Dr. Emily Eidam, PI

I’m a sedimentologist with background in civil engineering (BS, UAA), geology (BS, UAA), and oceanography (MS and PhD, UW). I grew up in Eagle River, Alaska (near Anchorage) in a landscape sculpted by glaciers and interesting sedimentary processes. I enjoy working in “process sedimentology” because it combines elements of fluid dynamics, sedimentology, and oceanography and allows us to explore how sediments move through a system over human timescales, and how they ultimately contribute to the geologic record. This work synthesizes data from diverse tools (e.g., oceanographic sensors, isotope geochronology, remote sensing) and helps us better predict where sediment is going and under what conditions—with relevance to models of coastal evolution, nutrient and contaminant transport, and geologic resource formation. CV

I am presently accepting graduate applications through OSU CEOAS (OEAS-Marine Geology or Geology) and through OSU Civil and Construction Engineering. Students in my lab help lead field data collection, build and deploy sensors, analyze samples in a laboratory setting, code, and participate as active colleagues in a supportive mentoring environment.

Adrian Heath, MS student (OSU)

Adrian joined the lab in summer 2022 to study sediment transport processes in the Alaskan Beaufort Sea. He has a BS in Geology from Colgate where he studied hypersaline soils from the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica as part of an undergraduate research project. He has since worked as geologist for an environmental consulting firm in New York City, professional brewer, and ski and kayak instructor at Jackson Hole before moving to Corvallis.

Caroline Cooper, MS student (UNC)

Caroline joined the lab in early 2022 to study the morphodynamic evolution of the Colville Delta and adjacent continental shelf since sea-level rise slowed around 7000 years ago, using Delft3D. This work is being done in collaboration with Dr. Jaap Nienhuis at Utrecht University, and during the summer Caroline visited the Netherlands to learn more about world-class coastal morphodynamics first-hand and develop further modeling collaborations. Caroline has a BS in Marine Biology from College of Charleston, and has worked as a USGS science technician and NOAA contract surveyor.

Dr. Molly Keogh, postdoctoral scholar (starting fall 2023)

Molly will be working on a NSF OPP postdoctoral grant to assess the utility and historical records of Pb-210 profiles from polar environments, using archive cores collected from the 1970s to present. Presently she is a collaborator on the NOAA NERRS project about sediment deposition in the Coos Bay Estuary.


Caroline, Emily, and Adrian on the R/V Ukpik in the Beaufort Sea (Arctic Ocean, northern Alaska) — September 2022
Beach mooring deployments in Kaktovik (Photo by Lloyd Pikok, Jr.)
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