Triple-Header Retirement Party in Western Region
Peter Barnes, Jim Bischoff, and Alan Cooper were feted by the Western Region Coastal and
Marine Geology (WRCMG) team at Ming's Restaurant in Palo Alto, CA, on February 21, 2002,
to celebrate their retirements after a combined 104 years of service to the USGS.
Steve Eittreim reviewed Peter Barnes' impact on Arctic marine processes and
recognition in the research and outreach arenas. Bob Rosenbauer discussed key discoveries
that Jim Bischoff, a WRCMG alumnus, made in geochemistry of marine and terrestrial
environments. Dave Scholl and Jon Childs detailed Alan Cooper's long interest in high
latitudes in both hemispheresthe Bering Sea and Antarcticaand his role as shepherd
of the Antarctic Seismic Data Library.
Western Region retirees (from left to right) Peter Barnes, Jim Bischoff, and Alan Cooper
attend a luncheon in their honor. Photograph by Stephanie Ross.
Homa Lee and Terry Bruns presented the honorees with gift certificates and inscribed plaques
decorated with USGS benchmarks. Because retirement can be viewed as another field
activity, the retirees were outfitted with special copies of field-activity collection-system
(FACS) notebooks assembled by Clint Steele, Carolyn Degnan, and Florence Wong.
As is commonly the case, long-buried stories emerged for good or ill. We learned that
Alan Cooper created havoc on board the research vessel S.P. Lee in 1984 when he collected
an oversize boulder in Antarctica that got loose on the Lee's deck in rough seas. After
35 years, Jim Bischoff explained to Harry Cook that the abortive explosion of Harry's
experiment in a UC Berkeley laboratory when they were both grad students was an
accident. Steve Eittreim recounted a harrowing first sail with Peter Barnes from Santa
Cruz to San Francisco.
About 50 WRCMG team members and guests attended to wish the retirees well at the
event, which was efficiently organized by Anne Gartner and Terry Bruns.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Menlo Park, California
in this issue:
Gas-Hydrate Research Wells Completed
Moloka'i Coral Reef Sediment
Role of Parasites in Ecosystems
Public Art Project
Marine Science Day
Marine Environmental Careers Symposium
Students Visit Woods Hole
Congressional Briefing on Wetlands
Woods Hole Science Fairs
TalksDOE and College of William and Mary
Netherlands Sediment-Transport Collaboration
Tampa Bay Estuary Tour
Monterey Bay Research Award
Japanese Land-Management Team Visits St. Pete
Western Region Retirements
Woods Hole Visitor
April Publications List