San Diego Bay Field Work Underway

As one of five major ports in California, San Diego Bay is an important hub for industry and commerce, as well as the  U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet.  The bay consists of nearly 11,000 acres of marine habitat for a diverse aquatic population that helps sustain various fauna that use the bay for breeding, rearing young, and migratory respite.  Among the many organisms that call the bay home are sea turtles and the California Least Tern.  As anthropogenic activities alter the landscape, environmental stresses put on these organisms have changed their migration and foraging patterns.

A collaborative project between SIO and SPAWAR SSC-Pacific is currently underway to improve upon the current understanding of the mechanisms driving San Diego Bay environmental conditions and circulation patterns to asses their role in ecological function of the bay.    By assessing its modern hydrographic state, quantifying flow fields, and contextualizing the physical data with existing biological data, we hope to gain a better understanding of the system as a whole, which will ultimately allow for better stewardship of the resources that the bay provides.

 A key focus of this project is shoal-channel interaction during the time period when the south bay becomes consistently saltier than the ocean (i.e. summertime in San Diego).  This is intended to be a topic in Angelica’s dissertation and her summer internship with SPAWAR through the NREIP.

Gordon Research Conference

June 7-12 Dr. Giddings and Angelica attended the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Coastal Ocean Modeling. GRCs are intended for a small number of participants to present and discuss new, unpublished research. The environment fosters interaction between senior and junior scientists, as well as graduate students. Sessions are geared toward highlighting the most cutting-edge scientific methods and results while facilitating healthy discussion and debate.

Dr. Giddings gave an invited talk on using numerical models to capture the dynamics of ocean-estuarine interactions. The photo here includes all attendees. Invited speakers who presented on model development and/or application are pictured in the front row, behind the conference Chair and Vice Chair. All other participants presented posters. Angelica’s poster displayed her most recent work on assessing the impact of wave forcing on small river plumes.

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Navy Women’s History Month Event

Thursday, 12 March, 2015, Angelica (second from right) introduced UCSD Chancellor Emerita Marye Anne Fox

Event organizers and invited speakers.  From left to right: Erika McBride, Marye Anne Fox, Ashley Gardner, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Cil Perlman, Angelica Gilroy, Paul Memije.

Event organizers and invited speakers. From left to right: Erika McBride, Marye Anne Fox, Ashley Gardner, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Cil Pleman, Angelica Gilroy, Paul Memije.

(second from left) at the Navy’s Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) Women’s History Month Event.  SWRMC is the largest and most diverse intermediate maintenance activity. The command provides superior ship maintenance, modernization, and technical support to over 100 surface ships, submarines, shore activities and other commands of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.  Among the event attendees was the commanding officer, engineer, astronaut, diver, and military officer, CAPT Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper (fourth from right).  Other audience members included Engineers, Shipbuilding Specialists, Engineering/ Electronic Technicians, Contract Specialists, Quality Assurance, and Management Analysts.

The event was comprised of slideshows, presentations, and interactive sessions intended to inform the audience of the contributions women have made to societal advancement across multiple disciplines.  SWRMC’s Multi-cultural Committee, headed by Paul Memije (far right), partnered with Cil Pleman (third from right) and Erika McBride (far left) from Commander Pacific Fleet’s Human Resource Office Southwest to bring two distinguished guest speakers to the event: Spokeswoman for the Women’s History Museum of California, Ashley Gardner (third from left), and Dr. Fox.  Each speaker gave both historical perspectives as well as anecdotes from their own intriguing personal experiences.  The event was very well received and all of the audience members admitted to learning something new.  CAPT Stefanyshyn-Piper closed the event by stating that women’s history is not just women’s history—it’s our history.

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