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New Employees Join the Western Region Coastal and Marine Geology Team

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Several new employees have joined the Coastal and Marine Geology team in the Western Region. Amy Foxgrover and Bob Peters came onboard in March on term appointments. They are working in Santa Cruz, CA, for Bruce Jaffe. Amy does Geographic Information Systems (GIS) modeling for the San Francisco Placed-Based project. She received a B.S. degree in environmental studies, with an emphasis on GIS, from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2000. Amy was an Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) intern with the San Francisco Bay Historical Sedimentation project from August 2000 until March 2002. Bob is a geologist studying tsunami deposits for the Tsunami Risk Assessment project; he has been working with the project since October 2000. Bob received an M.S. degree in earth sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2000.

Margaret Hampton joined the team in January 2002 as an ECO intern. A geologist for the San Francisco Placed-Based project, Margaret received a B.S. degree in earth sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2000. She is working with Bruce Jaffe on identification of mercury-contaminated hydraulic-mining debris in northern San Francisco Bay and with David Rubin and Noah Snyder on seasonal grain-size variations in Suisun Bay, in the northeastern section of the San Francisco Bay watershed. Margaret became interested in studying geology when she was in the Education Abroad Program (EAP) at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Michelle Lopez was hired on a term appointment to work with Jim Hein. Michelle studied marine geochemistry and mineralogy at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami, Florida, where she worked for Peter Swart. After leaving Miami, Michelle studied archeology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she has finished all the requirements for a Ph.D. except the thesis (which is how she'll be spending her evenings for the next several years!). Michelle is stationed in Menlo Park, CA. Her duties on the Coastal and Marine Geology team include managing the mineralogy lab; processing samples and running the X-ray diffraction (XRD) machine; analyzing XRD data; processing mineralogic, geochemical, and isotopic data and providing statistical analyses of those data; doing computer graphics; and doing some writing—all applied to our contaminant and mineral studies. Michelle also provides other members of the team with XRD data as needed for their projects.


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