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Guy Gelfenbaum

Oceanographer Emeritus with the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California

Ecosystem Dynamics, Project Chief: Coastal Habitats in Puget Sound - The goal of these projects is to develop scientific information and tools to support natural resource managers in the adaptive management of critical nearshore ecosystems in Puget Sound

Large-Scale Coastal Change, Project Chief: Southwest Washington Coastal Erosion Study - Research involves understanding complex relationships among sediment supply, littoral processes, and shoreline erosion or accretion in a high-energy coastal environment.  Studies encompass multiple time and space scales of coastal evolution, and successfully differentiate natural and anthropogenic influences on coastal change.

Catastrophic Geologic Hazards, Co-Principal Investigator: Tsunami Hazards Study - Research effort to improve our understanding of tsunami hazards through identification and interpretation of sediments deposited from tsunamis

Professional Experience

  • 2022: Oceanographer Emeritus, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

  • 2017-2021: Center Director, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

Education and Certifications

  • 1988 Ph.D. Geological Oceanography - University of Washington, Seattle

  • 1982 M.S. Geological Oceanography - University of Washington, Seattle

  • 1978 B.S. Geology - University of Wisconsin, Madison

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