Fulbright Scholar Joins Marine Geohazards Project at Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

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Fulbright Scholar joins geohazards project at the USGS in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

This article is part of the July 2018 issue of the Sound Waves newsletter.

A young lady sits in a raft and smiles for the camera, and a large research vessel is in the water in background.

Aggie Georgiopoulou offshore the northwestern African margin on a test run of the German Research Vessel Poseidon Man-over-Board (moB) rescue boat.

The USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center in Woodshole, Massachusetts. recently welcomed Aggeliki (Aggie) Georgiopoulou, a Fulbright scholar from Ireland. Sponsored by the Geological Survey Ireland, Aggie is spending approximately four months in the U.S. She is conducting research on visualizing and quantitatively evaluating submarine landslide landscapes from remotely operated vehicle (ROV) imagery collected along the U.S. east coast and around Puerto Rico.

Aggie is a marine geologist and Lecturer in Sedimentology from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. Her research interests include marine Quaternary processes with specific focus on the timing, triggering mechanisms. and flow characteristics of submarine landslides, their tsunamigenic potential, and the interaction between bottom currents and gravity-driven sediment transport.

“It is such a privilege to be able to spend time and work with colleagues in the USGS in Woods Hole. With the amount of quality data available here, this is one of the few places to try a new technique to study submarine landslide scarps. In addition, I get to spend the summer on Cape Cod, have my first 4th of July in the U.S., and meet amazing people!”

Aggie earned a Bachelor of Science with honors from the University of Patras in Greece in 1999, a Master of Science in Oceanography from National Oceanography Center (NOC), Southampton in the U.K. in 2002, and a Ph.D. in Marine Geology from NOC in 2006. After post-doctoral positions at NOC and Cardiff University, Aggie moved to UCD in Ireland for Research Fellow and Lecturer positions starting in 2009.