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Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), College of William & Mary, Gloucester Point, VA
Fellowships and Grants:
August 2009-2011 Graduate Fellowship, VIMS /The College of William & Mary
May, Sept. 2010 Student Research Grant, Reves Center for International Studies, The College of William & Mary (for field work and collaboration with New Zealand scientists)
August 2009, 2010 Kathleen & Robert Roper Fellowship, VIMS Foundation
December 2008 REU to Ocean Sciences award, National Science Foundation. 3rd place in REU student presentation contest at 2008 American Geophysical Union conference.
June-August 2008 Research Experience for Undergraduates Internship, National Science Foundation
June-August 2007 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, California Institute for Technology/ Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA
Research Activities & Relevant Work History
Formation and Reworking of Flood Deposits on the Waipaoa River Shelf, New Zealand: Variability in Sediment Transport and Deposition.
Department of Physical Sciences, VIMS, College of William & Mary, Gloucester Point, VA
Graduate Student, August 2009 - present
Advisor: Dr. Courtney K. Harris
Committee: Dr. Carl Friedrichs, Dr. Steve Kuehl, Dr. Linda Schaffner, Dr. Mark Hadfield (National Institute for Water and Atmosphere, New Zealand)
Developing and implementing a hydrodynamic-wave-seabed numerical model (ROMS-SWAN-CSTMS) for the Waipaoa River continental shelf
Evaluating the role of seabed consolidation and gravity-driven transport on sediment transport and deposition with an emphasis on the formation and reworking of flood deposits
Comparing model estimates to water column and seabed observations
Shoreline Studies Program, Department of Physical Sciences, VIMS
Student Assistant, 2010 – present
Advisor: Donna Milligan
Angular Momentum Budget of Equatorial Atmospheric Circulation
Developing and implementing MATLAB code to efficiently analyze 50+ years of wind data and grain size data from sieves and a Rapid Sediment Analyzer (RSA) for 150 + samples
Department of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Undergraduate Honors Thesis, March 2008-June 2009
Advisor: Dr. Noboru Nakamura
Effect of Seasonal Variation on Sediment Transport and Deposition on a Collision Margin: the Umpqua River, OR
Quantified the angular momentum budget for global atmospheric circulation using observations and a simple model.
Analyzed circulation patterns for temporal (seasonal to decadal) trends.
Department of Physical Sciences, VIMS, College of William and Mary, Gloucester Point, VA
Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Intern, June – August 2008
Advisors: Dr. Tara Kniskern, Dr. Courtney Harris
Surface Roughness and Slope Analysis for Prospective Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Landing Sites
Investigated sediment transport and deposition at the Umpqua River, OR continental margin using the 3-D hydrodynamic numerical model ECOMSED
Evaluated seasonal variations in sediment transport and deposition in collaboration with scientists studying the transport of particulate organic carbon
Planetary Sciences and Life Detection Section, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, June – August 2007
Advisors: Dr. Matthew Golombek, Dr. Joseph Michalski
Evaluated prospective landing sites for MSL based on landing risk
Calculated the landing site surface slope from satellite observations
Adapted data analysis and mapping programs for current landing site selection criteria
Rocks and Ores Collection, Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Volunteer, June – August 2006, December 2006
Published Conference Abstracts
Assessed and evaluated field notes and associated scientific papers
Consolidated and categorized relevant information about specimens into single files
Standardized the collection’s labeling system; stored specimens
C.K. Harris. Reworking of Flood Deposits on the Waipaoa River Continental Shelf, New Zealand.
Ocean Sciences, Salt Lake City, Utah. 20-24 February 2012.
C.K. Harris. Model Nesting: Open Boundary Conditions for a Hydrodynamic-Wave-Sediment Transport Coastal Ocean Model. MODSIM (Modeling and Simulation) World Conference & Expo, Virginia Beach, Virginia. 11 – 14 October 2011.
C.K. Harris. Wave- and Current- Induced Bed Stress on the Waipaoa Shelf
, New Zealand: Variations in Time and Space.
AGU Chapman Conference on Source to Sink Systems Around the World and Through Time, Oxnard, California. 24-27 January 2011.
T.A. Kniskern, C.K. Harris, and J. Warrick. Inter-annual Variation in Sediment Transport and Deposition During Winter and Spring Flood Events: Umpqua River, Oregon.
Ocean Sciences, Portland
, Oregon. 22-26 February 2010.
Hastings, R., M. Goni, R. Wheatcroft, T.A. Kniskern, J.M. Moriarty. Particulate Organic Carbon Distribution in Ocean Margin Sediments Adjacent to the Umpqua River, Oregon. Ocean Sciences, Portland, Oregon. 22-26 February 2010.
Kniskern, T.A., J. Warrick, K. Farnsworth, J.M. Moriarty
. Seasonal River-Ocean Coherence and Effects on Sediment Transport, Deposition, and Reworking Along the U.S. West Coast. CERF Biennial Conference, Portland, Oregon. 1 – 5 November 2009.
, T. Kniskern, and C.K. Harris. Effect of Seasonal Variation on Sediment Transport and Deposition on a Collision Margin: the Umpqua River. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California. 15-19 December 2008. Invited.
Department and Community Presentations (selected):
Momentum Budget of Equatorial Atmospheric Circulation.
Physics Department Honors Seminar. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. May 2009.
Effect of Seasonal Variation on Sediment Transport and Deposition on a Collision Margin: the Umpqua River, OR.
Society of Physics Students. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. November 2008.
Presentation of Student Research: Surface Roughness and Slope Analysis for Prospective Mars Science Laboratory Landing Sites
. Guest Speaker. Ryerson Astronomical Society, Chicago, IL. October 2007.
Surface Roughness and Slope Analysis for Prospective Mars Science Laboratory Landing Sites
. Summer Student Research Presentation. NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. Aug. 2007.
Teaching, Mentorship & Outreach
Marine Science Minor, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg
, VA. August – December 2011. Supervisors: Dr. Elizabeth Canuel and Dr. Heather MacDonald
Assisted undergraduates in Fundamentals of Marine Science (Geological Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, and Chemistry, Toxicology and Pathobiology)
Acted as liaison between professors, students at different campuses and was responsible for distance-learning (video-conferencing) setup.
Organized semi-annual social event for all faculty and students involved in the program
NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program, VIMS, Gloucester Point, VA. June – August 2011. Supervisors: Dr. Courtney Harris and Dr. Tara Kniskern
Mentored undergraduate intern in NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, teaching him to run a sediment transport model and analyze the results
Careers in Marine Science Program,
VIMS/ VA Sea Grant, Gloucester Point, VA. 2010 - 2011. Supervisors: Dr. Carol Hopper-Brill
Led and assisted with role-playing classroom activity in middle and high school classrooms.
Rita Welsh Adult Literacy Program,
The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 2009 - 2010. Supervisor: Ms. Barbara Monteith
Skills and Field Experience:
Computer Languages/ Software:
Tutored adult learner in math and other subjects for successful GED completion
Matlab, Fortran, IDL, GIS, C, Python
Microsoft Windows, Linux, Macintosh
ROMS (Regional Ocean Modeling System), SWAN (Simulating WAves Nearshore), CSTMS (Community Sediment Transport Modeling System); ECOMSED
Four research cruises on the Waipaoa River continental Shelf, Jan. 2010 – Feb. 2011 to collect seabed and water samples and deploy tripods. Conducted Gust erosion chamber experiments.
Service & Leadership
Sept. 2011 – present Student Representative, Search Committee for Marine Geology Faculty, VIMS, Gloucester Point, VA.
Sept. 2010 – present Student Representative, Awards Committee, VIMS, Gloucester Point, VA.
Sept. 2009 – present Student Representative, Education Policy Committee, VIMS, Gloucester Point, VA.
June 2008 – 2009 President, GeoUnion (Department of Geophysical Sciences undergraduate society), University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
June 2008 – 2009 Co-Captain, Cross-Country and Track and Field teams, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.