The following changes have taken place within the programs:
Biological Oceanography/OTIC: Sean Powers, a Sea Grant Fellow, joined us in February for a year. Sean is working with Phil Taylor and Larry Clark on various projects including GLOBEC, ECOHAB, LExEn, CoOp Great Lakes Studies, as well as the core proposals for both programs. Sean will finish up his Ph.D. this summer at Texas A&M University where he is researching larval recruitment in benthic communities. Our newest IPA, Kendra Daly, arrived in late March initiating a two-year stint as a Visiting Scientist and Assistant Program Director in the Biological Oceanography Program. Dr. Daly is from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests include zooplankton ecology, particularly in polar regions, the influence of physical-biological interactions on marine production, and the role of phytoplankton-zooplankton interactions in biogeochemical cycles. Marsh Youngbluth is leaving us in July to return to Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution after serving two years as a Visiting Scientist and Associate Program Director. He will resume his own research in ecological and behavioral studies of midwater zooplankton, especially predatory-prey relationships, particle consumption-production rates, and mate-seeking repertoires.
Marine Geology and Geophysics: Bilal Haq returned, refreshed and invigorated, after 10 months on sabbatical at Oxford University. He will continue to serve as the NSF lead for the MARGINS initiative.
Physical Oceanography: Al Plueddemann, Visiting Scientist and Associate Program Director, returned to the Department of Physical Oceanography at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to continue his research in upper-ocean physical processes, internal waves in the Arctic region, and oceanographic instrumentation. Hsien-Wang (Dick) Ou, a senior research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, is presently visiting as an Associate Program Director in the Physical Oceanography Program. His research interests are in climate theory and dynamical oceanography. Dick Lambert will be away from NSF for eight months, starting June, 1997, returning in February, 1998. He will be visiting both oceanographic institutions and agency labs, researching the general problem of managing large oceanographic programs. He expects to document the history of TOGA and WOCE management in particular, and write up the history from the point of view of an NSF program director coordinating with other agencies and other countries. The documentary will be published and available sometime in 1998. During Dick's absence, Eric Itsweire will be acting for the program.
For further information on OCE staff members, including phone numbers and email addresses, as well as vacancy announcements please check the OCE home page at (http://www.geo.nsf.gov/oce/ocegenl.htm).