Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Summer Research Internships for Undergraduates

REU students

Oregon State University is proud to announce the availability of paid summer undergraduate research internships in the earth, ocean, and atmospheric sciences. Twelve students will be located at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) in Corvallis, and another 12 located at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC), 60 miles west on the Pacific coast in Newport.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program offers students the unique opportunity to work on individual research projects, and participate in group field trips, seminars and science colloquia over a 10-week period at CEOAS and HMSC under the guidance of university and research agency scientists, who serve as mentors. The summer REU program runs from June 17 to August 23, 2019. On-site housing at OSU or HMSC and a weekly stipend ($600/week) are provided.

CEOAS offers a broad range of undergraduate research opportunities and engineering applications in the physics, chemistry, geology, and biology of the Earth, oceans, and atmosphere. CEOAS research areas include ocean ecology, biogeochemistry, geomicrobiology, fisheries oceanography, physical oceanography, autonomous ocean observing, atmospheric science, climate modeling, marine geology, sedimentology, paleoclimatology, and geophysics. We welcome applications from students with backgrounds and interests in any of these areas, including atmospheric science, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, microbiology, or physics majors.

If you want to apply what you've learned in the classroom to real world problems, then a research experience in the earth, ocean, and atmospheric sciences at CEOAS may be right for you. The earth, ocean, and atmospheric sciences are applied sciences – we draw on knowledge from a variety of academic backgrounds to solve real-world problems. Examples include:

  • development and application of analytical chemistry techniques to parts-per-trillion measurements of individual species in complex solutions;
  • physics of heat and mass transfer in solid and fluid earth materials;
  • exploiting the physics of light to gather information about the oceans remotely;
  • development of computer code to help assimilate and model large observational data sets;
  • design and deployment of remotely operated autonomous sampling platforms in the ocean

While students work independently with their research mentors, there are numerous opportunities to interact with other scientists and students in CEOAS and other departments on the Corvallis campus and at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, through orientation, weekly seminars, group field trips, and final project presentations. A list of potential mentors and undergraduate research areas appears below.

The online application with instructions on how to apply is available on OSU's marine science REU site (both CEOAS [Corvallis] and HSMC [Newport] summer REU positions use the same application). Students pursuing an undergraduate degree at a two or four year college who are not graduating seniors are eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

On your application list the faculty mentors and Potential Projects that interest you. See the list below. Also browse our listings of past REU projects:

2018  2017  2016  2015  2014  2013  2012  2011

For more information specific to the CEOAS internships, please contact Kaplan Yalcin.

Christo Buizert Christo Buizert

2012, PhD in geophysics, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
2007, MSc in physics, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
2004, BSc in physics, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Interests: My work aims to reconstruct and understand past climate change and atmospheric composition, using deep ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica. I combine ice core measurements, numerical modeling and fieldwork to achieve these goals.

Potential Projects: Ideally a combination of laboratory work and data analysis. Examples could be measuring greenhouse gas concentrations in ice core samples from Greenhouse and Antarctica, analyzing existing data sets to understand the process of bubble trapping in polar ice, or interpreting records of past greenhouse gas variations in a climatic context.

Background/skills sought in an undergraduate: Interest in past climate change, atmospheric composition and the polar regions. A Background in Earth sciences, physics, chemistry or mathematics. Being comfortable with (or interested in learning) numerical data analysis.

Lorenzo Ciannelli Lorenzo Ciannelli

2002, Ph.D., Aquatic Fishery and Sciences, University of Washington
1993, Laureate, Biology, Universita' Degli Studi di Napoli "Federico II", Italy

Interests: My primary research focus is on fisheries oceanography and marine ecosystem ecology. I am interested in studying the causes of temporal and spatial variations of marine populations. Most of my work revolves around early life stages of fish, as variability at the population level is closely linked to egg, larval and juvenile survival in marine organisms. Through these investigations I combine quantitative analyses (i.e., mathematical and statistical modeling) with more field and experimentally oriented approaches.

Potential Projects: My primary research focus is on fisheries oceanography and marine ecology. I study the causes of temporal and spatial variation of marine populations, and the conservation implications of the ensuing findings. Most of the work that we conduct is from data collected by federal management agencies (e.g., NOAA) in sub-arctic and temperate systems in both the North Pacific and the North Atlantic, and involves a fair amount of computational analysis. The goal of these analyses is to gain ecological understanding and provide scientifically sound advice in management and conservation issues. Methods that I use in my research include statistical analyses of long spatio-temporal data series, typically from surveys and other monitoring programs, combined bio-physical modeling for assessing distributions of fish with dispersal life history stages.

Background/skills sought in an undergraduate: Undergraduate students working in my lab have a strong desire to use quantitative and analytical methods in order to make ecological inference.

Rick Colwell Rick Colwell

1986, Ph.D., Microbiology, Virginia Tech
1982, M.S., Microbiology, Northern Arizona University
1977, B.A., Biology, Whitman College

Interests: Microbial ecology, subsurface microbiology, geomicrobiology, coupling of microbial rates and processes to physical and chemical parameters in the environment, sensing and monitoring of microbes, methods for sampling the earth's subsurface for microorganisms, bioremediation.

Potential Projects: Our research involves investigating microorganisms in a range of subsurface (shallow and deep Earth) environments. We study microbial diversity and activity in marine or terrestrial settings important for natural processes or where the system is being altered by human activity. We use molecular biology and computational tools to determine the types of cells present, the numbers of cells, their metabolic rates, and how these cells are distributed with respect to physical and chemical properties of different Earth environments.

Background/skills sought in an undergraduate: Scientific curiosity, familiarity with or interest in learning DNA extraction techniques, desire to explore the range of environments in which life exists on earth

Jennifer Fehrenbacher Jennifer Fehrenbacher

2010, Ph.D., University of Chicago, Department of Geophysical Sciences
2003, M.S., University of Chicago, Physical Sciences Division
1997, B.S., Northern Illinois University, Department of Geology

Interests: Tracer oceanography - My research involves components of trace element and stable isotope geochemistry, biomineralization, and marine biology. I develop and use proxies, primarily trace elements in marine calcifiers, for reconstructing ocean circulation, temperature, and chemistry in the past.

Potential Projects: Interested in learning about geochemistry, oceanography, and climate change? Learn how to use analytical tools (laser ablation ICP-MS and IRMS) to analyze the geochemistry of microscopic (sand-sized) marine calcifiers called foraminifera. The geochemistry of foraminifera ('forams' for short) is used to reconstruct ocean temperature and pH (and other environmental parameters). I have samples from several sediment cores and sediment traps that will be analyzed and the data obtained will be correlated to growth conditions. Fieldwork may be possible where you will learn to capture and grow living specimens in controlled laboratory conditions.

Background/skills sought in an undergraduate: Interest in geochemistry, oceanography, or climate change. Desire to learn laboratory methods and analytical tools such as laser ablation ICP-MS and IRMS. Experience with Excel, Matlab or R would be beneficial. Learn more about my lab here: jenniferfehrenbacher.weebly.com

Miguel Goni Miguel Goni

1992, Ph.D., Oceanography, University of Washington
1986, B.S., Oceanography, University of Washington

Interests: Marine organic and stable isotope geochemistry. Sources, transport, transformations and fate of organic matter in marine and other aquatic environments. Role of organic matter in global biogeochemical cycles of major elements. Paleoceanographic and paleoclimate applications of organic biomarkers and their isotopic composition.

Potential Projects: Potential projects in Professor Goni's laboratory will be focused around an ongoing interdisciplinary research program designed to understand the cycling of organic matter off the Oregon coast during winter time conditions. The interested student would be involved in the elemental, isotopic and molecular level analysis of particulate and dissolved organic matter samples collected during field campaigns off the Oregon margin. The students will be trained in chemical analytical techniques, the use of analytical instruments and the interpretation of elemental and biomarker data. The students will have the opportunity to evaluate their results within the context of the broader project that involves measurements of biologic productivity and physical oceanographic conditions.

Jenny Hutchings Jenny Hutchings

Ph.D., Remote Sensing, University College London
B.S., Physics, University College London

Potential Projects: We are looking for aspiring polar scientists with backgrounds in physics, mathematics, engineering or earth sciences to participate in a NASA funded project aiming to improve models of sea ice motion which may result in improved understanding of the drivers of recent Arctic sea ice changes. The Arctic Ocean sea ice cover has lost roughly half it’s mass over the last 30 years. This highly mobile and constantly evolving icescape insulates the Arctic Ocean from the atmosphere and radiates the suns energy back to space which, along with seasonal snowpack on adjacent continents and ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica, helps cool the planet. The loss of Arctic sea ice results in a positive feedback and participates in the amplification we see in surface temperature change within the Arctic over the last century. To start this feedback loop there needs to be a trigger, sea ice transport can precondition summer melt. You will investigate how this transport occurs in winter through analysis of sea ice cracking and subsequent deformation. Together with satellite remotely sensed imagery and drifting buoy data you can build a picture of the forces that result in sea ice motion. There is much to investigate, and a variety of projects we can offer ranging from structural analysis of sea ice making use of your geology background, satellite data analysis combined with ice drifting data to identify how sea ice drift responds to wind forcing and collation of these analyses to investigate if sea ice mass loss is impacting sea ice drift.

Background/skills sought in an undergraduate: Interest in the Earth’s polar regions and a background in physics, mathematics, engineering, or earth sciences

Adam Kent Adam Kent

1995, Ph.D. Geology and Geochemistry, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
1989, B.Sc. (Hons) Geology , University of New England, Australia

Interests: Igneous petrology and high temperature geochemical processes. Development of volcanic arcs and geochemical measurements using ICP-MS techniques.

Potential Projects: Mapping, geochronology and geochemical analyses of small volcanoes in central Oregon to help understand the development of the volcanic arc in this region. Students will do some field mapping and field sampling, as well as preparation of samples for 40Ar-39Ar and geochemical analysis. The research will also involve electron microprobe analysis of minerals and volcanic glass.

Jim Lerczak Jim Lerczak

2000, Ph.D., Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC-San Diego
1991, M.S., Physics, University of Washington
1988, B.A., Physics, Williams College

Interests: Coastal physical oceanography including the study of internal waves and buoyant plumes from rivers; estuarine oceanography including the dynamics that drive the three-dimensional circulation and the mechanisms that transport and disperse water-borne materials in estuaries; physical/biological interactions which influence transport and dispersal of larvae.

Potential Projects: Analyze data to determine the transport of heat by coastal internal waves. Develop numerical tools to study transport and dispersion of water-borne materials by internal waves. Analyze data to quantify transport of sediments in an estuary.

Background/skills sought in an undergraduate: Background and interest in physics. Experience in data analysis using programming/graphics software such as Matlab.

Ricardo Letelier Ricardo Letelier

1994, Ph.D., Oceanography, University of Hawaii at Manoa
1988, B.S., Marine Biology, 1988Universidad de Concepcion, Chile

Interests: Scales of response of marine pelagic microorganisms, populations, and communities to environmental perturbations; the role of these responses on biogeochemical cycles, primary productivity, nitrogen fixation, photosynthesis, chlorophyll passive (solar-induced) fluorescence; and the physical and chemical factors controlling these processes.

Potential Projects: Scales of variability of phytoplankton productivity in the coastal environments; the interpretation of phytoplankton passive fluorescence as measured from space, seasonal, and long-term changes in pelagic community structure in the North Pacific subtropical gyre with emphasis in phytoplankton production.

Background/skills sought in an undergraduate: Interest in learning about and applying remote sensing techniques to measure ocean productivity

Jonathan Nash Jonathan Nash

2000, Ph.D., Physical Oceanography, Oregon State University
1995, M.Sc., Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
1991, B.Sc., Engineering Physics, Queen's University at Kingston, Ont.

Interests: Exploring the physics of ocean turbulence and mixing to understand ocean dynamics using innovative instrumentation, detailed analysis, and dynamical models.

Potential Projects: Deployment of acoustic sensors near a glacier face using robotic boats to listen to the ice melt. The student would sort through some existing acoustic data, prepare equipment for the fieldwork, and hopefully participate in the fieldwork, which will be in the middle of August.

Background/skills sought in an undergraduate: The successful applicant will have a strong physics, geophysics or engineering background.

Erin Pettit Erin Pettit

2003, Ph.D., Glaciology, University of Washington
1994, Sc.B, Mechanical Engineering, Brown University

Interests: : My research focuses on how glaciers and ice sheets interact with the ocean and respond to changing climate and environmental conditions. I primarily study the dynamic processes leading to glacier change and the feedbacks within the system, but along the way I focus on specific glaciers in Alaska, the Cascades, and Antarctica. Ultimately, we use these studies to understand the broader global impacts of glacier change. I also collaborate with teams to infer climate and ice-sheet history from ice cores. I use a variety of geophysical tools (seismics, acoustics, radar, time lapse imagery, GPS, etc) and modeling to understand these systems. My website: http://exploreice.org/

Potential Projects: : I have several ongoing projects that involve analysis and interpretation of existing data to study tidewater glaciers in Alaska and Antarctica and their interactions with the ocean including using time lapse imagery, underwater acoustics, fjord water properties, remote sensing, and radar. Another project focuses on mountain glaciers of the Pacific Northwest and understanding their current extent and changes. Another project could include large-scale analysis of mountain landscapes using GIS and related methods to understand how glacier erosion drives landscape evolution.

Background/skills sought in an undergraduate: Each project varies in terms of the necessary skillset and to a certain degree can be adapted to the background and interests of the student. Some basic computational skills and a willingness to learn data processing using Matlab/Python are most useful. Project may include some field work on glaciers in Oregon, Washington, or Alaska, but is not required. Experience in mountaineering or other field environments is helpful, but not necessary. Background in geology, engineering, physics, oceanography all are beneficial.

Clare Reimers Clare Reimers

1982, Ph.D., Oceanography, Oregon State University
1978, M.S., Oceanography, Oregon State University
1976, B.S., Environmental Science, University of Virginia

Interests: Clare Reimers conducts research in biogeochemistry and chemical oceanography. Her lab group employs novel electrochemical methods to study how oxidation-reduction processes drive the carbon cycle in diverse marine environments. A major focus in recent years has been the use of aquatic eddy covariance methods to assess oxygen consumption rates by the seafloor across the Oregon shelf in all seasons. For another project, electrochemical devices placed across the sediment-water interface are being deployed to harvest low-levels of electricity to power sensors by using natural, continually renewed, chemical resources in sediment and at geochemical seeps as "fuel" and dissolved seawater oxygen as oxidant. This new technology functions like a microbial fuel cell, taking advantage of the voltage gradient that occurs in the top few centimeters of the sediment column.

Potential Projects: Interns working in Reimers lab would be engaged in both field and laboratory aspects of these and other interdisciplinary studies. They would be taught analytical techniques and given the opportunity to collect and interpret data sets that reveal spatial and temporal variation in biogeochemical processes. Students may also have the opportunity to go to sea on a research cruise on the Research Vessel Oceanus.

Mary Santelmann Mary Santelmann

1988, Ph.D., Ecology, University of Minnesota
1980, M.S., Biology, University of Michigan
1978, B.S., Botany, University of Minnesota

Interests: 1. Ecosystem response to human land use and management practices; use of alternative future scenarios combined with diverse evaluative approaches. 2. Environmental and anthropogenic influences on species composition and species richness in agricultural, urban and wetland ecosystems, including effects of landscape composition and pattern on native biodiversity. 3. Ecology and biogeochemistry of wetlands and riparian systems.

Potential Projects: Sea-level rise is a documented and ongoing result of climate change. Current wetland restoration plans have the potential to be effective for a longer time if managers have accurate location data for existing habitats and can develop an informed understanding of where these habitats may exist under future conditions. The undergraduate on this project would assist in field work to accurately ground-truth edges of the Coos Bay estuary that have been initially delineated using LiDAR. The field work will involve boat surveys as well as surveys from land (where points are accessible from shore). Objectives of the field surveys are to assess the accuracy of LiDAR, identify locations of different estuarine vegetation communities, and to characterize substrate, environmental conditions, and vegetation communities associated with key locations in the estuary that are important as habitat for juvenile salmonid species. The undergraduate will assist the graduate student on the project in conducting the ground-truthing surveys.

Ground truthing will be accomplished using a laser level, digital compass, and high-resolution Algiz Global Positioning System Total Station. In addition, at specified locations, the REU student will help collect data on water depth, temperature, salinity, and substrate (for example, areas where the shoreline is rocky, sandy, marsh, eelgrass beds, lined with rip-rap etc.). These data will be useful in building relationships between environmental conditions and vegetation communities which can then be used to develop species-habitat models for juvenile Pacific salmon.

Background/skills sought in an undergraduate: Interest in using geospatial technology to detect changes in estuarine ecology

Andreas Schmittner Andreas Schmittner

1999, Ph.D., Climate & Environmental Physics, University of Bern, Switzerland
1996, Diploma, Physics, University of Bremen, Germany

Interests: Using and developing numerical (computer) models of the Earth'sclimate system in order to understand past and present changes. Interactions between the different components of the climate system such as the ocean, atmosphere, cryosphere and biosphere.

Potential Projects: Mesoscale eddies are a ubiquitous feature of the ocean, contributing to mixing and influencing the larger scale circulation. However, they are too small in size to be resolved in most global ocean circulation models. This project will explore effects of a recently proposed mathematical description (parameterization) of mesoscale eddies in a global ocean circulation model on the large scale circulation, mixing, and tracer distributions. It involves work with computer code, setting up and running a numerical climate model and analyzing the results.

Background/skills sought in an undergraduate: This project requires excellent math and physics background and the desire to work with a computer. Programming skills are an advantage but not required.

Adam Schultz Adam Schultz

1986, Ph.D., Geophysics, University of Washington
1995, M.A., Cambridge University (St. Edmund's College)
1979, B.S., Geology, Physics, Mathematics, Brown University

Interests: I study the formation and evolution of the Earth's crust and mantle. One area of particular interest is in applying geophysical methods based on electromagnetic principles to image the continental and seafloor lithosphere and asthenosphere, to determine its physical and chemical state and to infer its geological history. I also study the physical, chemical, and geomicrobiological influences on sea floor hydrothermal processes. This work involves applying and developing geophysical inverse theory, image reconstruction, and time-series analysis to a range of problems, as well as investigating the tectonic, volcanic, solid Earth and oceanic tidal influences on subseafloor hydrology. In addition to working on theoretical and computational problems, my lab is heavily involved in the practical aspects of designing and operating new instruments for terrestrial and seafloor observatory programs.

Potential Projects: I direct NSF's EarthScope/USArray magnetotelluric (MT) program and also lead a number of other field projects employing this electromagnetic imaging method to determine the structure, geologic properties and fluid content of the Earth's crust and mantle. An MT instrument measures the variations over time of the Earth's electric and magnetic fields, which provides information we use to construct 3-D images of the electrical conductivity structure beneath the surface of the investigation area. Each summer field season we also deploy a relocatable array of such stations across large regions of the US, as well as around specific targets of geodynamic interest. As the arrays progress across the country, the data we produce is used to develop increasingly comprehensive images of the electrical conductivity structure of the North American crust and mantle. Conductivity is a very sensitive indicator of the presence of magmatic and aqueous fluids; it is sensitive to the temperature and compositional variations within different regions of the crust and mantle, and it is also an important tool for studying the distribution of volatile compounds within the Earth. We employ both professional and student crew members to install and operate our network of MT instruments. Our magnetotelluric field program will be in high gear from late May-September, so there may be opportunities for undergraduates to participate in this important national program.

Background/skills sought in an undergraduate: Background in physics, math, or geology. Interest in field work.

Kip Shearman Kip Shearman

1999, Ph.D., Oceanography, Oregon State University
1993, B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, University of Colorado

Interests: My research interest is the study of physical processes in coastal ocean. Big, small, long, short, high-frequency, low-frequency, stratified, unstratified, rotating, nonrotating, forced, unforced, surface, bottom, middle - I don't care. If it's physics and coastal, I'm interested. I am most interested in understanding the dynamics of the evolving structure of the density field over the shelf. How it is affected by external forcing and how it in turn affects the circulation within the coastal ocean. My approach is observational, using innovative sampling techniques - such as Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) - coupled with modeling and analysis, to explain fundamental physical processes.

Potential Projects: Submesoscale Dynamics of the South China Sea (SDSCS): Coordinated ship-based and and glider-based surveys of the Kuroshio Branch Current (KBC) south of Taiwan. We are studying the finescale interleaving of warm, salty KBC water and cooler, fresher South China Sea water, focusing on frontal processes that occur in the presence of strong monsoon wind-forcing and extremely energetic internal tide.

LatMix: Autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) gliders, outfitted with turbulent microstructure sensors, are deployed to study mixing at oceanic fronts, including some of the first ever very high resolution observations across the north wall of the Gulf Stream.

Oregon Shelf Glider Endurance Observation: Since 2006, we have maintained a small fleet of AUV gliders operating on the Oregon shelf sampling the temperature, salinity and velocity structure during the entire year.

Background/skills sought in an undergraduate: Interest in AUV sampling and data analysis.

Alyssa Shiel Alyssa Shiel

2010, Ph.D., Oceanography, University of British Columbia
2003, B.S., Environmental Science, University of Arizona

Interests: sources, transformations, transport, and fate of metals in the environment; natural and disturbed biogeochemical cycles of metals; development of new geochemical tools; environmental archives.

Potential Projects: Potential projects in Dr. Shiel's lab include evaluating the impact of smelter emissions in Washington and British Columbia; determining the impact of trains, including open coal cars, on local metal levels; examining the importance of historic mining operations on environmental mercury and arsenic concentrations; and accessing metal levels and sources in the Columbia River Gorge and other natural areas in the Pacific Northwest. REU students working with Dr. Shiel will gain experience sampling environmental archives, such as lichens and soil, preparing samples for analysis, measuring metal concentrations and isotopic compositions, and interpreting and presenting their results.

Background/skills sought in an undergraduate: Dr. Shiel is looking for students who are excited about these types of research projects, enjoy spending time both in the lab and the field, have some background in chemistry, and are seeking hands-on experience with analytical techniques, such as ICP-MS.

Joe Stoner Joe Stoner

1995, Ph.D., Resources Minérales, Université du Québec à Montréal
1991, M.S., Geology, University of Florida
1987, B.S., Geology, University of Florida

Interests: Sediments magnetism including paleomagnetism, environmental magnetism, geomagnetism, sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleoclimatology, paleoceanography.

Potential Projects: This REU project will focus on X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) scanning of sediment cores to recover a high-resolution (sub-centimeter) record of sediment geochemistry changes. The focus of the project will be the analysis of a series of cores recovered from Fish Lake, Utah, the largest natural mountain lake in Utah, that recovered sediments pre-dating the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) and spanning the last ~30 thousand years. Previous work has focused on radiocarbon dating, paleomagnetic analysis, and lower resolution sedimentological analyses. The new XRF scanning data will be supplemented with additional sedimentological analysis. For LGM and pre-LGM sediments, the XRF and sedimentological data will be used to investigate the glacial history of the Fish Lake Plateau by making links between sediment geochemistry, sediment transport processes, and rock geochemistry of regions that past glaciers may have eroded. For sediments following the deglaciation, the XRF and sedimentological data will be used to study fluxes of lithogenic versus biogenic sedimentation to investigate changes in Holocene precipitation and primary productivity.

Background/skills sought in an undergraduate: The ideal candidate will have interests in understanding the climate history of Western North America on long timescales and interests in data management and organization. Experience or coursework in historical geology and sediment/stratigraphy is helpful, but not required.

Anne Tréhu Anne Tréhu

1982, Ph.D., Marine Geophysics, MIT-WHOI Joint program
1975, B.A., Geosciences, Princeton University

Interests: Application of geophysical data to geodynamic processes along plate boundaries; seismic data acquisition and processing.

Potential Projects: I am a seismologist interested in subduction zone earthquakes and their relationship to crustal structure in Cascadia and Chile. Student(s) will work with data from either the recent Cascadia Initiative natural source ocean bottom seismology program or data from a recent controlled source on the continental margin of northern Chile.

Background/skills sought in an undergraduate: At least one year of calculus-based physics and math is required. Courses in differential equations and linear algebra and experience programming in Matlab are recommended.

George Waldbusser George Waldbusser

2008, Ph.D., Biological Oceanography, University of Maryland
2002, M.S., Biological Oceanography, University of Connecticut
1999, B.S., Environmental Science, St. John's University, NY

Interests: Ocean Acidification Impacts on Shellfish, and Benthic Ecology and Biogeochemistry.

Potential Projects: Dissolution dynamics of oyster shell in Oregon estuaries. Oyster shell provides critical habitat for recruitment of new individuals to the population. However, little is known about the the lifetime of oyster shell in estuaries and the critical thresholds of population size, recruitment rates, and environmental conditions that ensure that the rate of new shell accretion exceeds loss. The project would entail measuring rates of shell dissolution and quantifying physical and geochemical characteristics of shell material.

Background/skills sought in an undergraduate: Interest in chemistry and method development

Greg Wilson Greg Wilson

2013, Ph.D., Oceanography, Oregon State University
2009, M.S., Oceanography, Oregon State University
2006, B.S., Physics and Computer Science, University of Victoria, Canada

Interests: I study the physics of fluid and sediment dynamics, primarily as it applies to the reshaping of ocean coasts by waves and currents. I'm developing new techniques to make quantitative measurements in the harsh nearshore environment, as well as ways to combine such measurements with models in order to improve understanding and forecasts.

Potential Projects: I'm looking for students with strong quantitative skills and an interest in ocean physics, to participate in one of two potential projects. (1) Using a new high-resolution acoustic Doppler instrument to run bench-scale experiments on turbulent fluid-sediment dynamics. Results will lay the groundwork for future ocean/flume experiments, although a summer deployment is not likely. (2) Developing UAS ("drone") techniques for measuring waves on beaches. This project involves collecting data in UAS test flights at an Oregon beach, and analyzing new and existing data. Students on either project will use/build skills in signal processing, programming (e.g. Matlab, Python, C, Verilog), and hands-on design/fabrication of scientific equipment.

Background/skills sought in an undergraduate: The ideal candidate will be interested in physics/math as they apply to environmental sciences, and have some experience with computer programming. Students should be comfortable with working hands-on in a laboratory and outdoors in the field.

David Wrathall David Wrathall

2011, Ph.D., Geography, Kings College London
2005, M.P.A. Master's of Public Administration and Policy, University of Georgia

Interests: How marginalized people in vulnerable places migrate in order to adapt to climate change impacts

Potential Projects: A student researcher is required for a project on the evolution of a key development in United Nations climate policy, The Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) on Loss and Damage. This new column of policy joins Mitigation and Adaptation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as the third column of policy action, and the space in which climate justice concerns will be negotiated by United Nations member states. Among other things, the WIM is where the international community will collectively address the unavoidable consequences of climate change, including sea level rise and resulting migration. The student researcher will read climate policy decisions relating to the Warsaw International Mechanism, and identify, locate, collate and characterize the specific documents referenced in official policy decisions. The student will be invited to participate in analysis of these documents.

Background/skills sought in an undergraduate: Basic knowledge of climate change, climate change impacts, and international climate policy is helpful, as is interest in new directions of climate policy. Training in Natural Language Processing is useful but not required.