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Gelfenbaum Selected as New Director of USGS Pacific Marine Studies

January 19, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Guy Gelfenbaum as the new director of their Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California Gelfenbaum succeeds Dr. Robert Rosenbauer who held the position for the past six years. Rosenbauer is retiring to a Scientist Emeritus position.

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Outgoing director, Dr. Robert Rosenbauer (r) congratulating Dr. Guy Gelfenbaum (l) as the new Director of the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center. (Public domain.)

“Guy Gelfenbaum comes to the Center Director position from his longtime role as a Research Oceanographer, with a depth and breadth of experience in leadership and scientific research,” said USGS Pacific Regional Director, Mark Sogge.

Gelfenbaum has a B.S. in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington – Seattle. Gelfenbaum started with the USGS in 1988 as a National Research Council postdoctoral candidate with the Branch of Pacific Marine Geology and has been with the Survey in the Coastal and Marine Geology Program ever since.

Gelfenbaum’s research involved the mechanics of sediment transport, and he has applied his expertise toward projects in ecosystem dynamics, coastal and estuarine sediment transport, large-scale coastal change and catastrophic tsunami hazards.  Among his efforts, Guy led USGS’s Coastal Habitats in Puget Sound project, which involved a team of scientists conducting multidisciplinary science to support ecosystem recovery in Puget Sound. He served on the Bureau’s Ecosystems Strategic Science Planning Team and on a number of Pacific Northwest multiagency regional science advisory teams.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to help lead this team because I know we have a very talented and hard working staff. I’m confident that we will continue to carry out high quality and relevant science to support the data and information needs of our partners and the public,” said Gelfenbaum.

“We are fortunate to have Guy step into this key leadership role. His skills and vision will help assure the continued success of this dynamic science center,” said Sogge.


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Guy Gelfenbuam holding a juvenile alligator while doing field work near New Orleans.(Public domain.)
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Dr. Guy Gelfenbaum, geologist and director of the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center.(Credit: Helen Gibbons, U.S Geological Survey. Public domain.)

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