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New USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellows Include Three Who Will Research Coastal and Marine Topics

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Danny Brothers
Above: Danny Brothers preparing to deploy a VideoRay remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to study ancient trees on the bottom of Fallen Leaf Lake, California, in May 2009. Brothers and his collaborators believe the trees record a medieval megadrought that occurred in the Lake Tahoe Basin. [larger version]

In October 2009, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will welcome 18 new Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellows for fiscal year 2010 (October 1, 2009, through September 30, 2010). These postdoctoral researchers will be the tenth group hired for 2-year appointments under the Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program, created by the USGS in October 2000 in honor of the agency's fifth director, Walter C. Mendenhall. Each year since the program was established, more than 15 postdoctoral Fellows have been provided an opportunity to conduct in-depth research with selected USGS staff.

Of the 18 new Fellows, 3 will be conducting research on coastal or marine topics; their mentors, project titles, and duty stations are listed below:

  • Daniel Brothers (Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego) will work with USGS scientists Uri ten Brink, Eric Geist, and Homa Lee on "Quantitative Evaluation of Tsunami Hazard to the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Coasts." Brothers will join the USGS Woods Hole Science Center, Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

  • Christopher Moy (Stanford University) will work with John Crusius (USGS), Dorothy Peteet (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University), and Tim Eglinton (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) on "Exploring the Relationship Between Past Atmospheric Dust Composition, Climate, and Biological Productivity in the Northern Pacific Ocean." Moy will be with the USGS Woods Hole Science Center, Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

  • Joseph Long (Oregon State University) will work with USGS scientists Nathaniel Plant, Abby Sallenger, Peter Howd, and Hilary Stockdon on "Prediction of Coastal Response to Extreme Storms Using High-Resolution Modeling and Data Assimilation." Long will be with the Florida Integrated Science Center, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Chris Moy prepares a 40-ft piston core for deployment Joe Long
Above left: Chris Moy prepares a 40-ft piston core for deployment in Lago Fagnano, Tierra del Fuego (Argentina), while University of Geneva graduate student Nicholas Waldmann looks on. One component of Moy's dissertation work involved participation in a study conducted by scientists and graduate students from Stanford University, the University of Texas, and the University of Geneva with the primary goal of understanding Holocene climate and tectonic evolution in southernmost South America. Photograph by Rob Dunbar, Stanford University, March 2006. [larger version]

Above right: Joe Long at an open house at the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University in July 2009. Long gave a talk about beach-surveying techniques and was photographed beside the Argo, an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) equipped with global positioning system (GPS) instrumentation used to survey areas of the beach exposed at low tide. [larger version]

The new Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellows were announced in May 2009 by USGS Acting Director Suzette Kimball, who noted that the USGS Mendenhall Program continues to attract some of the best new Ph.D. graduates from leading universities to address a broad range of science topics. She praised the enthusiasm and productivity of past Mendenhall Fellows and stated, "The influx of postdoctoral talent continues to be a vital resource for the future of our science."

Visit the Mendenhall Program Web site for brief descriptions of the research being conducted, contact information, and products.

Related Web Sites
Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program

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