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Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team Welcomes New Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow


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Elena Nilsen
Above: Elena Nilsen

Elena Nilsen has joined the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team at its Menlo Park, CA, office as a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow. She will be working with Bob Rosenbauer and the team's geochemistry group, including Keith Kvenvolden (emeritus), Tom Lorenson, Fran Hostettler, Renee Takesue, and Jen Dougherty. She will be also work closely with cosponsor Kathy Kuivila, of the USGS Water Resources office in Sacramento, CA. The focus of Elena's work is to assess the impacts of anthropogenic contaminants on microbial communities and organic-matter composition in west-coast estuaries, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, and Puget Sound.

Elena comes to the USGS from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she worked with professor of ocean sciences Peggy Delaney on issues of carbon cycling, nutrient dynamics, and anthropogenic impacts on estuarine ecosystems. She obtained her B.S. at the University of California, San Diego.

Elena officially set up shop on October 1 and has had a busy first couple of weeks. She survived the myriad personnel forms and immediately headed off to Sacramento to attend the Third Biennial CALFED Science Conference, then returned just in time to take part in Tom Lorenson's remotely-operated-vehicle (ROV) cruise to sample submarine oil seeps in the Santa Barbara Channel.

Elena is a native Californian with interests in water sports (surfing, swimming, diving, rowing, kayaking), running (having completed the San Francisco Marathon), foreign travel, and San Francisco Giants baseball. Her office is on the Menlo Park campus in Building 15, and she can be reached at (650) 329-4922 or enilsen@usgs.gov.


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