PBS series “Changing Seas” joined a BATS cruise during January 2017 to film an episode that introduces the biological and solubility pumps (featuring BIOS’s Nick Bates, Rod Johnson and Amy Mass, and Dennis Hansell).
PBS series “Changing Seas” joined a BATS cruise during January 2017 to film an episode that introduces the biological and solubility pumps (featuring BIOS’s Nick Bates, Rod Johnson and Amy Mass, and Dennis Hansell).
OCB-sponsored participants of the Cornell Satellite Remote Sensing Course held in June 2016 in Ithaca, NY.
Emily Bockmon studies carbonate chemistry in the ocean, focusing on best practices for measurement and calibration of instrumentation. In 2014, she completed her PhD at Scripps Institution of Oceanography where she is currently she is working as a researcher. Next year, Emily will begin as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Oceanography at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is excited to focus on the Central Californian coastal upwelling environment and the local biogeochemistry and ocean acidification.
“For me, this class really was a crash course introducing me to the world of satellite measurements and data. I am very grateful to Bruce and the TAs for their patience and facilitation of the course, as well as my amazing peers who were willing to offer trouble-shooting help and great conversation. I appreciated how much hands-on work we did, diving into various datasets and possibilities for processing them. I walked away with practical knowledge and practice in collecting and using satellite data, which is exactly what I was hoping for. I feel as though I have been exposed to a new world of data, beyond the bench chemistry I am familiar with, and I am looking forward to pairing these measurements in the future.”
Phil Bresnahan received his PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2015. Working in Professor Todd Martz’s lab, he developed in situ sensors to study the marine inorganic carbon system. His two main efforts involved designing a microfluidic total dissolved inorganic carbon analyzer for Argo floats and applying SeaFET/SeapHOx sensor technology in coastal ecosystems. Bresnahan is now an Environmental Scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, a non-profit research organization focused on issues of mutual scientific and management-related importance in San Francisco Bay. At SFEI, he leads the efforts to characterize SF Bay’s biogeochemical variability utilizing moored sensors.
“I couldn’t speak more highly of the Cornell Satellite Remote Sensing Course. Every aspect (well, except for the cold showers—hopefully Cornell has fixed that by now!) exceeded my expectations. Bruce Monger’s teaching style was thoughtful and effective and he was a great organizer; his passion for education and remote sensing reflectance was inspiring. While my core expertise is in situ sensor development and application, I fully realize the necessity of combining multiple tools and analytical approaches. I’m excited to see what doors the course opens for me! PS: I’m processing Landsat8/OLI data using my newly acquired skills as I write this. Thanks, OCB and Bruce, for a great opportunity!”
Dylan Catlett is a 2nd year PhD student in marine science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is advised primarily by Dave Siegel. Currently, his research interests lie in linking optical, chemotaxonomic, and molecular indices of phytoplankton community structure and diversity. Prior to beginning his graduate degree, he studied biology and chemistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he also conducted research on the molecular responses of diatoms to iron and light limitation.
“The Satellite Remote Sensing course at Cornell was phenomenal. The course was extremely hands-on and application-oriented, making it an excellent and practical introduction to ocean color remote sensing and programming with Python. By the end of the course, I was able to comfortably obtain, process, and analyze satellite ocean color data. I returned to work after the course with much improved programming skills, which has already benefited my research immensely. The class was one of the most well organized I have ever experienced, and the instructor did a wonderful job creating a productive and fun learning environment. The diverse backgrounds of my fellow students led to interesting discussions, both in and outside of class, and further contributed to the educational experience. Finally, Ithaca was a joy to explore on days off. I would highly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in using ocean color remote sensing products in their research.”
Jack Pan is a third-year PhD student working with Dr. Maria Vernet and Dr. Greg Mitchell at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). He obtained his BS in Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, and MS in Marine Biology at SIO. Prior to enrolling at SIO, Jack worked on numerous projects at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory focusing on integrating oceanographic studies with applied sciences. In order to achieve a better understanding of the rapidly changing polar ecology and biogeochemistry, he is interested in utilizing optics-focused techniques to assimilate field measurements, remote sensing, and numerical models.
“I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge during the Cornell Satellite Remote Sensing course in summer 2016. During this class, I learned to process and effectively utilize satellite data for my research; materials from every lecture and lab session were almost instantly helpful to my work. The course instructor, Dr. Bruce Monger, is a very kind and patient individual. He explained the material very clearly and made sure every student was doing well; and moreover, he fostered a very friendly learning environment for students to fully engage in the material and help each other to excel. Personally, I am still in contact with many of my classmates, and even formed academic collaborations with some of them. This is one of the best classes that I have ever taken, and I would highly recommend it to anyone; but more importantly, I would like to sincerely thank OCB for giving me the opportunity to attend this class.”
Melishia Santiago is a third year PhD student in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. Her work focuses on the study of Arctic marine environments and the combination of in situ measurements and satellite remote sensing. She investigates chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) distribution and sea ice extent in the Bering, Chukchi, and western Beaufort seas. More generally, Melishia is interested in the biogeochemical impacts in the water column as sea ice declines in the western Arctic Ocean.
“All the skills and knowledge that I learned in the Cornell Satellite Remote Sensing course were really invaluable. The instructor and TAs were passionate about the subject. Thus, I was able to understand ocean color remote sensing concepts and apply them to my own research. It was truly a life changing experience!”
Priya Sharma is currently a doctoral candidate at University of Pennsylvania studying “Spatiotemporal dynamics of phytoplankton biomass from ocean color remote sensing and ensemble climate model simulations.” Her research interests include assessing the evolution of phytoplankton group sizes and their functional types, ocean biological pump and response of ocean biology to various ENSO states. She completed her Master’s degree at the University of South Pacific and also worked for the Pacific Center of Environment and Sustainable Development doing oceanographic research on tropical cyclones and exploring links between climate change and social science (e.g., traditional knowledge).
“Having the amazing opportunity to attend the 2016 Cornell Satellite Remote Sensing Course has deepened my knowledge of remote sensing and optical properties. The most exciting experience for me was the processing of various levels of geophysical satellite products to obtain spatial information. This course struck an equitable balance of theoretical and hands-on practical lessons. Importantly, the data analysis tools and techniques that were taught were well aligned with my PhD thesis objectives, including empirical orthogonal function (EOF) analysis. I was also form collaborations with other participants of the course. Bruce is a very affable and approachable person, which made my experience during the Cornell course a very gratifying one.”
Inia M. Soto Ramos is currently a CONCORDE (Consortium in Coastal River-Dominated Ecosystems) postdoctoral researcher in the Division of Marine Science, University of Southern Mississippi at Stennis Space Center. She earned her BS in biology and education at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. She completed her MS and PhD degrees in biological oceanography at the University of South Florida. Her research interests include ocean color satellite remote sensing of coastal ecosystems, with emphasis on phytoplankton blooms and coastal ecosystems. Her current research is focused on coupling ocean color satellite imagery and high-resolution circulation models to understand the three-dimensionality of the Mississippi River Plume and the bio-optical surface response.
“The Cornell Satellite Remote Sensing Course was an outstanding experience! Dr. Bruce Monger is an exceptional professor and the course was applicable to any level of experience. Dr. Monger went the extra mile to make sure that everyone could adjust the learning experience to their own research. In my case, I have been working with satellite imagery for a few years; however I was not up to date on the technology and found myself with outdated skills. This course helped me get back on track and update my knowledge, especially my programming skills. Now, I feel much more confident with my skills and have since set up my personal computer system to integrate everything I learned during the course. I have been using the Python codes we learned during the class to process NASA’s satellite imagery for two harmful algal bloom manuscripts (in progress) and for several other projects within my group. I have no words to truly express my gratitude to Dr. Monger, the enthusiastic and motivated TAs, Cornell University, and OCB for making this opportunity a reality for me and the other 8 talented early career scientists!”
After pursuing a BSc in Earth System Sciences at McGill University and a MSc in Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria, Jan-Erik Tesdal began working toward a PhD in Earth and Environment Sciences at Columbia University. His broad undergraduate training emphasized a holistic view of the Earth System. Continuing in this spirit, his MSc research project focused on one of the iconic examples of how the biosphere can interact with the climate system: the CLAW hypothesis. For his PhD work, Jan-Erik narrowed his focus slightly to biological oceanography. He is especially intrigued by the interaction of the marine ecosystems with the physical environment. His current research centers on assessing the impact of melting Arctic Sea ice and freshwater flux on phytoplankton productivity and carbon export in the North Atlantic.
“The Cornell Satellite Remote Sensing course was a great experience for me. Learning the material and working through problem sets in a group setting was fun and exciting. The instructor and his TAs were very amiable and helpful, and the method-oriented teaching was ideal to help me learn the skills necessary for working with satellite data. It was especially useful to learn about the processing of satellite imagery through the conjunction of Python programming and SeaDAS. In addition to the great deal that I learned, I am very grateful for the opportunity afforded by this course to build new relationships from around the world. I can’t imagine how my current research would suffer had I not taken this course.”
Third IOCCG Summer Lecture Series 2016: Frontiers in Ocean Optics and Ocean Colour Science
July 18-30, 2016 in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
Mike Sayers is a 2nd year PhD student at Michigan Tech University and a research scientist at the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI), where his research has been focused on the use of bio-optical remote sensing methods to assess water quality changes in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Prior to his position at Michigan Tech, he received his BS and MS in remote sensing from Central Michigan University. His current interest is in the development and application of airborne and satellite hyperspectral inversion models for assessing primary production dynamics, harmful algal bloom occurrences, and benthic cover change.
“The 2016 IOCCG Summer Lecture Series in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France was a truly fantastic experience and incredibly valuable for my career in research. Some of the most distinguished researchers in the field delivered lectures that covered the entire range from fundamentals to state-of-the-art, leading-edge research, and went the extra distance to make sure we understood the concepts. I have already been able to apply some of the things I learned during the class to my research, which has given me fresh perspective moving forward. It was a pleasure to have been able to spend two weeks with my group of classmates; they are all wonderful people with diverse backgrounds and skills, and made the time very enlightening and enjoyable. I highly recommend this course to anyone studying ocean optics and ocean color remote sensing.”
Zhehai Shang earned his BS from the College of Chemistry at Beijing Normal University and is currently a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s School for the Environment, working with Dr. Zhongping Lee. Zhehai’s research is focused on simulating light distribution in water under different environmental conditions.
“The IOCCG summer lecture series provided a great opportunity to meet other scientists working in my field. Through my interactions with other participants, I learned a lot in my own area of research, as well as other related fields. The course included a series of lectures on fundamental theory and more specialized topics, as well as hands-on laboratory work. The lectures on basic theory were challenging, but when combined with lab experiences, the instructors were able to effectively convey important concepts. The topical lectures provided an opportunity to learn about interesting research findings and approaches, which will continue to inspire my research in the future. I am grateful to have had this opportunity and I thank all of the organizers, teachers, sponsors, and others who made this course possible.”
OCB-sponsored participants of IMBER ClimECO5 in August 2016.
Tayler Clarke completed her MSc at the University of Costa Rica in 2013. Her master’s thesis focused on the spatial distribution and reproduction of shark and ray bycatch in shrimp trawl fisheries. Currently, she is a second year PhD student in William Cheung’s lab at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia. Tayler continues to study shrimp trawl fisheries in her dissertation, this time focusing on climate change impacts. She hopes to work with Costa Rican universities and the national fishery management institute to integrate her PhD thesis into current fisheries management initiatives.
“I loved participating in the IMBER summer school because it gave me the opportunity to interact with so many motivated graduate students and early career researchers. The classes and workshops exposed us to interesting new tools and ideas. The best part was being able to collaborate on a research project with the instructors’ guidance. Lisa and the instructors created a very positive, exciting environment that stimulated learning and collaborations. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have participated in IMBER summer school 2016!”
Daniel Kaufman is a PhD student in marine science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary. He received his BS in physics from the University of Maryland, College Park. His current research examines phytoplankton dynamics and climate-induced impacts in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, using gliders and biogeochemical modeling. He also contributes to an investigation of effects of anthropogenic watershed use on the Chesapeake Bay using the Regional Ocean Modeling System.
“The atmosphere in the course was both really positive and energizing throughout. The highlight for me was meeting, exchanging ideas, and having fun with participants from such a wide variety of academic and personal backgrounds. The practical exercises and group project gave me a chance to gain valuable practice with new modeling approaches under the supervision of topic experts. Lectures during ClimEco5 introduced me to new ideas and expanded on ideas with which I had previously only passing familiarity, and this all made it a wonderful learning experience over a broad range of topics.”
Arnault Le Bris was a postdoctoral research associate at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) when he attended the ClimEco5 summer school. Since then, Arnault has started a new research scientist position at the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research at The Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. During his postdoctoral research at GMRI, Arnault worked on understanding and forecasting the impacts of climate change and fishing on New England lobster fisheries. In his research, Arnault has paid special attention to the mechanisms underlying the responses in lobster life history traits to climate change.
“The ClimEco5 summer school delivered a unique interdisciplinary approach to address the issues that oceans, and the human societies depending on oceans, are facing. I was impressed by the diversity and quality of the lectures, which married perfectly with the diversity of the participants. I especially appreciated that all lecturers stayed the entire course, which allowed for deeper interactions between participants and lecturers, and contributed to numerous fun movements that we shared…”
Kathy Mills is an associate research scientist at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine. She is a quantitative fisheries ecologist, and her work focuses on understanding how environmental variability and climate change affect fish populations, fisheries, and fishing communities. Her recent work focuses on climate vulnerability assessment and adaptation approaches in marine fisheries.
“IMBER’s ClimECO5 summer school was a great opportunity to gain an overview of tools and approaches that can be used to understand the ecological, social, and coupled social-ecological impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems. It was exciting to dig into these topics with lecturers who are international leaders in this field. It was also invigorating to meet so many students and early career scientists from across the world who are working on similar questions using a wide range of interesting approaches.”
Mark Morales received his BS in Environmental Systems: Ecology, Behavior and Evolution at University of California San Diego. During his BS, Mark was involved with various research groups at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography where he studied coastal biological oceanography, Antarctic ecology and fisheries science. As a recipient of the NSF GRFP, Mark is now a 2nd year PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California Santa Cruz. For his PhD, Mark is interested in teasing apart the relationships between interannual environmental variability and recruitment success of central California rockfish species. Mark is using state-of-the-art statistical and mathematical frameworks such as species distribution models, ocean circulation models, nutrient-phytoplankton-zooplankton models and individual-based movement and bioenergetics models to address his questions.
“The level of participant and instructor engagement during IMBER ClimEco5 exceeded my expectations. The amount of scientific and cultural diversity housed within the summer school was the most fascinating part to me. I have acquired many new collaborators, and more importantly friendships that will last throughout my career and beyond. The quality of instruction was terrific and I went home armed with many new tools under my belt that will surely allow me to tackle some of the most pressing questions in marine science. IMBER ClimEco5 is hands down the best event that I have attended as an early career scientist. Without the kind financial support from OCB, none of this would have been possible.”
Ellen Willis-Norton is a PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research seeks to understand how the California Current Ecosystem will respond to climate change. She is currently working with colleagues at NOAA to publish a climate vulnerability assessment for 65 commercially important west coast fisheries. The assessment will be used as a starting point for her research examining how west coast fish species’ habitat will shift with climate change and whether certain management tools can increase their resilience to a changing climate.
“The ClimEco5 summer school was truly an interdisciplinary experience led by renowned lecturers. The in-depth lectures allowed me to develop my species distribution modeling skills and experiment with new model approaches. Additionally, I learned about qualitative and agent-based modeling tools that I had never been exposed to before. The summer school also provided invaluable networking opportunities; I now am collaborating with PhD students and Post-Docs from around the world. I hope to maintain the relationships I made at the summer school throughout my career!”