Scientists at the USGS offices in Santa Cruz, California participated in the Open House on Saturday, December 9, 2017, excited to share their science with the community.
Open House Welcomes Enthusiastic Visitors to Santa Cruz Office
In 2004, shortly after moving into new USGS offices in Santa Cruz, California, we hosted a large open house. Then we skipped a few years. Quite a few years.
On Saturday, December 9, 2017, we held our second open house at this location. Roughly 300 people interacted with 14 displays on topics ranging from seabird biology to mapping coastal landslides with drones. Scientists from the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (PCMSC), California Water Science Center (CAWSC), and Western Ecological Research Center (WERC) eagerly shared their science with the community, including many children.
“The public was excited to see what we do,” said PCMSC Director Guy Gelfenbaum, “and many were engaged in interesting and meaningful conversations about the science.”
Exhibits and presenters included:
- Marine Geohazards - Alicia Balster-Gee, Geophysicist, PCMSC
- Sediment Along Our Coasts - Amy East, Research Geologist, PCMSC
- Measuring River Flows - Anthony Guerriero, Supervisory Hydrologic Technician, CAWSC
- USGS Does Biology, Too! - Emma Kelsey, Wildlife Biologist, WERC
- Assessing Thermal Erosion in the Arctic - Ferdinand Oberle, Mendenhall Research Fellow, PCMSC
- Tools for Seafloor Video Collection - Gerry Hatcher, Ocean Engineer, PCMSC
- California Seafloor Mapping Program- Guy Cochrane, Research Geophysicist, PCMSC
- Mapping the Surf Zone with Personal Watercraft- Jackson Currie, Physical Scientist, PCMSC
- Drones Map a Big Sur Landslide - Joshua Logan, Physical Scientist, PCMSC
- Coastal Erosion in Alaska- Li Erikson, Research Oceanographer, PCMSC
- Seafloor Minerals - Marine Minerals Team, PCMSC
- Seafloor Videos and Photos - Nadine Golden, Geographer, PCMSC
- California Coastal Flood Projections - Patrick Barnard, Research Geologist, PCMSC
- Eyes on the Coast- Shawn Harrison, Oceanographer, PCMSC
Several other USGS scientists and staff pitched in to create, set up, operate, and clean up the displays.