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Dr. Carolyn Ruppel

  U.S. Geological Survey,
Woods Hole Field Center

Quissett Campus, 384 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543-1598

Tel. (508) 457-2339
Fax. (508) 457-2310
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Curriculum Vitae


  Ph.D.     MIT, Solid Earth geophysics (continental) and geology, January 1992; Thesis Advisor: McNutt
MIT, geophysics, 1986 (simultaneous with B.S.);  Thesis Advisors:  Royden, Hodges
  B.S. MIT, earth sciences, 1986


  Present    Chief, USGS Gas Hydrates Project
  7/06-present    Research Geophysicist, U.S. Geological Survey
Visiting Scientist, MIT, Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Associate Professor of Geophysics (tenured), Georgia Tech
Program manager (faculty "rotater"), National Science Foundation, Ocean Sciences

Coordinator, Georgia Tech Focused Research Program (proto-center) on Methane Hydrates
Assistant Professor of Geophysics, Georgia Tech
Postdoctoral Investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Postdoctoral Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Graduate research and teaching assistant, MIT


  Lead proponent, IODP Pre-Proposal 797, Late Pleistocene to contemporary climate change on the Alaskan Beaufort Margin (ABM)
  Lead organizer, Catching climate change in progress, circum-Arctic Ocean drilling workshop, December 2011 (sponsored by US Science Support Program for IODP)
  Organizer and convener, USGS-DOE Climate-Hydrates workshop, Boston, MA, March 2011
  Originator and Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Natural Gas Hydrates, inaugural conference held June 2010.
  The Future of Natural Gas, MIT Energy Initiative, affiliated author (methane hydrates), 2008-2010
  National Research Council, Scientific Ocean Drilling (SOD) review, presentation on Gas Hydrates and SOD, 2010
  IODP Operations Task Force, 2008-2009
  IODP Science Planning Committee (SPC), 2006-2009
  Organizer, DOE-USGS Symposium/Meeting on Gas Hydrates and Climate Change (held at MIT), February 2008
  Organizing Committee, NSF-sponsored workshop--The Future of Marine Heat Flow: A Workshop to Define U.S. Scientific Goals and Experimental Needs for the 21st Century, Sept. 2007
  USGS representative to WHOI Postdoctoral Scholar Committee, 2007
  DOE Federal Advisory Board for Methane Hydrates, 2001-2003
  ODP U.S. Science Advisory Committee (USSAC), 2000-2003
  AGU Publications Committee, 2002-2003
  NSF Methane in Earth Systems History (MESH) program planning panel, 2002
  NSF Ocean Carbon Cycle Panel (program planning), 2001-2002
  ODP Hydrogeology Proposal Planning Group (PPG), liaison on gas hydrates, 2001-2002
  ODP Gas Hydrates Proposal Planning Group (PPG), liaison from SSEP, 1998-99
  Proposal evaluation panels for NOAA-NURP, DOE Carbon Sequestration, and other programs
  ODP Science Steering and Evaluation Panel (SSEP Earth's Interior), 1997-1999
  AGU Information Technology Committee, 1996-1998
  AGU Spring Meeting Organizing Committee, Tectonophysics Section Chair, 1999
  Co-organizer of AGU special sessions on gas hydrates: 1999, 2001, 2005 (Union)
  Co-organizer of AGU special sessions on coastal hydrogeophysics: 1999, 2001, 2005
  AGU Translations Board, 1994-1996

  Lead editor, special volume, Marine & Petroleum Geology, DOE-JIP Gulf of Mexico gas hydrates drilling, 2006-2007
  Hydrogeology Journal, editorial board, 2005-2007
  Geology, editorial board, 2000-2003
  Tectonics, Associate Editor, 1996-1999
  Fiziki Zemli, oversight responsibility for AGU publication in translation, 1994-1996


  National Science Foundation, Director's Award for Program Management, 2005

U.S.-Japan National Academy of Science-Frontiers of Science invited speaker on gas hydrates, 2000

Elected Fellow, Geological Society of America, 1999
  Distinguished Lecturer, Ocean Drilling Program, 1999-2000

Class of 1969 Teaching Fellow (Georgia Tech), 1994-95

WHOI Postdoctoral Scholar, Geology and Geophysics, 1992


  Earth Systems Modeling

Environmental Field Methods

Solid Earth Geophysics
  Structural Geology and Continuum Mechanics

Marine Geophysics

Introductory Geology (for Civil Engineers)

Introduction to Earth Systems Science

Plate Tectonics

Seminars: Methane Hydrates, Sedimentary Basins, Origin of Continents, Topics in Groundwater Hydrology

STUDENTS ADVISED (at Georgia Tech)

  Principal advisor, 2 geophysics PhD students (finished 2002, 2003)
  Principal advisor, 4 thesis MS and 4 non-thesis (1 environmental engineering) MS students (1996-2005)
  Co-advisor, 2 civil engineering PhD students (2005, 2007)
  Ph.D. committees for 6 other students (5 in Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  Co-sponsor, 2 civil engineering postdocs
  Advisor for ~20 undergraduate research projects from 1996-2006


Methane hydrates; marine hydrogeology of sedimented areas; marine geothermics (heat flow, downhole temperature); hydrodynamics of methane hydrate reservoirs and their response to natural/anthropogenic forcing; integrated geophysical, geochemical, and macro/microbiological field investigations of methane seeps and methane hydrate systems; rock physics and collaborative laboratory measurements of geophysical/geotechnical properties of methane hydrate-bearing sediments; methane hydrate geohazards; hydrogeophysics of the coastal zone, particularly DC resistivity and inductive EM; physical hydrology of salt marshes; nonlinear tidal pumping theory; inversion of electrical/EM data in highly conductive areas; coupling ecology-geophysics-geochemistry-hydrology studies to delineate surface water-groundwater interactions in the coastal zone

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