Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Making Waves June 7, 2013

Seminars & Defenses

Monday, June 10th, 10am, Burt 193. M.S. Thesis Defense: Jillian Edstrom (M.S., Geography, Advisor: Dr. Larry Becker). "Comparative Analysis of Google Earth Versus Traditional Paper Maps  in Middle School Earth Science Education."

Tuesday June 11, 2:30pm, Strand 348.  M.S. Thesis Defense: Arwen J. Bird (M.S., Marine Resource Management, Advisor: Dr. Flaxen Conway). “Utilizing a social capital framework to understand stakeholder engagement: The case of marine reserves in Oregon”

Thursday June 13, 10am, Wilk 203. M.S. Thesis Defense: Lexi Coons (M.S., Water Resource Science, Advisor:  Dr. Anne Nolin).  "Seeing the Snow Through The Trees:  Towards a Validated Canopy Adjustment for Satellite Fractional Snow Covered Area".


Funding Opportunites

DOE: FY 2013 Methane Hydrates. This funding opportunity solicits applications that focus on three areas: (1) characterization of gas hydrate deposits, (2) response of gas hydrate reservoirs to induced environmental change, and (3) response of methane hydrate systems to natural environmental change. These projects will support program goals to determine the likelihood of methane hydrates as a potential energy resource and their role in the natural environment. Due 7/10/13 (topics 2 and 3); 7/26/13 (topic 1).

NSF: Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB). The LTREB program encourages the submission of proposals aimed at generating extended time series of biological and environmental data that address ecological and evolutionary processes aimed at resolving important issues in environmental biology. Researchers must have collected at least six years of previous data to qualify for funding. Researchers uncertain about the suitability of their project are encouraged to contact the cognizant program director. Due: 8/1/13, 1/10/14.

NSF: Biological Oceanography. The program supports research in marine ecology broadly defined:relationships among aquatic organisms and their interactions with the environments of the oceans or Great Lakes. Projects submitted to the program for consideration are often interdisciplinary efforts that may include participation by other OCE Programs. Deadlines: 8/15/13, 2/15/14.

NSF: Marine Geology and Geophysics. The program supports research on all aspects of geology and geophysics of the ocean basins and margins, as well as the Great Lakes. Due 8/15/13, 2/15/14.

NASA: Ocean Vector Winds Science Team (ROSES 2013). Solicits investigations that require the accurate and extensive vector wind and backscatter measurements provided by QuikSCAT and the combined QuikSCAT/Midori-2 SeaWinds scatterometers. Due 9/1/13 (Notice of Intent), 10/31/13 (proposal).

NASA: Ocean Salinity Field Campaign Analysis and Planning (ROSES 2013). The objective of this program element is to select additional members to the NASA Ocean Salinity Science Team for the analysis phase of a 2012-13 Ocean Salinity Field Campaign, Salinity Processes in the Upper-Ocean Regional Study (SPURS). This announcement anticipates the need for both analysis work and planning for the next SPURS campaign (in a high precipitation, low salinity location circa 2015). Due 11/1/13 (NOI), 12/2/13 (full proposal).

NASA: Land Cover/Land Use Change (ROSES 2013). LCLUC develops interdisciplinary approaches combining aspects of physical, social, and economic sciences, with a high level of societal relevance, while using remote sensing tools, methods, and data. This solicitation consists of two elements:

1) LCLUC in mountainous regions.

2) Synthesis of LCLUC studies. Due: 12/2/13 (step 1; those selected in step 1 will be asked to submit a step 2 proposal due 6/2/14).

National Science Foundation - Ocean Sciences Research Initiation Grants (OCE-RIG): Broadening Participation OCE offers grants to increase participation of under-represented groups in the ocean sciences. These include start-up funding for researchers recently appointed to tenure track (or equivalent) positions. Due 1/13/14.

NSF: Ocean Technology and Interdisciplinary Coordination Unsolicited proposals are accepted for instrumentation development that has broad applicability to ocean science research projects and that enhance observational, experimental or analytical capabilities of the ocean science research community. Due: 2/15/14.


CEOAS Congrats

Aaron Wolf, geography professor in OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, has been named a 2013 recipient of Il Monito del Giardino (The Warning from the Garden) Award by the Bardini and Peyron Monumental Parks Foundation of Florence, Italy.

Two recent alumni of CEOAS have accepted tenure-track faculty positions at R1 universities. Ricardo González-Pinzón, CEOAS PhD student in Water Resources Engineering, successfully defended his dissertation on May 31 and has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of New Mexico.  Jay Zarnetske, CEOAS PhD (Fall 2011, Water Resources Science) will move from his post-doc at Yale University to Michigan State University, where he has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Geological Sciences. 


Graduation Reception- 6/14, 4pm

An Invitation to All Graduates in Geography, Geology, Earth Science, Environmental Sciences, and CEOAS graduate programs, and their families:The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences cordially invites you to a reception in honor of the CEOAS students who are graduating this year. Please stop by for refreshments and the opportunity to meet with the faculty and staff. Friday, 14 June, 2013, 4pm to 6 pm, Courtyard west of Burt Hall
Questions?: Melinda Jensen, 541-737-1238 melinda.jensen@oregonstate.edu


Bob Ashley retirement

Chief Engineer Bob Ashley is retiring at the end of this month.  Bob started with OSU on the Yaquina in 1973, sailed as Chief on Wecoma for many years and, recently until his retirement, as Chief on Oceanus. Please join us in celebrating Bob’s retirement at the Rogue Brewery in Newport, South Beach on Monday, 24 June starting at 5:00 pm.  (This is one of the few opportunities when Oceanus is in.) Please contact Fred (jonesf@onid.orst.edu) if you can make it.  Monita Cheever is putting together a framed picture of Wecoma with space for folks to sign and will get it over to CEOAS next week for signatures.


Extreme Ice, Tuesday 6/11- Burt 193

Take a break from finals week.  Attend a re-showing of the PBS-NOVA program Extreme Ice

Extreme Ice is a shorter, scientifically somewhat better version of Chasing Ice, the commercial

movie about James Balog’s time-lapse photography showing the retreat of glaciers in Greenland,

Iceland and Alaska.  In this version we are spared Balog’s knee surgery and most of the making of

sandwiches.  It gets more directly to showing the retreat of glaciers and some rather astounding

melt processes.  Melting of the global cryosphere is accelerating.  This TV movie does not quantify

that, but you will get a sense that it is a serious aspect of global warming.

Charlie Miller will briefly introduce the movie, which takes about 50 minutes. 


Where in the World Is R/V Oceanus?

Oceanus Webcam


Photo of the Week

photo of the week
Thanks to all of you that came out to the 2013 CEOAS End of Year Picnic and Student Awards event. Good times were had! See more photos from the festivities. Have a great summer!


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