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Coastal Geomorphologist Joins Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team

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David Finlayson
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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s Western Coastal and Marine Geology (WCMG) Team recently welcomed David Finlayson to the USGS Pacific Science Center in Santa Cruz, Calif. David is a USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow (see URL http://geology.usgs.gov/postdoc/) who will be working with WCMG scientists Guy Gelfenbaum, Eric Grossman, Jessie Lacy, and Jon Warrick on the Coastal Habitats in Puget Sound project.

David is a coastal geomorphologist with a specialization in large-scale surface-process analysis. He earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Washington (UW), working with Ralph Haugerud (USGS) and Harvey Greenberg (UW) as an undergraduate, David Montgomery (UW) and Bernard Hallet (UW) as an M.S. candidate, and Jeff Parsons (UW) and Miles Logsdon (UW) as a Ph.D. candidate. David's M.S. thesis focused on the bedrock erosion of Himalayan rivers, and his Ph.D. thesis focused on the dynamics of sand and gravel beaches in Puget Sound and how the morphodynamics of these beaches influence the structure of intertidal habitat. For David's work as a Mendenhall postdoc, he has proposed examining how the low-tide terraces of Puget Sound are formed and what impact these terraces have on the structure of eelgrass meadows growing on the terrace. He uses geographic information systems (GISes) extensively in his work to analyze and integrate data from remote imagery, high-resolution topography, and numerical models.

David has relocated to Santa Cruz from Seattle, Wash., with his wife, Leslie, and their 2½-year old daughter, Madrona. If you are in Santa Cruz, come by Room C16 to welcome him to the USGS!

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