June 2011

Field & Berry Groups

June 6: Steve Klosterman showed us his results measuring phrenology of the grasslands at Jasper Ridge using a digital camera. Because the camera and Lidar equipment are connected to the Internet, he could take pictures and analyze them remotely with his PC (Windows). There are still some bugs to be worked out, but the possibilities are intriguing. We wish him well as he begins his PhD program at Harvard Univ. this fall.
June 9: Chris sends congratulations to Lee Anderegg, recipient of the 2011 David M Kennedy Honors Thesis Prize in Natural Sciences. The Kennedy Prize is awarded to graduating students who have written outstanding honors theses in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. Students who receive the award have accomplished significantly advanced research in the field and have shown strong potential for publication in peer-reviewed scholarly works. There is one prize each for the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, and engineering -- 4 total for the university.  It is a major honor indeed. Congratulations as well to Joe and the rest of Lee's collaborators.

DGE In-House Seminars

June 6: Kenny Schneider talked to the title— Carbonate chemistry: from corals to fish. He described his ongoing research on Australia's Great Barrier Reef related to ocean acidification. It involved measuring both aerobic & anaerobic changes in tidal sea water as it washes over the reefs. Kenny also is working on zero discharge mariculture by constructing fish tanks with water circulating through equipment to detoxify the wastes.

June 30: Dahlia Wist writes "Most of you do not know that in addition to my position here at Carnegie, I also teach yoga. I have had several requests to teach a class here on site, so I decided to try out a four week summer session to see how it goes, and then maybe offer another one in the fall. I wanted to let everyone know what I am doing so it would not be exclusive to just a few people, but open to everyone that works at Carnegie, as well as anyone else who would like to participate.
"Many of you may be new to yoga. The class content will be geared for beginners, and relevant to an office environment. For example, I will teach everyone stretching and range of motion exercises that will provide relief from sitting. In addition, I will include some balance exercises, and use the chairs in the room as props to assist with many of the stretches.
"I am volunteering my time to do this so a donation is appreciated. However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
"Please email me or talk to me in person if you have any questions.
Some details are below."
Where: Main Seminar Room at the Department of Plant Biology.
Time: 3:30pm to 4:30pm.
Dates: Four consecutive Thursdays: June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21.

Jan Brown, Editor, Email: jbrown1@stanford.edu
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Welcome to New Faculty Member

On April 15, 2010: Anna M. Michalak, Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Dept. of Atmospheric,Oceanic & Space Sciences, University of Michigan spoke at a DGE Seminar. Her title was Towards a global carbon monitoring system: Assimilating in situ and remote sensing observations in a geostatistical framework. Anna & her colleagues have been measuring both CO2 concentrations and fluxes in the atmosphere across the United States and developing models that may predict future carbon balances. This month she is joining our Department as the first woman faculty member. Anna was here for a few days in early June to attend the CAO Reception, meet some of us, and canvas the housing market. We look forward to her return later in the month with husband and baby son.

CAO Launch Party

June 2:  The Asner Group and the Department of Global Ecology hosted a launch program and ceremony for the next-generation Carnegie Airborne Observatory at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos.  In attendance were over 100 people from the community, from Carnegie, and from a variety of organizations that provide support for the group’s studies of tropical forests.  The new system provides three fully integrated subsystems for three-dimensional analysis of ecosystem composition, chemistry, and physiology:  A very high-fidelity imaging system providing contiguous spectral signatures of targets in the visible and shortwave-infrared range, a high-resolution waveform Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) system providing contiguous ground coverage and full three-dimensional imaging, and a high-fidelity imaging system providing contiguous spectral signatures of targets in the visible and near-infrared range. For Kelly McManus's original photos see: https://picasaweb.google.com/kmcman2/CAOLaunchPartyJune2?authkey=Gv1sRgCK6gmOun7eWARw&feat=directlink







June 12 marks the first BLOG from Greg Asner. The CAO-2 is laying over in Mexico and will be in Peru on Monday morning.  We’re working our way to our first scientific campaign, and the biggest one in our history.  It’s like taking the past 4 years of CAO research and packing it into one campaign, but this time with the most advanced instrumentation ever built for Earth observing.I’m going to take a crack at an official blog for the project in hopes of keeping the team in touch over the summer. http://cao-amazonico.blogspot.com/#