Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Making Waves December 7, 2012

Seminars & Defenses

Tuesday, Dec. 11th at 10:30am, Burt 193. Jaun Saenz, The Australian National University, "On the role of buoyancy forcing in the energetics of ocean circulation".

Tuesday, Dec. 11th at 3:30pm, Burt 193. Prof. K.R. Sreenivas, JNCASR, "Field and laboratory experiments on aerosol-Induced cooling in the nocturnal boundary layer".

Wednesday, Dec. 12th at 10:30am, Burt 193. Jay McCreary, Univ. of Hawaii, "Dynamics of the oxygen minimum zones in the North Indian Ocean".

Friday December 14, 2012, 2pm, Burt 193. MS Thesis Defense, Mr. Christopher Ordonez, M.S., Physical Oceanography, Advisor: Dr. R. Kipp Shearman. "Obtaining Absolute Water Velocity Profiles from Glider-mounted Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers"

Funding Opportunities

Coastal Habitat Restoration- NOAA. We are currently soliciting applications for restoration projects that use a habitat-based approach to foster species recovery and increase fish production. The funding opportunity will focus on projects that will aid in recovering listed species and rebuilding sustainable fish populations or their prey.We are soliciting coastal habitat restoration projects, or suites of projects, that will recover or sustain: threatened and endangered species listed under the Endangered Species Act and their prey fish stocks managed under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and their prey. Projects will primarily be funded through cooperative agreements. Roughly $20 million could potentially be available over the next three years to maintain selected projects, dependent upon the level of funding made available by Congress. We anticipate typical awards will range from $500,000 to $5 million over three years, and we will accept one, two, or three year proposals. Applications are due by February 19, 2013. For more information, visit: http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/funding/coastalrestoration.html for more information.

Job Opportunities

The Department of Geography and Geology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Marine Geology and/or Paleoceanography. We seek an individual who combines expertise in field-based and shipboard collection techniques with quantitative analysis of paleoenvironmental proxy records from ocean archives. The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the potential for teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels in geological oceanography and in their area of specialty, to recruit and advise graduate students, and to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program. A PhD in geoscience, oceanography, or marine science is required. UNCW maintains a full range of analytical facilities in support of research including sedimentology, electron microscopy, stable isotope mass spectroscopy, aqueous chemistry, NMR, and DNA sequencing facilities as well as a dive shop, machine shop, and instrument shop at the UNCW Center for Marine Science (http://uncw.edu/cms/) and on the main campus. To apply, complete the online application at http://consensus.uncw.edu, position #6172.  A letter of application, brief statements of teaching and research interests, a curriculum vitae, unofficial copies of graduate transcripts, and contact information, including e-mail addresses, for three professional references should be uploaded as MS Word or PDF files.For questions concerning the position contact search committee chair Dr. Richard Laws at laws@uncw.edu. For questions concerning the online application process contact Ms. Cathy Morris, morris@uncw.edu, (910) 962-3736. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 4, 2013, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For further information see www.uncw.edu/earsci.


Post-Doctoral Research Scientist Position, The University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS) seeks to hire a post-doctoral Research Associate to work on a project entitled, “Consequences of hypoxia on food web linkages in a pelagic ecosystem”.   The objective of this project is to link ecosystem function to distributional and community shifts that occur in response to hypoxia in a temperate fjord. This project will combine seasonal acoustic and net sampling of fish and zooplankton through a hypoxic cycle with energetic-based ecosystem modeling.  We are interested in examining how hypoxia affects energy flow from mesozooplankton to pelagic fish. Responsibilities:  The post-doc will oversee the field sampling in Hood Canal, WA to investigate seasonal composition, abundance, and distribution shifts in the pelagic fish community.  The successful applicant will review literature, plan and execute sampling trips, and process and archive acoustic-midwater trawl data.  The post-doc will analyze results, and summarize them in the form of reports, refereed journal publications, and/or meeting presentations and seminars. Qualifications:  Ph.D. in fisheries, biology, zoology, or a closely related field. Essential: Experience conducting field research in marine environments, statistical analysis of ecological data, ability to effectively communicate in both written and oral formats, and the ability to work well both collaboratively and independently.  Experience in developing and applying quantitative models of natural systems. Desirable: Experience in fisheries acoustics (survey design, data acquisition, data processing), familiarity with bioenergetics modeling, coastal oceanography and marine fish ecology, experience on research cruises, experience exploring and analyzing biological/ecological time series data, and familiarity with basic biological, ecological and fisheries-oceanography and marine science principles. Supervision: Co-supervisors of this position will be Drs. John Horne and Tim Essington. Drs. Julie Keister and Sandra Parker-Stetter are co-PIs on the project. Duration of appointment: This is a two-year full time position. Limitation on appointment: Maximum appointment as a Research Associate is within six years after receipt of Ph.D. Candidate must have received Ph.D. within the past four years to qualify for this position. Closing date: until filled. Starting date: preferred by March 2013 Position is located at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.  The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans.  University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service. Interested persons should send CV, letter of intent including names and contact information for 3 references via email to Dr. John Horne and Dr. Tim Essington, University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences: jhorne@uw.edu, essing@uw.edu

Summer REU Program: Call for Faculty Interest and Potential Project Descriptions

For the last six years CEOAS has matched 10-12 undergraduate researchers from all over the country with paid research internships funded by the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs. The internship provides a $550/week student stipend, travel to Corvallis from their home school, on-campus housing, as well as some limited funds for lab supplies and student travel to present at national or regional meetings (AGU, ASLO, GSA, etc).  Next summer’s program will run June 17-August 23.  While OSU students are welcome to apply, the objectives of the NSF program are to provide access to research opportunities for students at liberal arts colleges where such opportunities may not available, and increase participation of under-represented demographic groups in the Earth Sciences. The summer REU program is funded by OCE, and so the emphasis is on marine sciences, but we have had students work in any field represented within the college from active tectonics of the northern Walker Lane to physics of marine stratus clouds and everything in between. If you are interested in mentoring an undergraduate researcher next summer, please contact Kaplan Yalcin (yalcink@geo.oregonstate.edu) by Monday, December 17 and provide a brief statement of research interests, possible project descriptions, and perhaps a sentence or two about the type of background/skills you are looking for in an undergraduate researcher for us to feature on the program website (http://ceoas.oregonstate.edu/future/reu/summer/). This gives students something specific to apply to which is very helpful in routing the ~300 applications we get each year to prospective faculty mentors. While providing possible project descriptions to post on our websites does not commit you to accepting a student, we will expect that you will review applications in late February or early March if you are listed as a possible undergraduate research mentor on the summer REU program website. The following faculty are currently featured on the summer REU website: Batchelder, Ciannelli, Colwell, Goni, Graham, Holman, Kent, Koppers, Kurapov, Lerczak, Letelier, Schultz, Schmittner, Shearman, Shell, Stoner, de Szoeke, Tepley, Thomas, Twohy, Waldbusser, and Wheatcroft. Please review your current research descriptions and send updates. If you are not interested in mentoring an REU student next summer, that’s helpful to know as well. 

Ecology of Marine Nekton Award- closing date extended to Jan. 7th, 2013

**CALL FOR APPLICANTS**- ECOLOGY OF MARINE NEKTON AWARD: Applicants are requested for the Ecology of Marine Nekton Award. This award is available to graduate students proposing or conducting original thesis research for their MS or PhD degrees on the ecology of marine nekton.  The award is most appropriate for graduate students who are already conducting thesis or dissertation research and who may need additional funding. Academic achievement and financial need will be considered for this $1,000 award to be presented in Spring 2013. Interested students should submit an application consisting of the following:

. Resume, not to exceed two pages;

. 2-3 page statement of academic goals and summary of past and proposed research; . Budget, explaining and justifying how funds will be spent; . A letter of support from major professor/advisor.

Applications should be submitted to: Dr. Mark Abbott, Dean, College of Earth, Ocean, & Atmospheric Sciences E-mail to: jcigarran@coas.oregonstate.edu

CLOSING DATE: Jan. 7th, 2013

Applications must be submitted as a complete package by the deadline. Electronic submission, as a single PDF file by e-mail will also be accepted.

NOTE: Instructions for applications must be followed exactly or the application will not be considered. Eligibility requirements: any graduate student in good academic standing, excluding students who have previously received this award. This award is specifically for research on the ecology of marine nekton, including fisheries oceanography or the ecology of fishes, squids or swimming crustaceans. Criteria by which applicants will be evaluated include: scientific merit (creativity, feasibility and progress of proposed research, and potential for broader implications); academic qualification and service (to institution, community, profession); soundness of proposed budget; and financial need.

Student Participation at Pacific Section AAPG Convention- April 19-25

April 19-25, 2013- Monterey, CA: Pacific Section AAPG Convention, Energy & the Environment; Working Together for the Future. The AAPG committee is seeking more student presentations (talks and posters) for the upcoming convention. The committee also is seeking student help at the convention, especially during registration, in exchange for free admission. If you are a graduate or undergraduate students working on research projects and will be ready to present your results,  consider presenting at the spring PSAAPG convention (Deadline for abstract submittal is 15 January 2013). Also, if you are planning to attend the 2013 convention, and would be willing to do a little work for free admission, opportunities are available. For more information or to sign up contact: Calvin Lee, Ph.D., Earth & Environmental Sciences, CSU East Bay: calvin.lee@csueastbay.edu

IDES (Increasing Diversity in Earth Sciences) Program is accepting applications from undergraduates

The Increasing Diversity in the Earth Sciences Program (IDES) is an Oregon-focused mentoring program providing students from diverse academic and personal backgrounds the opportunity to be involved in and explore the Earth Sciences, a field that is so broad it includes students from any major. Students with interests in engineering, law, social science, education, math and community can all find a home in the IDES program. IDES is a two-year program for Juniors and promising Sophomores, in which students are funded while attending summer training in basic Geographic Information Systems, Image Processing and developing projects of interest. Over the remainder of the summer and over the course of the 2-years, students work with mentors on their project/internship. All mentored projects and internships will include a stipend. Those wanting to know more should visit: IDES Website: http://ides.science.oregonstate.edu/about Instructions for applying are available at: http://ides.science.oregonstate.edu/howtoapply Who are the students in the IDES Program? Visit: http://ides.science.oregonstate.edu/node/65 and http://ides.science.oregonstate.edu/node/64. For additional information contact Lynette at desilval@geo.oregonstate.edu.

Staff Fees- Winter 2013

This is a friendly reminder that Staff Fee Privileges Approval forms will be due in FOBC HR, 154 Peavy Hall for Winter 2013 Term, deadlines are below:

December 23, 2012 - Deadline for OSU dependent enrolling at another OUS University - NOTE: this date falls on a Sunday, I would suggest that you submit no later than Dec. 21, 2012)

January 2, 2013 - Deadline for OSU employee enrolling at another OUS University

February 1, 2013 - Deadline for OSU employee or dependent enrolling at OSU

Below is the link to the Form, information and instructions:


For eligibility questions, contact Human Resources at 737-2805 or email employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu<mailto:employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu>.

For billing questions, please contact the billing office at the University of attendance.

If the form is submitted after the deadlines noted above, you will be responsible for accrued billing and interest charges and late registration fees, or you may be denied staff fee rates at the discretion of the institution. All OUS universities, including Oregon State University, reserve the right to deny staff fee privileges for failure to meet submission deadlines.

R/V Oceanus

Dec 19, 2012 to Jan 09, 2013 (Transit Newport, OR to Apra Harbor, Guam)

Jan 12-28        Wiens

Feb 1-19         Hodgkiss & Bibee

Feb 21 - Mar 11 (Transit Taiwan to Alaska)

Mar 12-13       (Transit Dutch Harbor, AK to Cordova, AK)

Mar 14-23       Wang

Mar 25- Apr 01  Jessup  (includes Transit Cordova, AK to Newport, OR)

Apr 08-20       Smith

For the rest of the cruises (see attached 2013 schedule)


Where in the World Is R/V Oceanus?

Oceanus Webcam

Photo of the Week

photo of the week
CEOAS faculty Marnie Jo Zirbel (far left), Angel White (center, kneeling), Jasmine Nahorniak (kneeling), and Katie Watkins-Brandt (far right) after winning the 2012 intramural women's flag football championship on Thursday at Reser Stadium. The team ("Homegirls") were coached by Curt Vandetta and inspired by Jen de-Vries. Go Homegirls!

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