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Oceanographer Joins the Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team

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Kathy Presto
Above: Kathy Presto uses the "backpack," a mobile benthic/boundary-layer instrument package, to make spatial measurements of flow and terrestrial-sediment resuspension on South Moloka'i's (Hawai'i) shallow fringing-reef flat.

Kathy Presto has recently joined the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team as an oceanographer.

Kathy received her B.S. degree in geology from Boston College and recently completed an M.S. degree in geological oceanography at the University of Washington (UW). While working on her Master's research, she participated in five USGS/UW cooperative field experiments investigating sediment dynamics on Hawaiian coral reefs, and three cruises as part of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded MARGINS source-to-sink project off Papua New Guinea. Kathy gained valuable field experience with hydrodynamics and sediment-transport instrumentation during her work on these projects, and this experience will be beneficial at the USGS, where Kathy will be working with Curt Storlazzi, Mike Field, and others in the Coral Reef Project looking at oceanographic and geologic controls (including terrestrial-sediment runoff) on coral-reef ecosystems in the United States and U.S. Trust Territories. Kathy's efforts will focus on all aspects of the project, from data collection in the field to processing, analyzing, compiling, and presenting the results of the study.

Those of you on the Menlo Park, CA, campus might remember that Kathy was an ECO (Environmental Careers Organization) intern for the USGS from 1999 to 2001, working with Mike Torresan in the Sedimentological Laboratory and with Monty Hampton on studies of coastal-cliff retreat as part of the 1997-98 El Niño project. Kathy left the USGS in 2001 to head up to Seattle to work on her Master's degree at UW under the guidance of Andrea Ogston, whom Kathy met at the USGS when Andrea was a postdoctoral researcher working with Dave Cacchione.

Please come by cubical C-22 in the Pacific Science Center in Santa Cruz, CA, and welcome Kathy back to the USGS.

Related Sound Waves Stories
West Maui Coastal Circulation Experiment: Understanding the Movement of Sediment, Coral Larvae, and Contaminants Along Coral Reefs
August 2003
Recent Flood-Derived Sediment Collected on Moloka'i's Coral Reef
April 2002

Related Web Sites
Western Coastal and Marine Geology
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Santa Cruz & Menlo Park, CA
Source-to-Sink Focus Site: Papua New Guinea
School of Oceanography
University of Washington
Coral Reef Studies
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Environmental Careers Organization
Environmental Careers Organization (ECO)

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