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Patrick Barnard Becomes the Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team's Newest Research Geologist

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Patrick Barnard
Above: Patrick Barnard, with foggy Golden Gate Bridge in background. [larger version]
It is a great pleasure to announce that Patrick Barnard has accepted our offer to be a Research Geologist in the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team. In this position, Patrick will continue to provide the team with his strong expertise in understanding coastal processes, environments, and evolution.

Patrick received a B.A. in Geology from Williams College, an M.S. in Coastal Geology from the University of South Florida, and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of California, Riverside. His dissertation, titled "The Timing and Nature of Glaciofluvial Erosion and Resedimentation in the Himalaya: The Role of Paraglacial Processes in the Evolution of High Mountain Landscapes," involved work in Tibet, northern India, and Nepal (a coastal environment about 45 million years ago). Patrick also worked for 4 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory while he was completing his dissertation.

Patrick came to the USGS Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team in 2003 as a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellow, designing a project to develop physically based models of sediment transport, morphologic change, coastal erosion, and formation of sedimentary deposits along the San Francisco coast (see URL http://geology.usgs.gov/postdoc/profiles/barnard.html). This work has included imaging and analysis of a spectacular sand-wave field at the mouth of San Francisco Bay (see Sound Waves article, "Giant Underwater Sand Waves Seaward of the Golden Gate Bridge"). Patrick's successful postdoctoral work grew into a task on the team's Coastal Evolution Modeling Project, attracting external support from Federal, State, and local agencies. Meanwhile, Patrick has also served as leader of the Coastal Change in the California Urban Ocean task of the California Urban Ocean Project. That task, funded almost entirely by State and local agencies, examines sediment transport, sediment budgets, and coastal erosion along the coast of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. For both the San Francisco and Santa Barbara-Ventura efforts, Patrick has repeatedly organized and mobilized large field surveys. His integrated approach has included:

  • numerical modeling,
  • periodic three-dimensional beach surveys,
  • bathymetric surveys using jet skis and swath tools,
  • onshore and offshore grain-size analysis, using bed-sediment cameras,
  • real-time video monitoring,
  • subbottom seismic-reflection surveys, and
  • instrument deployments to measure waves, currents, and sediment transport.

Patrick is currently a member of the Geological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association.

We look forward to his continued contributions to USGS coastal and marine research.

Related Sound Waves Stories
Giant Underwater Sand Waves Seaward of the Golden Gate Bridge
September 2006

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Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program
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San Francisco Bight Coastal Processes Study
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Coastal Evolution Modeling Project
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