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Olivia Cheriton Joins USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

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Olivia Cheriton has joined the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California, as an oceanographer in support of several projects: Pacific Coral Reef Geology and Oceanography, National Seafloor Mapping and Benthic Habitat Studies, and Climate Change Impacts to the U.S. Pacific and Arctic Coasts.

Above: Olivia Cheriton

Olivia earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). Funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, she used bottom-mounted instrument packages, moorings, and vessel surveys to study the physical oceanographic controls on coastal-ocean plankton patches called “thin layers.” She also received a U.S. Defense University Research Instrumentation Program Award for developing a new oceanographic equipment package that includes an undulating underwater vehicle with integrated optical and chemical sensors.

After receiving her Ph.D. in 2008, Olivia worked as a postdoctoral researcher with a joint position between UCSC and the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, and then as a postdoctoral researcher at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in Moss Landing, California.

Olivia has lectured and taught classes on physical oceanography, data-analysis techniques in marine science, and oceanographic instrumentation for students at UCSC, Stanford University, and Moss Landing Marine Labs. She has extensive experience overseeing dozens of simultaneous moorings and tripods with acoustic, optical, and chemical time-series oceanographic sensors; collecting oceanographic data from vessels; water-column and seabed sampling; data processing and data visualization; and publishing in peer-reviewed journals.

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USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Olivia M. Cheriton
Univ. of California, Santa Cruz

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