Chen-Yi, a 1st year PhD - MSC
Chen-Yi, a 1st year PhD student in MSC, was travelling in Iceland where she was exposed to this enormous waterfall, Skógafoss, which "skógur" refers to "forest". "The water will never stop," she said, "how tiny we are?"
David Rosoff, Alum, MS’90, EPA On Scene Coordinator/Geologist
“I am the EPA On Scene Coordinator/Geologist and my role was lead scientist in evaluating the human health and environmental impacts of the off gassing hydrogen sulfide from the degrading Sargassum seaweed in the Virgin Islands. … Here I am sampling H2S in water, sediment and air in a bay on the eastern end of St. Thomas. Offices and schools have been closed and residences evacuated because of the high levels of H2S in this bay associated with the heavy buildup of seaweed (note the respiratory protection). Kayak was the best way to perform the sampling in this shallow bay and this may be the only photo in existence of someone kayaking in Level C personnel protective equipment.”
Serkan Erdem, MEM - EE
We were in NextEra's Wind Farm in Montezuma, California with the class "California Clean Energy Field Trip" led by Dr. Tim Johnson. Moments before this picture was taken, we had a chance to interact with the supervisor of the facility who gave a detailed presentation regarding their operations. We then went inside a wind turbine and observed it up close. It was one of the best field experiences of my life and I thank Nic School & Dr Johnson for setting up this class. I'm focusing on Energy as a MEM student and being out on the field with professionals while expanding our network in San Francisco was a great way to spend Spring Break.
Chelsea Clifford, PhD - ESP
"How many meters is the nearest alligator to us?" asks Postdoctoral Associate Xiaoli Dong, in Big Cypress National Preserve. Xiaoli braves reptilian perils to study self-organization in karst wetland landscapes.
Suzanne Ou, Undergraduate, Biology, Env. Sci.
The Dry Tortugas serves as an important nesting ground for a large colony of Sooty Terns. Rebecca investigates the impact of hurricane on the changing landscape and plant communities of the fragile keys as Kara helps her with field work surveying nesting pairs. This analysis is vital to park managers charged with protecting the natural resources of our National Parks. Continued monitoring will be necessary to assess emerging threats to marine resources, such as climate change and increased anthropogenic pressures.