Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Making Waves February 1, 2013

Seminars

Tuesday, February 5th, 11am, Burt 193. CEOAS Institutional Postdoc Candidate Seminar. Dr. Alex Pullen (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Univ. of Rochester). "The Tibetan Plateau from the asthenosphere to the atmosphere".

Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 3:30pm, Burt 193. POA Seminar Series: Kipp Shearman (CEOAS/OSU). "The cross-shelf structure of upwelling".

Tuesday, Feb 5th, 4pm, Wilk 108. GEM Seminar Series: Brett Dumbauld, (CEOAS Marine Resource Management Program). "Contrasting the Ecosystem Services once Provided by the Native Oyster (Ostrea lurida) and Current Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas) Aquaculture in Pacific Northwest Estuaries".

Wednesday, Feb. 6th, 4pm, ALS 4000. Water Resources Seminar Series: Mohammad Safeeq (CEOAS). "Hydrology of the Hawaiian island in the era of change".

Thursday, Feb. 7th, 4pm, Wilk 108. Geology Seminar Series: Shaun Marcott(CEOAS). "The Role of Abrupt Climate Change in CO2 Variations During the Last Deglaciation".

Friday, Feb. 8th, 4pm, Burt 193. Student Seminar Series: Iria Gimenez. "Stress in a changing environment. A conceptual framework for realistic metrics of ocean acidification stress in bivalve larvae."


Job Opportunities

Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ocean Science and Technology, Oceanography Department Faculty of Science Dalhousie University, Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Ocean Technology Systems

The Department of Oceanography at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada (www.oceanography.dal.ca) is respected internationally for its strong interdisciplinary training and research in ocean science. Together with partners from government research, academia and industry, the Department now plays a leading role within the newly formed Halifax Marine Research Institute which seeks to maximize the potential of the region’s vibrant and growing ocean research and technology sector. Since 2011, the Department has hosted the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ocean Science and Technology (www.CERC.ocean.dal.ca), which is developing new approaches to observe the changing ocean and to study ocean processes. In association with this CERC group, Dalhousie University is seeking a motivated individual to fill a newocean research chair: Dalhousie University invites applications for a Tier II Canada Research Chair in the field of Ocean Technology Systems. The position is associated with Dalhousie’s Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ocean Science and Technology and will be held in the Department of Oceanography of the Faculty of Science with potential for joint appointment with the Faculty of Engineering. The candidate will be expected to establish and maintain an active research program addressing new, practical approaches to at-sea sensing and measurement of physical, chemical, atmospheric and/or biological processes. Potential areas of research include development and application of robotics, novel platforms, power and communication systems, sensors and/or instruments. The candidate will have obtained a PhD degree within the last ten years, have post doctoral research experience, and a research track record that demonstrates particular research creativity and the potential to achieve international recognition in the next five to ten years. It is anticipated that the appointment will be tenure-stream and made at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate classes in ocean science and/or engineering, and to develop a vigorous and creative research program with external funding. The candidate will have opportunities to interact with a wide range of researchers at the University, nearby government laboratories and a broad range of companies working in the ocean technology sector. Applications should be submitted by March 31, 2013 and consist of a Curriculum Vitae, a list of publications and patents, a summary of research interests, a research proposal (no more than 3 pages), a statement of teaching interests and experience, and the names and contact information for at least three referees.The completed application should be sent to:Chair, Ocean Technology Systems Search Oceanography Department Dalhousie University 1355 Oxford Street PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2 Canada Email: oceanography@dal.ca. Appointment is subject to approval by the Canada Research Chair program. Consideration of candidates will begin in April 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Dalhousie University is an Employment Equity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons and women.

Marine Ecosystem Ecology Seasonal Research Assistant at Oregon State University. Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) 
Job ID#: SNS-2013 / Job Description: This is a fulltime seasonal position lasting for six months beginning in April 8, 2012 through September 2013. This position begins in April, and requires one’s full attention; we cannot hire enrolled students or people that cannot commit to the entire duration of the position.  This work focuses on understanding how coastal ecosystem processes such as primary production, nutrient cycling and dissolved oxygen deficits (hypoxia) respond to changes in ocean conditions.  Responsibilities include both laboratory and offshore field work.  At sea work includes: participating in research cruises on the R/V Elakha and R/V Kalipi; water sample collection; deployment, maintenance, and retrieval of oceanographic instruments.  Shore and lab work may include: chlorophyll-a and nutrient analysis of water samples; entering data; making sample devices; maintaining field equipment; preparing field collectors; counting mussels and barnacles under a microscope; measurement of mussel growth; assisting with instrument calibrations; and assisting professors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students in their research as needed. This position requires working early mornings, long hours in the field and occasional weekends. It may also require staying at housing on the coast for short periods. Required Qualifications: Strong attention to detail, Ability to work on a ship in rough seas, Ability to conduct repetitive laboratory tasks with accuracy and precision, Ability to work collaboratively as part of an ecological research team, Interest in nearshore physical and biological oceanography, Prior experience in a chemical laboratory, Valid driver’s license and a good driving record, Hardworking and willing to work weekends and long hours. Preferred Qualifications:Prior experience working on small boats in the open ocean, First Aid and CPR certification, Marine biology and/or oceanography coursework and/or fieldwork, AAUS scientific diving certification and cold water/ dry suit diving experience, Experience with pH assays, Winkler titrations, DIN/DON assays, salinity measurements. Program: PISCO is a large-scale marine research program that focuses on understanding the nearshore and intertidal ecosystems of the U.S. West Coast.  An interdisciplinary collaboration of scientists from four universities, PISCO integrates long-term monitoring of ecological and oceanographic processes at dozens of coastal sites with experimental work in the lab and field.  We explore how individual organisms, populations, and ecological communities vary over space and time.  PISCO's findings are applied to issues of ocean conservation and management, and are shared through public outreach and student training programs. For more information visit our website at: http://piscoweb.org/

Intertidal Marine Ecology - Seasonal Research Assistant at Oregon State University. Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO)  Job ID# OTR-2013/ Job Description: This is a fulltime seasonal position lasting for six months beginning in April 8, 2012 through September 2013. This position begins in April, and requires one’s full attention; we cannot hire enrolled students or people that cannot commit to the entire duration of the position.  This work focuses on understanding how coastal ecosystem processes such as primary production, nutrient cycling and dissolved oxygen deficits (hypoxia) respond to changes in ocean conditions.  Responsibilities include both laboratory and intertidal field work.  Field work includes: hiking with heavy packs into the rocky intertidal zones in inclement weather, working on slippery, craggy, wave exposed shorelines, recording data for several large projects.  Laboratory work may include: chlorophyll-a and nutrient analysis of water samples; entering data; making sample devices; maintaining field equipment; preparing field collectors; counting mussels and barnacles under a microscope; measurement of mussel growth; assisting with instrument calibrations; and assisting professors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students in their research as needed. This position requires working early mornings, long hours in the field and occasional weekends. It may also require staying at housing on the coast for short periods. Required Qualifications: Self-motivated, ability to work both in a team setting and also independently, Undergraduate course work in marine biology/ecology, Familiarity with the rocky intertidal ecosystem and marine invertebrates of the Pacific Northwest, Previous field work experience a must, preferably in the rocky intertidal, Excellent problem solving ability and organizational skills, Valid driver’s license and a good driving record, Hardworking and willing to work weekends and long hours.

Salary: $11/hr
Dates: early April 2013 through September, 2013.
Location: Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon
Housing:  We do not offer housing. 
Transportation:  Transportation to and from field sites and field is provided.

If you would like to apply for these positions, please email with Job ID# SNS-2013 as subject:

  • a letter of intent explaining your interest in this work, your background, your dates available, and other pertinent information
  • a CV or resume
  • a copy of your college transcripts (unofficial copies accepted)
  • email and phone contact information for at least two references

To:       Jerod Sapp;  PISCO lab manager;  pisco@science.oregonstate.edu
For more information, contact Jerod by email or check out our website at www.piscoweb.org.  Review of applications will begin February 18, 2013.


Help Promote Your Undergraduate Researchers

An email request was sent last week to Earth & Environmental Sciences undergraduates asking that any undergraduates involved in research to complete a brief "profile" of their work and to send in a photo of themselves in the field or a lab. These profiles could be used in:

- CEOAS media for alumni, funders, or recruitment

- OSU research or general interest publications

Please encourage your students to fill out the profile as part of the Broader Impacts of their work. (If your students didn't save the form/instructions that were sent, they can request this from llamb@coas.oregonstate.edu.)


HR Staffing Update

On behalf of Kim Stutzman, we are pleased to announce that Kelly Peck will be joining the HR Team in the Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center, as our new Human Resources Consultant 1.  Kelly comes to us with over six years of human resources experience at OSU.  Kelly began her OSU career as an Office Specialist 2, where she provided human resources and recruitment support for OSU Extension Service.  She then moved to the Office of Human Resources as an Employment Services Coordinator.  Kelly began her most recent position, a Human Resources Consultant 1, upon the inception of the first business center, the Health and Sciences Business Center, in 2008.  Kelly will join the FOBC HR Team on February 18th, and will be working in the Peavy office (Room 154).  Kelly will be responsible for temporary employment, timesheet processing and staff fee privileges approval, as well as recruitment and hiring duties.  Kelly’s cheerful attitude and reputation for providing superior customer service will be an asset to all of us! Please join us in welcoming Kelly Peck to the FOBC team!


Data Management Plan- online tool

In light of the upcoming NSF deadline,please be aware of a service that can help with the preparation of a data management plan (DMP). Faculty and graduate students have access to DMPTool (https://dmp.cdlib.org/) with content customized for users from OSU. New users simply need to click "Get Started," select "OSU" from the drop-down menu, and hit "Go." After creating an account, users select the appropriate funding agency from a drop-down list, and a custom DMP template for the selected agency will appear. DMPTool provides guidance on what should be included in each section of the plan, and allows users to export and save all of their plans. For questions please contact amanda.whitmire@oregonstate.edu or x73133.


CEOAS Congrats

MRM Graduate Student Amelia O’Connor won the best MS student poster award at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium. O’Connor, A., R.M Suryan, K. Ozaki, F. Sato, and T. Deguchi. 2013. Distribution of Subadult Short-tailed Albatrosses in the Bering Sea. Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, Alaska. Congrats, Amelia!


LIDAR data

CEOAS, Engineering, Agriculture, and Forestry have provided funds for a data server to provide LIDAR data (for Oregon) for anyone at OSU to access.  There are 25 TB of data currently available.   If your first question is "What is LIDAR?" See:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t6TUYjfPYo
Or the Magic School Bus has you covered:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNZ6efHI5qE
The high resolution and accuracy of LIDAR data has applications in just about anything ranging from
- Terrain modeling
- Hazard Analysis
- Flood Mapping
- Geomorphologic studies
- Forest Biomass
- Building location and heights
- Asset Management
- Archaeology
- Meteorology
- Biology and Ecology
- Civil Engineering and Construction
- and a whole lot more
This data was obtained from DOGAMI who leads the Oregon LIDAR Consortium, http://www.oregongeology.org/sub/projects/olc/, which should be acknowledged in any publications resulting from use of the data. Hope you find this resource valuable!  In the past, it took months to obtain the data you want.  Now you can download it in minutes to hours. 
For more info contact:
Michael Olsen (Civil and Construction Engineering)
Andrew Meigs (CEOAS)
Paul Montagne (Civil and Construction Engineering)


Housing Available

A CEOAS Post Doc is leaving Corvallis at the end of February and looking for someone to take over the lease on her 2 br / 2 bath house in NW Corvallis. The link to the Craigslist ad is http://corvallis.craigslist.org/apa/3578891689.html.

2 rooms avaialble for rent in mid-February in 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath house, 1.3 miles north of Campus on 17th Strett: hardwood floors, fireplace, garden space, 2 car garage, W/D, great neighborhood near Trader Joes/Fred Meyer/N. Co-op.  Please contact David Langner for more information:   dlangner@coas.oregonstate.edu


Sad News- Tim Boyd

We were saddened to learn of the death of our colleague and friend, Tim Boyd, former COAS professor who had moved to Scotland in 2007 to work at the Scottish Association of Marine Science. Tim was struck by lightening while walking near his home in Scotland.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2269989/Dr-Tim-Boyd-54-dies-struck-lightning-bridge-near-home.html

Tim was an internationally respected physical oceanographer who had worked in the Arctic and with autonomous underwater vehicles. He participated in OSU's Coastal Ocean Advances in Shelf Transport (COAST) program in the early 2000s. We'll remember Tim for his warm friendship and easy going manner. Our hearts go out to his wife and two daughters. A memorial site has just been set up so that those who wish to share memories, stories and photos of Tim have the opportunity to do so. The site is here: http://tim-boyd.tumblr.com/ It is a means for colleagues and friends from near and far to express their thoughts. As contributions are made the site will grow and it will be a way that his family can see pictures and hear stories that they may not have seen or heard before. Please feel free to contribute and pass the address on to friends and colleagues.

 


Where in the World Is R/V Oceanus?

Oceanus Webcam


Photo of the Week

photo of the week
Watercolor rendering by Cathy Hallenbeck of the R/V Wecoma during her last days in Newport. Note the crane on the pier.


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