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New Group of Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellows Includes Seven Conducting Coastal and Marine Research

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Li Erikson, pictured here with her daughter Sanna
Above: Incoming USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellow Li Erikson, pictured here with her daughter Sanna in May 2005 at Twin Lakes Beach in Santa Cruz, California. [larger version]

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will welcome a new group of USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellows on October 1, 2008, the start of the Federal Government’s fiscal year 2009 (FY09). Of the 14 postdoctoral researchers in the class of FY09, 7 will be conducting research on coastal and marine topics:

  • Serena Moseman (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego) will work with Kevin Kroeger, John Crusius, and John Bratton of the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program and Eric Sundquist of the USGS Water Resources Discipline's National Research Program on "Greenhouse Gas Fluxes from the Land/Sea Margin and the Coastal Zone." Serena will be stationed at the USGS Woods Hole Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

  • Christopher Smith (Louisiana State University) will work with Peter Swarzenski and Richard Poore of the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program on "An Interdisciplinary (Geologic, Hydrologic and Biologic) Investigation of the Processes Controlling Florida’s Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)." Christopher will be stationed at the USGS Florida Integrated Science Center office in St. Petersburg.

  • Ryan Moyer (Ohio State University) will work with Kim Yates and Robert Halley of the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program on "Effects of Carbon Dioxide on Neritic Calcifying Organisms and Carbonate Sediments" at the USGS Florida Integrated Science Center office in St. Petersburg.

  • Li Erikson (Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden) will work with Bruce Richmond, Curt Storlazzi, and Patrick Barnard of the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program, geographer Carl Markon of the USGS Alaska Science Center, and John (Lyle) Mars of the USGS Eastern Mineral Resources Team on "Historical Shoreline Positions and Coastal Change of the U.S. Arctic Coast." Li will be part of the USGS Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team in Santa Cruz, California.

  • Alex Apotsos (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) will work with Bruce Jaffe, Guy Gelfenbaum, and Eric Geist of the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program, Brian Atwater of the USGS Earthquake Hazards Team, and Vasily Titov of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on "Tsunami Sedimentology." Alex will be part of the USGS Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team in Santa Cruz, California.

  • R. Burton Thomas (Pennsylvania State University) will work with Robert Rosenbauer of the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program, Yousif Kharaka of the USGS Water Resources Discipline’s National Research Program, and Robert Burruss of the USGS Energy Resources Team on "Geologic Storage of CO2: Potential Environmental and Human Health Effects." Burton will be part of the Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team in Menlo Park, California.

  • Christopher Conaway (University of California, Santa Cruz) will work with Curt Storlazzi, Jon Warrick, Amy Draut, and Dave Rubin of the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program on "Brown-to-Blue: Fluvial Deposition in the Coastal Ocean and Its Impact on Nearshore Ecosystems." Christopher will be part of the USGS Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team in Santa Cruz, California.

The FY09 postdoctoral researchers will be the ninth group hired for 2-year appointments under the Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program, established in 2001 in honor of Walter C. Mendenhall, the fifth director of the USGS. In December 2007, the 100th Mendenhall Fellow joined us at the Reno office. Plans are underway for recruiting the FY10 class.

The Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellowship Program's Web site contains brief descriptions of the research being conducted by Mendenhall Fellows, contact information, and lists of products. The influx of postdoctoral talent through the Mendenhall Program continues to be a vital resource for the future of our science.

Related Web Sites
USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program
USGS (U.S. Geological Survey)

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