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New Hires for the Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team

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Amy Draut
Above: Amy Draut examines sedimentary structures exposed in a sandbar along the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. [larger version]

Eric Grossman
Above: Eric Grossman operates a vibracorer in northern Puget Sound as a flood tide races in. [larger version]

Patrick Barnard
Above: Patrick Barnard stands beside a Webcam that he and WCMG oceanographer Dan Hanes installed on the roof of the Cliff House Restaurant overlooking San Francisco's Ocean Beach. The camera records images of the beach, which Patrick and Dan use in their research (see Ocean Beach Coastal Processes Study). [larger version]

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team (WCMG) is pleased to announce the hiring of three talented young scientists.

Amy Draut has accepted a position as a Research Geologist with WCMG, bringing to the team her significant and broad expertise in applied sedimentology, stratigraphy, geomorphology, and coastal processes and mapping. Amy received a B.S. in geological sciences and environmental studies from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in marine geology and geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program. Her dissertation was titled "Fine-Grained Sedimentation on the Chenier Plain Coast and Inner Continental Shelf, Northern Gulf of Mexico." After her graduate work, Amy moved West to work as a postdoctoral researcher with WCMG geologist Dave Rubin on sediment-transport investigations in the Grand Canyon, specifically the relationship between aeolian sedimentation and preservation of archeological sites, with applications for Glen Canyon Dam management. In addition to her thesis and postdoctoral work, Amy's impressive publication list includes papers on volcanic-arc stratigraphy and geochemistry, and Pliocene climate change. Amy is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, and the Geological Society of London. Amy will be finishing her postdoctoral work in the next few months and begin her new WCMG appointment in February 2006.

Eric Grossman has also accepted a position as a Research Geologist in WCMG, a conversion from his current term appointment to a permanent appointment. Eric's expertise includes coral reefs, sea-floor and coastal geology and geomorphology, shallow stratigraphy of shelf and estuarine settings, and benthic habitats. Eric received a B.A. in geography from the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!), followed by an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Hawai'i. As a graduate student, Eric worked on his thesis, "Holocene Sea-Level History and Reef Development in Hawaii and the Central Pacific Ocean," as well as coauthoring the impressive USGS publication Atlas of Natural Hazards in the Hawaiian Coastal Zone (USGS Geologic Investigations Map I-2761). After graduate school, Eric came to WCMG as a postdoctoral researcher, continuing his work on Hawaiian coral reefs with Mike Field and beginning a new effort on central California continental-shelf deposits. Eric currently serves as the leader of the "Geological Reconstruction and Habitat Change of Major River Deltas" task in WCMG's Puget Sound project and as co-leader of the new bureauwide USGS integrated science program "Multi-Disciplinary Coastal Habitats in Puget Sound." Eric also spearheads research on submarine ground-water discharge and its impact on coral reefs in Hawai'i and leads the "Rapid Sea-Level Rise and Reef Response" task of WCMG's Coral Reefs project. Eric is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, the International Society for Reef Studies, the Ecological Society of America, the Estuarine Research Foundation, the Association of American Geographers, and the International Quaternary Association, and he is currently serving on the King County (WA) scientific steering committee on Climate Change Impacts to the Puget Sound Coastal Sector.

Patrick Barnard has accepted our offer to stay with WCMG as a term Research Geologist after completing his current position as a USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow. WCMG will continue to count on Patrick's considerable expertise in shoreline and shallow-marine erosion and deposition, processes, and mapping. Patrick received a B.S. degree in geology from Williams College; an M.S. from the University of South Florida, where he worked on the evolution of tidal inlets on Florida's west coast; and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside. His dissertation was titled "The Timing and Nature of Glaciofluvial Erosion and Resedimentation in the Himalaya: The Role of Glacial and Paraglacial Processes in the Evolution of High Mountain Landscapes." After his graduate work, Patrick came to WCMG as a USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow, conducting work focused on Ocean Beach, CA, and the fascinating ebb-tidal delta at the mouth of San Francisco Bay. This study is designed to advance understanding of physically based models of sediment transport, morphologic change, and formation of sedimentary deposits along the coast. Significant partnerships with local and State agencies have resulted from these investigations, relationships that have since led to outside funding agreements for studies of coastal processes in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Patrick is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America.

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