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USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program


Overview: Currently forty-seven Research Opportunities (S7, S8, and 15-1 through 15-45) are being advertised (positions to be filled depending on the availability of funds).

Role of Research Advisors:. Research Advisors are appointed to direct project work. The Advisors are USGS scientists with whom the Mendenhall Fellows would work most closely. They will also be involved with reviewing application packages and interviewing candidates. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Research Advisor(s) for further information regarding the Research Opportunities and are strongly urged to coordinate the development of their research proposals with the Research Advisor(s). One of the first steps in the preparation of an application package is establishing contact with the Research Advisor(s).

Role of Human Resources Office Contacts: The Human Resources Office will receive application materials, review the backgrounds of the final candidates to make sure they are qualified for the opportunities, forward them to the Research Advisors and hiring official for consideration, and make the official job offers. The Human Resources Office is also available to provide information regarding the recruitment process and the status of applications.

Job Qualifications: Office of Personnel Management descriptions. of the backgrounds required to perform the types of research listed in these opportunities. Other titles may be applicable depending on the applicant's background, education, and research proposal. The final classification of the positions will be made by the Human Resources specialists in charge.

Last modified: Thursday, 28-May-2015 11:36:25 EDT
Mendenhall - Research Opportunity
RO # Research Opportunity Title Proposed Duty Station Research Advisor(s)
S7 Deep-Ocean Mineral Deposits Santa Cruz, CA J.R. Hein
S8 Institutional/policy analysis of opportunities and barriers associated with climate change adaptation processes Fort Collins, CO Nina Burkardt, Rudy Schuster

Mendenhall - Research Opportunities 2015
RO # Research Opportunity Title Proposed Duty Station Research Advisor(s)
15-1 Designing a capability to extract information from large remote sensing and ancillary data archives to answer science questions Sioux Falls, SD Alisa Gallant and Brian Sauer
15-2 The Influence of Weather Events and Climate Variability and Change on Land Use and Land Cover Dynamics Sioux Falls, SD Thomas Loveland and Jesslyn Brown
15-3 A Comprehensive Global Hyperspectral Imaging Spectral-Library of Agricultural Crops (GHISA): in support of global food and water security studies and in design of future Landsat and other Spaceborne Hyperspectral Imaging Sensors (HIS) Flagstaff, AZ Prasad Thenkabail, Alfredo Huete (U Technology Sydney), and Terrence Slonecker
15-4 Punching the reset button—assessing controls on geomorphic and ecologic evolution of a recovering volcanic landscape Vancouver, WA Jon Major, Kevin Schmidt, Mark Fonstad (U Oregon), Charles Crisafulli (US Forest Service), and John Bishop (Washington State U)
15-5 4-D imaging of the active magmatic system underlying Mammoth Mountain, CA Menlo Park, CA David Hill, David Shelly, Bernard Chouet, Stephanie Prejean, Margaret Mangan , Phil Dawson, and Bill Ellsworth
15-6 The high-rate revolution: studying tectonic deformation at previously inaccessible time and spatial scales Seattle, WA Joan Gomberg, Evelyn Roeloffs, David Schmidt (U Washington), and Jeff McGuire (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
15-7 Analysis of Injection-Induced Seismicity for Improved Hazard Mitigation Pasadena, CA Elizabeth Cochran and Rebecca Harrington (McGill U)
15-8 Characterizing earthquake ground motions in the San Francisco Bay Area Menlo Park, CA Brad Aagaard, Paul Spudich, Rufus Catchings, and Jon Fletcher
15-9 Aseismic slip, earthquake occurrence and hazard Menlo Park, CA; Vancouver, WA Nick Beeler, Jessica Murray, David Shelly, Diane Moore, David Lockner, and Evelyn Roeloffs
15-10 Multidisciplinary Investigation of Active Faults in the Napa Valley, Northern California Menlo Park, CA Carol Prentice, David Schwartz, Benjamin Brooks, Stephen DeLong, and Katherine Scharer
15-11 Mobile LiDAR and Server-Side Solutions for Hazards Research and Rapid Response Menlo Park, CA Benjamin Brooks, Ken Hudnut, Craig Glennie (U Houston), David Finnegan (US Army Cold Regions Res. and Eng. Lab), and Carol Prentice
15-12 Paleontologic constraints on the Neogene History of the southern San Andreas Fault System Flagstaff, AZ Kristin McDougall-Reid, P. Kyle House, Robert Powell, Jonathan Matti, Charles Powell, and Keith Howard
15-13 Improved 40Ar/39Ar geochronology of the Miocene Columbia River Basalt Group: Implications for the absolute timing of its emplacement, magmatic processes, and recorded geomagnetic field behavior Menlo Park, CA Jonathan Hagstrum, Michael Sawlan, and Andrew Calvert
15-14 Determining recurrence intervals of ancient deep-seated landslide complexes in association with recent mobile events Menlo Park, CA; Denver, CO; Seattle, WA Kevin Schmidt, Brian Collins, Andrew Cyr, Jeff Pigati, Rex Baum, Jeff Coe, and Ralph Haugerud
15-15 A new perspective on earthquake, landslide and tsunami hazards of the southern California Inner Continental Borderland: Coupling state-of-the-art geophysical and geochemical methods Santa Cruz, CA Danny Brothers, Katie Maier, Peter Swarzenski, and Tom Parsons
15-16 The Impact Sea-Level Rise, Storms, and Tsunamis on Low-lying US Atolls Santa Cruz, CA Curt Storlazzi, Bruce Jaffe, Guy Gelfenbaum, Edwin Elias (Deltares), and Ap van Dongeren (Deltares)
15-17 Linking Biomarkers to Coral Disease and Reef Health Santa Cruz, CA Nancy Prouty, Curt Storlazzi, Cheryl Woodley (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Jonathan Stock, Thierry Work, and Steve Blazewicz (DOE Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), Chris Kellogg
15-18 Sediment Dynamics along Coastal Settings in the Pacific Region Santa Cruz, CA Jonathan Warrick, Amy East, Guy Gelfenbaum, and Jessica Lacy
15-19 Rarity, risk, and uncertainty:  modeling multispecies vulnerability to climate change Corvallis, OR Jason Dunham
15-20 Integrating Earthquake Ground Failure into Real-time Hazard and Loss Assessment Golden, CO David Wald, Keith Knudsen, Jonathan Godt, Randall Jibson, and Eric Thompson (San Diego State U)
15-21 Coast-effect induction hazards of magnetic storms Golden, CO Jeffrey Love, Carol Finn, E. Joshua Rigler, Andrei Swidinsky (Colorado School of Mines), and Paul Bedrosian
15-22 Central and Eastern U.S. Seismic Hazards and Public Policy Reston, VA Thomas Pratt, Wright Horton, Susan Hough, Kathleen Gohn, and Peter Folger (Congressional Research Service)
15-23 Identifying potentially catastrophic landslides and predicting their time of failure using satellite InSAR, regional geomorphological data, and laboratory studies Golden, CO William Schulz, David Schmidt (U Washington), and Gonghui Wang (Kyoto U)
15-24 Improving Earthquake Location Procedures Using Calibration Events and Signal Processing:  Significantly Advancing our Understanding of Earthquake Sequences and Seismotectonics Golden, CO Harley Benz, Gavin Hayes, Paul Earle, and Steve Myers (DOE Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
15-25 The Integration of Geodetic Datasets into Rapid and Long Term Observations of Earthquake Properties Golden, CO Gavin Hayes, William Barnhart (U Iowa), Harley Benz, Richard Briggs, Fred Pollitz, Jessica Murray, and Kevin Furlong (Pennsylvania State U)
15-26 The fluvial-aeolian-hillslope continuum: measurement and modeling of topography and vegetation to inform landscape-scale connectivity for sediment in river valley ecosystems Flagstaff, AZ Joel Sankey, Paul Grams,  Amy East, Daniel Buscombe, and Temuulen Sankey (Northern Arizona U)
15-27 Climate Change, Glacial Degradation Rates and Neotectonics in the Rocky Mountains, Northern Rio Grande Rift and Adjacent Regions Denver, CO Cal Ruleman, Scott Minor, and Andrew Cyr
15-28 Understanding Cenozoic extension and landscape evolution in the southern Rocky Mountains using integrated landscape analysis and low-temperature thermochronology Denver, CO Joseph Colgan, Jonathan Caine, Scott Minor, Michael Cosca, and Andrew Cyr
15-29 From pore to profile to planet: Improving predictions of soil carbon dynamics through data-model synthesis Denver, CO Corey Lawrence, Sasha Reed, Mark Waldrop, Crystal Ng (U Minnesota), and Todd Hawbaker
15-30 Reconstructing River Flow and Climate Using Stable Isotopes in Riparian Trees Fort Collins, CO Jonathan Friedman, Craig Stricker, Greg Pederson, James Paces, David Meko (U Arizona), and Eleanor Griffin
15-31 1D/4D Petroleum system modeling of oil generation and retention in continuous accumulations Denver, CO Debra Higley
15-32 Linking kerogen characteristics to oil quality using spectroscopic methods Denver, CO Robert Dias and Justin Birdwell
15-33 Elucidating mechanisms behind isotopic rollover in highly mature shale gas basins Denver, CO Robert Dias and Justin Birdwell
15-34 Quantifying the potential future impacts of energy resource development Denver, CO Seth Haines, Darius Semmens, Jay Diffendorfer, Ken Bagstad, and Steve Garman
15-35 Understanding and predicting the transport of sand/oil agglomerates in the nearshore St. Petersburg, FL P. Soupy Dalyander, Nathaniel Plant, Chris Sherwood, and Joseph Long
15-36 Predicting Shoreline Change Associated with Sea-level Rise  St. Petersburg, FL Cheryl Hapke, Nathaniel Plant, Rob Thieler, Joseph Long, and Hilary Stockdon
15-37 Assessing Climate and Land Use Change Impacts on Freshwater Fish Diversity in the Southeast US Athens, GA Mary Freeman
15-38 Hydrologic sensitivity to urban land use and extreme events associated with climate change Reston, VA Dianna Hogan, James Falcone, Peter Claggett, and J.V. Loperfido
15-39 High-resolution paleoenvironmental proxies in coastal ecosystems:  Examining the feasibility and application of bivalve sclerochronology Reston, VA G. Lynn Wingard and Thomas Cronin
15-40 Predicting the processes of coastal change due to large storms events Woods Hole, MA John Warner and Jeff List
15-41 Geologic Evolution of the Bering Sea and its Margins Menlo Park, CA; Woods Hole, MA; Santa Cruz, CA Jason Chaytor, Ginger Barth, Deborah Hutchinson, Katherine Maier, and Daniel Scheirer
15-42 Scaling up coastal groundwater discharge: Quantifying discharge, drivers and impact at the national scale Woods Hole, MA Kevin Kroeger, Peter Swarzenski, Christopher Smith, and Richard Smith
15-43 Coastal Wetlands in the Context of Land Use and Climate Change: Controls on Carbon Sequestration (Blue Carbon) Woods Hole, MA Kevin Kroeger
15-44 Chemical dynamics of prairie pothole wetlands: integrating geochemistry with hydrologic simulation models to inform ecosystem studies Jamestown, ND David Mushet and Christopher Mills
15-45 Active Earth: Quantifying Climate Change Effects on Watersheds Menlo Park, CA Jonathan Stock, Kevin Schmidt, Kim Perkins, and Gordon Tribble


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