Hello Sea Grant readers,
It’s been an exciting (and busy) term, both in Corvallis and on the road. I went to two weeklong conferences in April/May, which were interesting but very different experiences. The first was the Marine Energy Technology Symposium (METS) in Seattle, which was held in conjunction with the Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference (GMREC). The GMREC/METS conference focused heavily on the mechanical and industrial side of marine renewable energy. I learned a lot about the history of the marine renewable industry, recent progress in the industry, and well as the major setbacks and obstacles. The second conference was the Environmental Interactions with Marine Renewables (EIMR) conference, in Stornoway, Scotland. Scotland was beautiful, and we had unexpectedly great weather for the entire week (!), which was wonderful. The conference focused on the impacts of marine energy devices on the physical environment, on the wave climate, and on marine organisms and ecosystems. Although the main focus of the conference was marine biology/ecology, I met several other wave modelers looking at the far-field effects of WEC arrays and tidal turbines. I was really excited to have the opportunity to discuss goals, methods, and model issues with other researchers with a similar focus, and I came back with a lot of new ideas and new contacts.
Now that I’m back in Corvallis, I’m trying to get myself ready for a summer spent in front of my computer, writing my thesis and a journal article (or two). I plan to defend my thesis in mid-September. It’s almost hard to believe I have already been in Corvallis for 2 years! I love Corvallis and I am sad to leave, but I am really excited about the next step. I was recently awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to do a yearlong study on coastal evolution and coastal hazards in Dakar, Senegal, which I plan to start in October. With writing and defending my thesis, moving overseas, and starting the Fulbright, I expect the next 6 months to be a whirlwind!
Before any of that, though, we have another important event: the 2014 WORLD CUP. I am so excited!!
Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you out cheering on team USA!