Willapa Bay, Washington
Chuck's research interests include the modern and ancient formation of sedimentary strata in continental margin environments, and the effects of physical and biological oceanic processes on sedimentary characteristics. He obtained his Ph.D in Geological Oceanography at the University of Washington in 1978 and returned to join the UW faculty in 1998.
Andrea Ogston was drawn to the study of sediment transport while driving past mud flats, walking along beaches with crashing waves, and sailing across river plumes laden with sediment. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at Oregon State University, and after a few years in environmental consulting she returned to academia for graduate study in Oceanography. Since joining the faculty in the School of Oceanography in 2000, she has focused her research on the interaction between geological and physical oceanography of the coastal ocean, using observational techniques to study the dispersal of sediment from river to deep sea.
Rip graduated from Brown University in 2006, receiving a BS with Honors in Geology/Biology. His senior thesis employed coastal sediment cores to reconstruct the record of major hurricanes in the northeast US over the past 5000 years. After working as a coastal geologist for a Boston-area environmental consulting firm, Rip returned to academia in the fall of 2008 in pursuit of a masters and PhD at the UW. Rip is interested in nearshore sediment transport; specifically, linking instrument data with data from sediment cores to understand transport processes and deposition. For his masters degree, Rip used cores to study the effects of a major typhoon on sedimentation in a submarine canyon off the SW coast of Taiwan. For his PhD, Rip is studying the fate of sediment exiting the Waipaoa river in New Zealand, and what processes are responsible for transporting it along, across, and off the continental shelf. Outside of his research, Rip enjoys all-things outdoors, especially cycling, rock climbing, snowboarding, and camping.
Katie graduated from Dartmouth College in 2008 with a degree in Earth Sciences. While there, she spent a semester with the Sea Education Association (SEA) and discovered her interest in the oceans. For her undergraduate thesis, she helped calibrate a 2000-year record of major hurricane events along the northeastern coast based on preserved layers in the sedimentary record. After a summer working for SEA, Katie headed to UW to continue studying coastal sedimentary processes and archives. Her master’s work involved relating sediment transport processes to short-and long-term sediment deposition patterns and rates in Willapa Bay, WA. For her PhD, she is working in Alaska, Patagonia, and western Antarctic Peninsula fjords to study the processes controlling the erosion, transfer and accumulation of sediment in glacial-marine environments. Besides glaciers and the ocean, Katie loves outdoor sports, running and throwing pottery.
Dan came to the UW in 2008 after a stint at the U.S. Geological Survey's National Research Program, where he studied flow and transport in the Florida Everglades. His undergraduate degree is from Syracuse University, and he completed his M.S.E. in Civil & Environmental Engineering at the UW in 2010, where he investigated sediment transport in and removal from the Columbia River plume. He's now pursuing his Ph.D. in Oceanography, studying sediment transport and fluid mechanics in various tidally influenced environments, including tidal flats and large tidal rivers. Apart from research, he enjoys traveling to South America, hiking the North Cascades, and working on his 22-year-old Toyota Land Cruiser.
Aaron graduated from Carleton College in 2009 with a degree in Geology. After a year spent living and working in Chile, Aaron joined the School of Oceanography at UW in 2010. He is interested in understanding modern sedimentary processes and deposits in order to better understand ancient sedimentary systems. Aaron's master's work focuses on sedimentation in Lake Chelan, in the North Cascades of Washington state. His work on Lake Chelan examines deltaic dynamics and coupled fluvial-lacustrine sedimentation associated with the Stehekin River. In his free time Aaron enjoys hiking, B&W photography, travel, and working on old (<$1000) cars.
Emily completed B.S. degrees in civil engineering and geology at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2008 and 2010, respectively. She chose geology as a career field after years of hiking in the Chugach and Talkeetna mountains and driving past the silty tidal flats of Cook Inlet. She joined the University of Washington School of Oceanography in 2011 to study offshore, fine-grained sediment dynamics following removal of the Glines Canyon and Elwha dams. Outside of school Emily enjoys hiking, photography, and various arts & crafts.
Suzan is a PhD student at the Federal University of Para (UFPA) in Brazil in the Marine Geology and Geochemistry Graduate Program. She is currently participating in the PDSE program as a visiting student at the UW School of Oceanography. Her current work includes processing mud samples from the Coreau estuary in northeastern Brazil, in order to determine accumulation rate and particle size. Her graduate work is entitled "Recognizing coastal environments by remote sensing," and focuses on the morphologic estuary evolution of the Coreau River estuary in northeastern Brazil over three time scales. In her free time, she loves reading, hiking, rowing, and boxing.
Wenhua is from Nanjing University in China and came to the UW as a visiting student for one year, from September 2013 to September 2014. She is now pursuing her Ph.D. in Marine Geology, studying sediment sources and transport in ocean. Wenhua has already carried out research on sediment and dissolved solids in alpine glacier catchments, and their relationship with climate change in northwest China, which helped her discover her interest in sediment dynamic processes. Now, her research focuses on the quantitative analysis of marine sediment sources and sediment transport rates in the southern Yellow Sea in China, using tracer methods and models. Apart from research, she enjoys traveling, photography and climbing.
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Kristen’s PhD research includes the sediment dispersal and accumulation of small deltas in Puget Sound, specifically the Elwha and Skagit River deltas. She traces sediment through the water to the seabed, using time series instruments and sediment cores. Kristen came to UW Oceanography to learn more about sediment transport after finishing her M.S. in Earth Science at the University of Maine, there she studied post glacial sea-level change in the Gulf of Maine, using seabed techniques (long cores, multibeam, seismic, and side scan) to date drowned shoreline deposits at -60 m water depth. She received her B.A. in Geosciences from Williams College and after graduating worked at the US Geological Survey in the Coastal Marine Geology Program in Menlo Park, CA. Kristen is also interested in new ways to get undergrads and GK-12 students excited about geology.