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Appendix F Biographical Sketches of Committee Members Robert A. Dalrymple, chair, is the Willard and Lillian Prediction. Dr. Breaker's research focuses on the analy- Hackerman Professor of Civil Engineering at Johns sis of long-term observations of sea-level rise along the Hopkins University. His research interests are in coastal California coast, modeling of both global and local sea- engineering, water wave mechanics, high-performance level rise, physical oceanography, and satellite remote computing, fluid mechanics, littoral processes, and tidal sensing. His recent papers have examined the 154-year inlets. Dr. Dalrymple has chaired several National record of monthly sea level at San Francisco and sea- Research Council (NRC) committees, including the level responses to large earthquakes in California and Committee on Review of the Louisiana Coastal Pro- Alaska. Dr. Breaker was awarded NOAA's Bronze tection and Restoration Program, and served on others Medal for major contributions to the Coastal Marine including the Committee on Responding to Sea Level: Demonstration Project, which tested the state of the Engineering Implications. He also has held leadership art in marine forecasting and evaluated the potential positions in professional societies including president of benefits of experimental higher resolution predic- the Association of Coastal Engineers, president of the tions. He received a B.S. in mechanical engineering American Society of Civil Engineer's (ASCE's) Coasts, from Bucknell University, an M.S. in applied marine Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute, and chair of the physics from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in Coastal Engineering Research Council. Dr. Dalrymple oceanography (minor in meteorology) from the Naval is a member of the National Academy of Engineering Postgraduate School. and a recipient of ASCE's International Coastal Engi- neering Award for his achievements and contributions Benjamin A. Brooks is an associate researcher (ten- to the advancement of coastal engineering through ured) and director of the Pacific GPS Facility in the research, teaching, and professional leadership. He re- Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology at ceived a B.A. in engineering sciences from Dartmouth the University of Hawai'i. His research interests are in College, an M.S. in ocean engineering from the Uni- tectonic geodesy and active tectonics with a recent focus versity of Hawai'i, and a Ph.D. in civil and coastal on relative sea-level change as a result of subsidence engineering from the University of Florida. in the Los Angeles Basin and the San Francisco Bay Delta. Dr. Brooks is a member of the advisory commit- Laurence C. Breaker is an adjunct professor at the tee for the Plate Boundary Observatory, which collects Moss Landing Marine Laboratories at San Jose State geodetic data on active deformation across the western University. Prior to joining the laboratory in 2001, he United States. He is a Fulbright Fellow. He received a spent 13 years as a senior research physical scientist at B.S. in earth science from the University of California, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administra- Santa Cruz, and a Ph.D. in geological sciences from tion's (NOAA's) National Centers for Environmental Cornell University. 197
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198 APPENDIX F Daniel R. Cayan is a research meteorologist at the Climate Variability and Predictability project, and she Scripps Institution of Oceanography and is also a is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Faculty researcher in the U.S. Geological Survey. His work Early CAREER Award. She received a B.S. in me- is d irected at understanding climate variability and teorology from the Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, changes over the Pacific Ocean and North America and an M.S. in meteorology from the Chinese Academy climate impacts on water, wildfire, health, and agricul- of Meteorological Sciences, and a Ph.D. in physical ture in California and western North America. Among oceanography from the Nova Southeastern University his recent publications are projections of sea-level ex- Oceanographic Center. tremes along the California coast. Dr. Cayan heads two climate research programs aimed at improving climate Benjamin P. Horton is an associate professor in the information and forecasts for decision makers in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at California region: the California Nevada Applications the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses Program and the California Climate Change Center. on mechanisms of sea-level changes, including climate He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He change, earthquakes, tsunamis, and the coastal sedi- received a B.S. in meteorology and oceanography from mentary budget. He also has examined the response the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in oceanog- of estuaries to sea-level rise. He aims to bridge the gap raphy from the University of California, San Diego. between instrumental and geological observations of sea-level change. Dr. Horton has worked on sea-level Gary B. Griggs is a distinguished professor of earth rise in several countries; his U.S. work has focused on and planetary sciences and the director of the Institute the contributions of eustacy and isostacy along the of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Atlantic coast and earthquakes and ground deforma- Santa Cruz. His research is focused on the coastal zone tion along the west coast. He is a contributing author and ranges from coastal evolution and development to to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shoreline processes--including the evaluation of long- (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, a member of the term shoreline changes and geomorphic evolution of steering committee of PALSEA (PALeo-constraints coastlines--to coastal hazards and coastal engineering. on SEA-level rise), and the project leader of the Dr. Griggs is the author or coauthor of several books, Inter national Geoscience Programme's Preparing for including Living with the Changing California Coast Coastal Change. He received a B.A. in geography from and Introduction to California's Beaches and Coast. He the University of Liverpool and a Ph.D. in geography served as chair of the University of California Marine from the University of Durham. Council from 1999 to 2009 and is a current member and past chair of the science advisory team to the Christina L. Hulbe is a professor and chair of the Governor's Ocean Protection Council. He is a fellow Department of Geology at Portland State University. of the California Academy of Sciences. He received Her research focuses on understanding and modeling a B.A. in geological sciences from the University of the dynamics of ice sheets, the interactions between California, Santa Barbara, and a Ph.D. in oceanography ice shelves and ice sheets, and on the role of ice sheets from Oregon State University. in climate change. New work now under way involves the uncertainty associated with poorly known bound- Weiqing Han is an associate professor in the Depart- ary conditions in mathematical models of ice sheets. ment of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the Dr. Hulbe is a representative of the NRC's Scientific University of Colorado. Her research interests are in Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and co- sea level, ocean circulation and dynamics, air-sea inter chairs the local organizing committee for the 2012 action, and climate variability and change. Among her SCAR Open Science Conference. She received a B.S. recent work is an analysis of patterns of sea-level change in geological engineering from Montana College of in the Indian Ocean and the influence of North A tlantic Mineral Science and Technology, an M.S. in geology circulation on glacial sea-level changes. Dr. Han serves from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in geophysics on a panel of the World Climate Research Programme from the University of Chicago.
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APPENDIX F 199 James C. McWilliams is Louis B. Slichter Professor Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. Dr. Pfeffer's of Earth Sciences in the Institute of Geophysics and research interests are in modern glacier physics, in- Planetary Physics and the Department of Atmospheric cluding ice mechanics and glacier dynamics, heat and and Oceanic Sciences at the University of California, mass transfer in snow and ice, atmosphere/glacier and Los Angeles. He also is a senior research scientist at ocean/glacier interactions, and the application of the the National Center for Atmospheric Research. His results to estimates of future sea-level change. He is research interests are in theory and computational a member of the executive committee of the Ameri- modeling of Earth's ocean and atmosphere. In addi can Geophysical Union's Cryospheric Sciences Focus tion to his work in fluid dynamics, he developed a Group. He received a B.A. in geology from the Uni- three-dimensional simulation model of the U.S. west versity of Vermont, an M.A. in geology from the coast that incorporates physical oceanographic, bio- University of Maine, and a Ph.D. in geophysics from geochemical, and sediment transport aspects of the the University of Washington. coastal circulation and is being used to interpret coastal phenomena, diagnose historical variability in relation Denise Reed is a professor in the Department of Earth to observational data, and assess future possibilities. and Environmental Sciences at the University of New Dr. McWilliams has served on many NRC climate Orleans. Her research interests include coastal marsh committees, including the Committee on Science of response to sea-level rise and how this is affected by Climate Change. He is a fellow of the American Geo- human activities. She has worked on coastal issues on physical Union and a member of the National Academy the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf coasts of the United of Sciences. He received a B.S. in applied mathematics States, as well as other parts of the world, and also from Caltech and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Harvard. is involved in ecosystem restoration planning both in Louisiana and in California. Dr. Reed has served on Philip W. Mote is a professor in the College of Earth, numerous boards and panels concerning coastal envi- Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State ronments and ecosystem restoration, including NRC University. He also is the director of the Oregon Cli- committees on water and environmental management mate Change Research Institute for the Oregon Uni- in the California Bay Delta and on mitigating shore versity System. Before joining Oregon State University, erosion, the Corps of Engineers Environmental Advi- he was a research scientist at the University of Wash- sory Board, the NOAA Science Advisory Board's Eco- ington and the state climatologist for Washington. systems Sciences and Management Working Group, Dr. Mote's research interests include climate variability the National Science Panel for South Bay Salt Ponds and change in the Pacific Northwest; regional climate Restoration, and the Strategic Science Review Panel modeling; mountain snowpack and its response to cli- for the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration mate variability and change; sea-level rise; impacts of Program. She received her B.A. and Ph.D. in geography climate change on water resources, forests, and shore- from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. lands; and adaptation to climate change. Among his publications in these areas is an analysis of sea-level rise C.K. Shum is a professor and Distinguished Uni- in the coastal waters of Washington state. Dr. Mote has versity Scholar in the Division of Geodetic Science, served on several committees associated with climate School of Earth Sciences, at the Ohio State University. change and sea-level rise, including the NRC Panel on His research focuses on the accurate measurement of Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change and the present-day sea-level rise and the improved under- IPCC. He received a B.A. in physics from Harvard standing of the geophysical causes of this rise. He University and a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from also works on satellite geodesy, temporal gravity field the University of Washington. and tide modeling, satellite oceanography, hydrology and geodynamics, ice mass balance, precision satel- William Tad Pfeffer is a professor of civil, environ- lite orbit determination, GPS meteorology, and space mental, and architectural engineering at the University physics. Dr. Shum was a lead author of the chapter on of Colorado. He also is a fellow of the university's observations of oceanic climate change and sea level in
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200 APPENDIX F the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. He is a fellow geodesy, and of several NASA awards for his work on of the International Association of Geodesy and the the TOPEX/POSEIDON and GRACE missions. He American Association for the Advancement of Science. received his B.S. and Ph.D. in aerospace engineering He is a recipient of the European Geosciences Union's from the University of Texas, Austin. Vening Meinesz Medal for distinguished research in