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Jingping Xu Becomes a Permanent Member of the Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team


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Jingping Xu has become a permanent Research Oceanographer on the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team. Jingping brings to the team his significant and broad expertise in sediment transport, pollutant transport, coastal dynamics, and software development. Jingping received B.S. and M.S. degrees in marine sciences from Shandong College of Oceanography, China, and a Ph.D. in geological oceanography from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). After his graduate work, Jingping held postdoctoral research appointments with VIMS and Louisiana State University (LSU) and was a Research Assistant Professor at LSU. His early work focused on sediment transport in Chesapeake Bay and along the Louisiana coast, with a special emphasis on barrier islands.

Jingping came to the USGS in 1996 as a postdoctoral researcher, working with Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team scientists Steve Eittrem, Marlene Noble, and Dave Cacchione in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and along the central California coast. Subsequently, Jinpging has been a major player in the team's Southern California project, including high-profile work offshore Palos Verdes funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, pollution studies at Huntington Beach, and post-wildfire work in the Santa Clara River delta. Most recently, his work in Monterey Canyon led to the important first in-place measurements of a large turbidity flow in a major submarine canyon (see Sound Waves article "Instruments Record Turbidity Flows in Monterey Canyon, California").

Jingping has extensive experience in designing field experiments, as well as in the retrieval, transfer, and processing of field data. He has also developed numerous software programs to help in the acquisition, quality control, process, and display of oceanographic data. In my short time as chief scientist of the Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team, I have become very aware of Jingping's special expertise in recovering instruments that are lost, covered by sediment, or otherwise distressed (for example, see Sound Waves article "Looking for a Needle in a Haystack,"). This is one area where I would like him to do less work in the future! Jingping is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the Marine Technology Society.

Jingping will be moving from his present office in Menlo Park to Santa Cruz this winter. We look forward to Jingping's continued work with the team and the Coastal and Marine Geology Program.


Related Sound Waves Stories
Looking for a Needle in a Haystack—Search for Missing Instruments Yields Valuable New Data
March 2004
USGS Instruments Record Turbidity Flows in Monterey Canyon, California
February 2004

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