Meet The Sediment Transport Group
Jonathan Borden, electronics technician, 1997 to
present, brings over 15 years of marine technical experience
to the facility. He leads cruises and prepares and maintains
instrumentation. He is our coordinator for the Massachusetts
Bay cruises. He specializes in our Edgetech acoustic releases,
Vector Measuring Current Meters, camera systems and Sea
Bird data loggers such as CTD's, Seacats and Microcats.
He builds our tripod frames and keeps our deck equipment
ready to go. When time permits, he works on special projects
such as developing a new camera system with Dann Blackwood
and configuring new release float housing and mechanisms.
Fran Hotchkiss, oceanographer, 1990 to present,
is our Data Steward. With a PhD in oceanography, research
and teaching experience, Fran ensures that all our data
is of the highest quality. Fran processes and archives most
of the data from our projects. Somehow, she also finds the
time to continue to upgrade our processing and editing tools.
Marinna Martini, ocean engineer, 1990 to present,
is our lead engineer and coordinator. She leads cruises
and prepares and maintains instrumentation. She looks for
ways to improve our capabilities by seeking out the latest
technologies or developing instrumentation in house. She
keeps the MIDAS, BASS and MAVS instruments humming and loves
to try out new gear. She develops software code to translate
and process instrument data for new instruments, such as
ADV's and PCADP's.
Part Time Frequent Contributors
Bob Barton, carpenter, power washer extraordinaire
Dann Blackwood, photographer, diver and deckhand
Ray Davis, mechanical engineer, designer and builder of
Rick Rendigs, sedimentologist, sediment trap specialist,
diver and deckhand
From the Menlo Park
Joanne Ferreira, project manager
Dave Gonzales, electronics technician
Kevin O'Toole, field specialist
Hal Williams, mechanical technician
Jingping Xu, sedimentologist, MATLAB guru
Stephen Ruane, oceanographic technician, 2003 to
2005, learned with lighting speed to be our resident ADCP
guru during his tenure, taking over for Andree in preparation,
data processing, and maintaining and upgrading the ADCP
toolbox for MATLAB. Stephen assisted with cruise logistics,
managing detailed mooring logs and instrument records, maintenance
of the group's buoys, floatation and bottom tripods, and
assisted with the calibration, maintenance, and preparation
of sensors and data loggers for at sea oceanographic experiments.
He also served as an able deck hand while on cruises.
Polly Hastings, 2000 to 2004, data expert, processed
many time series and kept our metadata in order.
Chuck Denham, 1995 to 2003, geologist, MATLAB guru,
wrote the underlying code for the first ever version of
the netCDF toolbox for MATLAB, conceptualized many methods
that we still use today. Wrote the original visual GUIs
and some computational methods for the ADCP toolbox.
Andrée Ramsey, 2000 to 2004, sedimentologist,
was our resident ADCP expert. She was responsible for all
aspects of our pool of over 10 ADCPs from pre cruise preparation
to data processing and archival. She took over for Jessica
Côté in maintaining and upgrading the ADCP
toolbox for MATLAB. Andree is now working at home raising
two wonderful children.
Jessica Côté, 1/98 to 6/99 coastal
engineer, came to intern with us fresh from a Masters program
at the University of Oregon where she left mapping the surf
zone on jet skis to help us sort out exactly how to handle
our Acoustic Doppler Current Data. Jessica helped with all
aspects of our fieldwork, but her major contribution was
to take the rudimentary work Marinna started in ADCP processing
in MATLAB and with Fran and Chuck's guidance, develop a
well thought out, documented MATLAB toolbox for ADCP data.
She is now doing research with Applied Coastal Research
Gretchen Begley, 6/98 to 6/99, high school student,
maintained our files and electronic databases. She has moved
on to college in California to study cultural anthropology.
Kipling Morris, 6/96 to 6/98, high school student,
maintained our files and electronic databases until attending
college in Colorado.
William Strahle, 1975-1999, electronics engineer.
Bill was the group's lead engineer until his retirement.
He laid the groundwork for the group as it is today, and
it is on this structure that we continue to build our success.