Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Making Waves May 13, 2016


Monday, May 16, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, Burt 193. Student Seminar: 1) Productivity and carbon/nutrient dynamics in a changing Arctic - Maggie Buktenica. 2) Steens Basalt: Early Stages of a Continental Flood Basalt Event - Nikki Moore. 3) Ocean in the Last Glacial Maximum: Physical vs. biogeochemistry effects - Juan Muglia.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Burt 193. Special Seminar: James Watson, Postdoctoral scholar, Stockholm Resilience Center. "Resilience in Marine Systems"

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, LInC 314.  Hydrology Seminar: Wilfried H. Brutsaert, Cornell University. "A Generalized Complementary Principle for the Estimation of Evaporation From a Drying Landscape"

Thursday, May 19, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Burt 193.  G&G Seminar: Dorsey Wanless, Boise State. “Crustal accretion along the global mid-ocean ridge system based on lava and melt inclusion compositions”

Friday, May 20, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Wilkinson 108.  GEM Seminar: Chris Bone, University of Oregon.  “Modeling the Complexities of Coupled Human and Natural Systems”

Friday, May 20, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Burt 193. OEB Seminar: Nancy Williams. “Using SOCCOM biogeochemical floats to observe the carbon cycle in the Southern Ocean”

Don Walsh Visits CEOAS

Don Walsh

Esteemed oceanographer and courtesy professor Don Walsh recently visited the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. He is one of only three people to go to the bottom of the Mariana Trench—the deepest point of the world's oceans.

Throughout his distinguished career, Walsh has received numerous national and international honors, including the Hubbard Metal, the highest honor of National Geographic; and the Distinguished Service Medal from the Theodore Roosevelt Association, where he was the youngest recipient since Charles Lindbergh.
He was appointed by Presidents Carter and Reagan to the U.S. National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere and was named one of the world's great explorers by Life magazine.

Roy Haggerty and Don Walsh

Women in Marine Sciences

Women in Marine Sciences is a newly organized group that seeks to unite women in graduate programs across interdisciplinary marine studies and promote mentorship opportunities between graduate students and faculty.

Join them on Tuesday, May 17 in the MU Multipurpose Room (Rm 13) for presentations, group discussion, and networking from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Brief presentations focused on ocean use and the importance of communication across disciplines will be given by:

  • Dr. Selina Heppell (Fisheries and Wildlife)
  • Dr. Belinda Batten (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Dr. Lori Cramer (School of Public Policy)

FREE snacks and coffee will be provided!


Daniel Watkins (Ph.D., Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences) received the NDSEG fellowship. It’s a highly competitive fellowship from the DOD that provides 3 years of funding for students in STEM fields. The fellowship website with information about the award: https://ndseg.asee.org.

Pacific Storm

CEOAS welcomes R/V Pacific Storm into its fleet!  The 84-foot vessel will facilitate core drilling, buoy recovery, and more. To learn more about "Pac Storm," visit: http://ceoas.oregonstate.edu/pacificstorm/

Chris Goldfinger and Coauthors Win Prestigious GSA Kirk Bryan Award

Internationally recognized earthquake expert Chris Goldfinger and his coauthors were awarded the 2016 Kirk Bryan Award of The Geological Society of America for their outstanding paper detailing the earthquake history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Established in 1951, the Kirk Bryan Award is the oldest and most prestigious of the GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division's awards, sometimes known as the Nobel Prize of Quaternary Geology. http://community.geosociety.org/qggdivision/awards/kirkbryanaward

CEOAS Picnic Reception

The CEOAS Spring Awards Picnic is right around the corner! Come join us for some tasty food and great conversation while we watch our students receive some well earned awards!

The picnic will be held at Chintimini Community Center, 2601 NW Tyler Ave from 6:45-8:00 pm

RSVP: http://ceoas.oregonstate.edu/misc/AwardsPicnicSpring2016/

Where in the World Is R/V Oceanus?

Oceanus Webcam

Photo of the Week

photo of the week
Bronwen Konecky, CEOAS postdoc and NSF Fellow, collects water quality data and samples for isotopic analysis in the Okavango Delta to better understand changing patterns of evaporation. The Delta in northern Botswana undergoes seasonal flooding with rainwater that drenches the landscape hundreds of kilometers upstream at the edge of the ITCZ in Angola. The floodwater that flows into the Delta persists through much the dry season allowing abundant wildlife to prosper and marginal agriculture to be sustained. The region is under threat of catastrophic hydrological change due evolving evaporation that results from regional warming. Historically, 97% of the water evaporates, leaving little room for sustainability with enhanced evaporation rates and with increasing demands on the water upstream in both Angola and Namibia. Dr. Konecky's study with Professor David Noone and partners at the University of Botswana seeks to update these estimates and place the fate of the Delta in the context of projected climate change.

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