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USGS Scientist invited to speak at 1st RISE Symposium in Puerto Rico

Christina A. Kellogg (Research Microbiologist, SPCMSC) has been invited to give a seminar at the University of Puerto Rico–Cayey's First Annual RISE Program Research Symposium on Saturday, January 28, 2017. The NIH-funded Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program seeks to increase the capacity of underrepresented students to complete Ph.D. degrees in biomedical sciences. Dr. Kellogg's talk is titled "Deep-Sea Coral Microbiomes and Environmental Metagenomics."

posted: 2017-01-18

Screenshot of video.What’s Drifting Beneath Kauai’s Ocean?

Filmed and produced by Amy West

Residents and visitors both revel in Kauai’s lush landscape, and beneath its seascape. However, it’s underwater where things don’t look so healthy—at least not here at Makua Beach.

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey got a detailed picture of the coral reef’s physical environment. Understanding just what these reefs are exposed to and for how long, may help explain why some corals here have succumbed to black band disease.

View the video!

posted: 2017-01-17

USGS research geologist Amy East prepares to collect a sample of water from the San Lorenzo River in downtown Santa Cruz on January 8, 2017. Photo by Andrew Stevens, USGS.Researchers brave storm to measure sediment carried to coast by river in Santa Cruz, California

Scientists from the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center and California Water Science Center worked day and night January 7-9 to collect samples of sediment-laden water from the flooding San Lorenzo River. It was the third high flow in a three-week period. From a pedestrian bridge in downtown Santa Cruz, they collected more than 20 samples for measurement of sediment content. The work is part of a multiyear study of how conditions in the watershed—such as total rainfall and recent flooding and drought history—affect the amount of sediment washed to the coast. Answers will help coastal and water-resource managers understand how watershed sediment output, along with the amount of sediment-associated pollutants, may change along California’s coast with year-to-year variations in storm frequency and intensity during an era of changing climate. Contact: Amy East,, 831-460-7533.

posted: 2017-01-13

New Science Center Director Guy Gelfenbaum (left) shakes hands with outgoing Center Director, Bob Rosenbauer. Photo by Rex Sanders, USGS.Guy Gelfenbaum Is New Director of Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

Dr. Guy Gelfenbaum has become the new Director of the USGS Pacific Coastal Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California. Regional Director Mark Sogge of the USGS Pacific Region announced Guy’s selection on January 4, 2017, and his official term began January 8. Guy comes to his new position from a long-time role as a USGS research oceanographer in Santa Cruz and St. Petersburg, Florida. Most recently, he led the Coastal Habitats in Puget Sound (CHIPS) project, a multidisciplinary research effort to support ecosystem recovery in Puget Sound. Guy served on the USGS Ecosystems Strategic Science Planning Team and several Pacific Northwest multiagency science-advisory teams. He succeeds Bob Rosenbauer, who has retired from USGS after directing the Center for nearly 6 years. Thanks to Bob (now a USGS emeritus scientist) and welcome to Guy! Contact: Jane Reid,, 831-460-7402.

posted: 2017-01-13

USGS Oceanographer attends the Annual American Meteorological Society Meeting to Overview New USGS–National Weather Service Collaboration

SPCMSC Research Oceanographer Joseph Long will present at the upcoming American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, held in Seattle, Washington, January 22–26, 2017. The presentation will focus on a collaboration between the USGS and NOAA/NWS to develop and validate an operational model for coastal water levels.

posted: 2017-01-12

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