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Patricia "Soupy" Dalyander Is New Mendenhall Research Fellow in Woods Hole

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Above: Patricia "Soupy" Dalyander. Her nickname was bestowed by her older brother long ago.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, is very pleased to welcome Patricia "Soupy" Dalyander as a USGS Mendenhall Research Fellow. Dalyander received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida, where she developed optical techniques for the detection of particles in fluid suspension; an M.S. in oceanography from Oregon State University, where she investigated nearshore morphological variability; and a B.S. in physics and mathematics from Eckerd College. For 3 years after earning her M.S., and continuing during her Ph.D. studies, Dalyander worked with the USGS sediment-transport group in Woods Hole on various regional sediment-transport studies, including a strategy to rank the intensity of storms on the basis of bottom stress. For the past 2 years, she was a research scientist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where she investigated the influence of menhaden, a type of fish, on eutrophication (the effects of excessive nutrients) in Chesapeake Bay, using an individual-based fish model coupled to a water-quality model. Dalyander's Mendenhall project, titled "Developing Seafloor Disturbance Indices Based on Bottom Stress for Habitat Mapping and Marine Spatial Planning," is to develop indices of seafloor disturbance on the continental margin caused by bottom stress, using the Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere-Wave-Sediment Transport (COAWST) model. (See "Unlocking Oceans of Model Data via Web Services," this issue, for a preliminary map of mean bottom stress calculated by using the COAWST model.) These indices will help define seafloor environments, and have application to the Marine Spatial Planning that has recently been mandated nationwide by the Executive Office of the President. Dalyander's principal USGS advisor is oceanographer Bradford Butman, and her coadvisors are John Warner (principal developer of COAWST), Chris Sherwood, Richard Signell, and Page Valentine. Dalyander is one of 22 recent Ph.D. graduates joining the USGS in Fiscal Year 2011 (which began October 1, 2010) as part of the USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program. To learn more about the program, visit

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