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Mendenhall Research Fellow to Study Sediment Fluxes in San Francisco Bay

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Lissa MacVean
Above: Lissa MacVean.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California, recently welcomed Lissa MacVean, a new USGS Mendenhall Research Fellow. MacVean completed her Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), with a focus on environmental fluid mechanics. In her thesis research, she investigated hydrodynamics, sediment cycling, and dispersive fluxes in Coyote Creek, outside some of the salt ponds that were breached for large-scale marsh restoration in South San Francisco Bay. She earned her B.S. and M.S. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Michigan and worked as a consulting engineer in Guatemala City and Los Angeles before starting her Ph.D. studies. Her postdoctoral project, titled "Sediment Cycling Between Estuarine Habitats," will be a field and numerical-modeling study of sediment fluxes across the subtidal/intertidal interface in San Francisco Bay. Her advisors are USGS research oceanographers Jessica Lacy and Bruce Jaffe, USGS research hydrologist Dave Schoellhamer, and associate professor Mark Stacey of the UCB Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. MacVean is one of 22 recent Ph.D. graduates joining the USGS in Fiscal Year 2011 (which began October 1, 2010) as part of the USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program. To learn more about the program, visit http://geology.usgs.gov/postdoc/.

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