • Jensen P.J., T. Tran, B.G. Fritz, F.C. Rutz, S.B. Ross, A.M. Gorton, and R. Devanathan, et al. 2017. "Preliminary Evaluation of the DUSTRAN Modeling Suite for Modeling Atmospheric Chloride Transport." Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health 10, no. 1:25-31. PNNL-SA-113805. doi:10.1007/s11869-016-0404-5



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