June 19, 2006
CDELSI awards graduate fellowships in ocean
health and environmental change
By Ann Gibb
Five first-year graduate students have received fellowships
in ocean health and environmental change from UCSC's Center
for the Dynamics and Evolution of the Land-Sea Interface (CDELSI).
The graduate fellowships, established through the generosity
of an anonymous donor and worth more than $27,000 each, support
marine-related research that crosses the traditional boundaries
of science and engineering disciplines.
CDELSI is an interdisciplinary research center that brings
together faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers
investigating the dynamic systems and complex processes and
interactions that occur at the interface between continents
and oceans. The center focuses on the coupling of marine and
terrestrial systems and the climatic, geologic, biogeochemical,
and biological processes that influence these systems.
CDELSI Fellowships support graduate students interested in
this interdisciplinary approach with a focus on marine-related
research in the fields of ocean health and environmental change.
The 2006 CDELSI Fellows are as follows:
Kelsey Dyck (Earth sciences) will be working on a project
funded by the National Science Foundation to study stable isotopes
and trace elements in mussel shells. The project's goal is to
reconstruct coastal ocean temperature, upwelling, and El Niño
frequency in sites in central California and British Columbia
during the Holocene epoch (from the present to approximately
11,500 years ago).
Peter Rovegno (ocean sciences) is transferring from
UCSC's physics graduate program as a result of his research
on fluid dynamics influenced by the Earth's rotation and its
relevance and application to climate change and biological processes
in the oceans. Rovegno will be investigating ocean circulation
off the central California coast, particularly in the context
of regional effects of environmental change.
Matt Bromage (computer engineering) is finishing his
undergraduate degree in computer engineering at UCSC, where
he has been team leader of SEA-LABS (Sensor Exploration Apparatus
utilizing Low-power Aquatic Broadcasting System). As a graduate
student, Bromage will continue his work on the SEA-LABS project,
which aims to build a remote sensor network for studying coral
reef environments and transmitting data in real time (see previous
Nicholas Addleman (ecology and evolutionary biology)
will be studying evolutionary and population genetics of marine
invasive species, with a possible focus on a hybrid zone, centered
in the Monterey Bay region, between a native and an invading
Jenny Quay Lane (ocean sciences) earned a B.S. in marine
biology from UCSC in 2004 and did her senior thesis research
on oceanographic conditions associated with blooms of a toxic
diatom. She wants to continue studying harmful algal blooms
though the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's
Monitoring and Event Response for Harmful Algal Blooms (MERHAB)
project, which includes the goal of implementing an economically
sustainable monitoring program for harmful algal blooms along
the California coast.