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Research “From the Frontiers of Science”

Marine Science Wave Expert

Associate Professor Erika McPhee-Shaw

MOSS LANDING, CALIF. – 5 June 2013 – The inaugural Gordon Research Seminar in Coastal Ocean Circulation has invited Associate Professor Erika McPhee-Shaw of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) to deliver the keynote talk this month at the University of New England.  The seminar is part of the Gordon Research Conferences, a group of prestigious international scientific conferences covering research from the frontiers of science.

The Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) were initiated in 1931 by Dr. Neil E. Gordon of Johns Hopkins University with the purpose of bringing together scientists to facilitate discussions and encourage the free exchange of ideas.  In 1996 an additional program, the Gordon Research Seminars, was developed to extend the gatherings to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.

Today the GRC has grown to over 250 conferences and seminars scheduled for 2013, with only three on topics related to ocean sciences.  Dr. McPhee-Shaw will be the first ever keynote speaker for the Coastal Ocean Circulation Gordon Research Seminar, and will present to a group of 75 Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars.

Dr. McPhee-Shaw’s research focuses on internal waves, continental shelf and slope dynamics, and sediment and nutrient transport.  In addition to the invitation to speak at the GRS, she was also was recently elected chair of the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS) executive council, and will serve in this position through February 2014.

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories is home to the master’s of marine science program for seven California State University campuses, including SJSU, which serves as administrator.