Reinhard Flick is Staff Oceanographer for California State Parks – Division of Natural Resources, Research Associate at UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Principal Oceanographer at San Diego’s TerraCosta Consulting Group.
Flick began studying nearshore processes as an undergraduate in 1969. His published studies include tidal flow-induced electric potentials, waves, tides, sea level, surfzone turbulence, coastal flooding, and beach and cliff erosion during a career of academic research and administration, program management, public and professional service, and consulting comprising theoretical, laboratory, sea-going, and field efforts, including deep-field camp on the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica. He has authored or co-authored over 70 scientific works including several book chapters, and the 1997 World Book Encyclopedia entry on Tides.
He has served as an expert consultant and witness in dozens of matters involving sea level, waves, currents, tides, and coastal erosion. These include work for celebrities, numerous personal injury lawsuits, two murder cases, and several major tidal boundary disputes, one being “United States versus Alaska” in the United States Supreme Court.
Flick was born in Germany and grew up in New York City. He earned a PhD in Oceanography at Scripps after obtaining his BS in Physics from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York. He is a certified SCUBA diver, sailing instructor, and amateur radio operator (K6REF).