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New Faces at the Pacific Science Center in Santa Cruz, CA


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Elaine Lakin-Wells, Krystal Green, Alan Allwardt, Amy Draut, Omri Franco, Dana Wingfield
From left to right: Elaine Lakin-Wells, Krystal Green (see related article, this issue), Alan Allwardt, Amy Draut, Omri Franco (a student intern with Curt Storlazzi and Jane Reid), and Dana Wingfield.

Several new people have joined the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s Coastal and Marine Geology team at the Pacific Science Center in Santa Cruz, CA. Short biographies and a group photograph follow. We welcome these additions to our growing center in Santa Cruz!

Alan Allwardt's academic background is in structural geology (M.S., University of California, Santa Cruz [UCSC], 1979) and the history of earth sciences (Ph.D., UCSC, 1990). After working as a consulting geologist in Santa Cruz for 11 years, he enrolled in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University to study archival principles and practices. He received a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree in 2003 and was recently hired as an information specialist at the USGS Pacific Science Center in Santa Cruz, CA, with additional ties to the USGS Field Center in Woods Hole, MA. Alan will be working on a catalog and thesaurus for the Marine Realms Information Bank (MRIB), a distributed library of World Wide Web resources initially developed by the USGS Field Center in Woods Hole in conjunction with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. MRIB is one component of the USGS Coastal and Marine Knowledge Bank, with a pilot project currently underway to address the Monterey Bay area. He has lived in Santa Cruz—on and off—for more than 30 years.

Elaine Lakin-Wells is our new administrative assistant/secretary/facilities manager. She graduated from St. Mary's College of Moraga, CA, in 1983 with a B.S. in business administration and economics. In 1984, she started at Lockheed Missiles and Space as a department budget analyst for the Product Assurance Division of the company's Missile Systems Division (MSD). Elaine then became test director for the Device Signature Analysis testing. In 1987, she retired to start a family. She returned to the workforce as a temporary employee and in 1999 became a human-resources administration assistant at ATI Research Silicon Valley, Inc., a graphics company. In 2001, Elaine received a Human Resources Certificate from UCSC. While updating her computer-application skills at West Valley Community College, she assisted with the bookkeeping of the Villa Del Monte Water Co. Elaine is a California native and a long-time resident of the Santa Cruz Mountains—25-plus years.

Amy Draut is doing postdoctoral study through UCSC with Dave Rubin, working on eolian sediment transport in Grand Canyon and investigating the role of eolian sedimentation in the preservation of archeological sites there. She just moved to Santa Cruz after spending 10 years in Boston. Amy completed her Ph.D. through a joint program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in March 2003. She spent the summer doing fieldwork in the Talkeetna Mountains of Alaska, studying volcaniclastic sedimentary rocks of a Jurassic island-arc complex. Her interests include geomorphology, coastal and near-shore sedimentology and stratigraphy, and the use of trace-element geochemistry to study subduction-zone processes.

Dana Wingfield, who comes from Richmond, VA, graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2003 with a B.A. in environmental sciences. She is an intern at the Pacific Science Center with Jane Reid and Curt Storlazzi, working on two subtasks in the Western Region Benthic Habitat Project. For usSEABED, Dana is working toward the addition of new data, primarily from (but not limited to) the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, she is doing preliminary analysis of wave data for central California, in anticipation of integrating usSEABED data with these data to predict areas of seabed affected by waves, storms, and seasonal, annual, and interannual climatic conditions. Dana is applying to graduate school at UCSC, to begin in fall 2004.


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