Newsletter of the coastal and marine geography specialty group of the association of American geographers
Vol. 11, No. 2 July, 1999
Table of Contents
Specialty Group Officers
Richard Daniels, Chair
Shorelands/Dept of Ecology
P.O. Box 47690
Olympia, WA 98504
Klaus J Meyer-Arendt, Vice Chair
Dept. of Environmental Studies
University of West Florida
11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32514
Harry Jol, Secretary-Treasurer
Department of Geography
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
105 Garfield Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Dawn Wright, Member of the Board of Directors
Department of Geosciences
104 Wilkinson Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-5506
Wayne Engstrom, Member of the Board of Directors
California State University
Fullerton, CA 92634-9480
Diane Horn, Board of Directors
Department of Geography
7-15 Gresse St
London W1P 2LL
Don't forget to renew your membership in the Coastal and Marine Geography Specialty Group when you renew your membership with the AAG. Please note, if you have a yellow mark on your address label it means your membership has not been renewed.
Editorís Comments & Election Results
Harry Jol, Secretary-Treasurer, Editor
R.J. Russell Award Presented in Honolulu, Hawaii
The R. J. Russell Award is presented in recognition of an individualís contributions to the field of coastal or marine geography. These contributions may be in research, teaching, public service, and/or to the specialty group. Two nominations were received for the R. J. Russell Award this year and were reviewed by the Vice Chair and the Board of Directors. In the resulting flurry of e-mails and phone conversations it was determined that a single award would be presented during the 1999 annual meeting of the AAG. The citation for the award is as follows:
"The R. J. Russell award is presented to Dr. Bernard O.Bauer, University of Southern California, for his demonstrated leadership in the Coastal & Marine Specialty Group and in the discipline. Dr. Bauer is an individual of the utmost integrity and his research is of the highest caliber. His published works have improved our understanding of the worlds coastal systems. R. J. Russell would be pleased to know that Dr. Bauer has received his namesake award."
Besides being active in the specialty group, Dr. Bauer has received financial support for his research from the National Science Foundation and the California Department of Boating and Waterways, and he has over thirty publications in the form of peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings. He has received several awards and honors including a Presidential Young Investigator Award (1991-1996) from the National Science Foundation, the J. Warren Nystrom Award (1989) from the AAG, and the HydroLab Award (1986) from the International Association for Great Lakes Research. He is a past Chair (1993-95) of the AAG Coastal and Marine Specialty Group and is currently Associate Editor (1996-99) of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, and Program Director (1977-1999) of the Geography and Regional Science Program at the National Science Foundation.
Student Paper Merit Award for 1999
The Coastal and Marine Specialty Group student paper competition was held at the AAG 1999 annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. Five students applied for the 1999 Student Paper Merit Award and their presentations covered both social and physical aspects of coastal and marine studies. The papers given during the meeting covered a variety of topics, from sediment sampling in coastal wetlands and the use of GIS for inundation modeling to the impact of tourism and recreational development on coastal ecosystems.
The Student Paper Merit Award consists of a $50.00 check used to defray AAG and Coastal and Marine Specialty Group membership dues as well as an award certificate. Now, without further fanfare, the winner of this yearís student paper/presentation award for best presentation on human interactions with the coastal or marine environment is
Jeffery R. Baldwin, Department of Geography, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, Tourism, development, and environmental alteration in Antigua, West Indies: Wetlands reclamation and changing views of coastal ecologies.
The special interest group would like to thank all the students for their efforts as well as the following reviewers for assisting in the judging process: Harry Jol, Wayne Engstrom, and Richard Daniels.
Students Provided Grants for AAG'99 in Honolulu, HI
During the 1998 annual business meeting of the specialty group, held in Boston, Massachusetts, the Board of Directors were authorized to provide up to eight $100 student travel grants for the 1999 Annual Meeting of the AAG. These grants were to be used to defraying the additional travel costs associated with attending the AAG annual meeting in Hawaii. This grant opportunity was advertised in the February 1999 issue of the COMA newsletter and was automatically extended to cover students who were applying for the Student Paper Merit Award contest.
This is the first time that the specialty group has provided funding to students to defray the cost of attending an annual meeting of the AAG. The following students were presented a check for $100 at the annual meeting: Jeff Baldwin (University of Oregon), Becky Mansfield (University of Oregon), Michael Craghan (Rutgers University), and John Dobosiewicz (Rutgers University).
Call For COMA-Sponsored Sessions in Pittsburgh
If you are planning to present a paper at the 2000 AAG Annual Conference on coastal or marine geographer (human, physical, hazards, or techniques) please consider participating in a session sponsored or co-sponsored by the Coastal and Marine Geography Specialty Group. Special session materials (abstracts, fees, etc.) must be received by the session organizers and submitted to the AAG Office by 3 September 1999. The following is a list of the currently planned sessions, please contact the session organizers for further information or the specialty group officers if you are interested in co-sponsoring a session.
Coastal Geomorphology I, II, etc.
Sponsor: COMA Specialty Group
Session Organizer: Paul Gares, Department of Geography, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858
Tentative title: Coastal & Marine Student Paper Sessions
Sponsor: COMA Specialty Group
Session Organizer: Richard Daniels (address on page 1)
Tentative title: COMA Slide Compilation Project 2000 (CD-ROM)
Topic: short presentations by several of the authors of the slide sets contained on the COMA CD-ROM. Followed by a demonstration of the product. (discussion session format)
Sponsor: COMA Specialty Group
Session Organizer: Richard C. Daniels
Tentative title: e.g., Coastal Hazards or Population pressures on the Coastal Zone
Co-Sponsor: ????? & COMA
Session Organizer:Your name here!
Call for Student Papers
Eligibility:Full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate students may compete for this award if they (1) are the first or sole author of an oral paper concerning coastal or marine geography which they will be presenting at the 2000 annual AAG meeting, (2) are a member of the AAG and of the Coastal and Marine Specialty Group, and (3) have submitted to the session organizer the completed application form and accompanying materials, to be received by August 26, 1999. Poster presentations are not eligible. Papers are judged both on content and on the quality of the presentation. The award consists of a $100.00 grant to be used to defray AAG and Coastal and Marine Specialty Group membership dues and travel expenses to the annual meeting as well as an award certificate.
Instructions: Follow the program participation guidelines outlined in the July 1999 Newsletter of the AAG as an individual participating in an organized paper session. By following those instructions you will have a diskette containing your abstract, one paper copy of the abstract, your participation fee, and a completed AAG program participation form. In addition, complete this application form (below) and attach a second paper copy of your abstract to it. Gather all of these materials into one package and mail it to:
Richard C. Daniels
Shorelands & Environmental Assistance Program
Department of Ecology
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, Washington 98504-7600
Rich must receive your materials by August 26, 1999.
Email address ______________________________________________
Are you a Ph.D., M.A./M.S., or undergraduate student? ______
In what year of your program? ______________________________
Thesis/project advisor _____________________________________
Are you a member of the AAG? ______
Are you a member of the Coastal and Marine Specialty Group? ______
Is your paper primarily focused on human/social or physical geography? ____________
Attach a hard copy of your abstract.
Call for Award Nominations: The R. J. Russell Award
Nominations for the R.J. Russell Award should be directed to the Vice-Chair. Nominations for the current year should be made at least 2 weeks prior to the annual AAG meeting.
This specialty group award is presented in recognition of an individual's major contributions to the field of coastal or marine geography. These contributions may be in research, teaching, public service, and/or to the specialty group. Previous awardees include Jess Walker (1991), Fillmore Earney (1992), Norb Psuty (1993), Karl Nordstrom (1996), Doug Sherman (1997), and Bernard Bauer (1999).
Nominations are accepted from Coma members, but nominees do not have to be members of either the specialty group or the AAG. Two nominations are required for consideration for the Award. At least one of the nominations must include a complete letter of nomination which will include one paragraph describing the nominees contributions to the field of coastal or marine geography and/or to the special interest group and a list of the nominees relevant publications. The R. J. Russell Award is named in honor of Richard Joel Russell (1895-1971). He was Dean of the Graduate School at Louisiana State University for 12 years, an organizer of the Coastal Studies Institute (1954), president of both the Association of American Geographers (1948) and Geological Society of America (1957), and named to the National Academy of Sciences (1959).
In the nomination letter please include one paragraph describing the nominees contributions to the field of coastal or marine geography and/or to the special interest group and a list of the nominees relevant publications. For an example of a suitable nomination letter, please visit the groups home page at http://www.homestead.com/aag_coma.
Minutes of the 1999 Business Meeting
MINUTES OF THE 1999 SPECIALTY GROUP BUSINESS MEETING--by Harry Jol
Paul Gares opened the meeting at 6:21 p.m., March 25, 1999, Hawaiian Hilton Village with 23 members present.
Secretary. The minutes of the last business meeting (Boston 1998), which appeared in July 1998 in v. 10(2) of Coastal Letters, were approved.
Treasurer. Secretary-Treasurer Harry Jol reported on financial transactions since the last business meeting in March of 1998. We began 1998 with $1383.10, spent $330.04, and received $427.91 in income. The current balance is $1,480.97. The specialty group agreed to help defray the costs of students coming to Hawaii to present (four travel grants were awarded) - see article page 3.
Newsletter: Harry Jol reported on the last newsletters. There was some discussion of how to send out future editions of the newsletter. We could stop mailing hard copies altogether and send newsletters only on email, and/or post it on the web (already done now). On the other hand, not many members have volunteered to receive it via email in the last three years, and email addresses for many of our members are not available from the AAG. It was decided to revisit this issue again in the future.
Logo: Rich Daniels reported on the Logo results - Logo B (the one on the front of the newsletter) received the most votes. Several slight revisions to the logo were suggested and will be taken into consideration.
CD-ROM Project: Rich Daniels reported on the CD-ROM project originally started by Joann Mossa. He showed a draft version of the COMA CD-ROM. The product was impressive and will be completed after a few more slide sets are sent in. Please see article on page 7 of the newsletter. Further discussion revolved around the cost of the CD-ROM (around $10) and that money raised would be used for the specialty group, particularly for student support. There was also a suggestion that a special session be held at the 2000 AAG in Pittsburgh on the CD-ROM project.
Chair. Paul Gares reported on the main points covered in the specialty group chairs' luncheon. Two major points were discussed:
Geography in America: Since the last business meeting, Dawn Wright, Phil Steinberg, and Norb Psuty have written the chapter representing the COMA section in the Geography in America--the 21st Century publication. They have entitled the chapter "Coastal and Marine Geography: More Than Just Flotsam & Jetsam" and presented the chapter to a special session during the meeting.
Four Travel Awards of $100 were made to the following students: Jeff Baldwin (University of Oregon), Becky Mansfield (University of Oregon), Michael Craghan (Rutgers University), and John Dobosiewicz (Rutgers University). Further details can be found on page 3.
Student Paper Merit Award went to Jeffery R. Baldwin, Department of Geography, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, for his paper entitled: Tourism, development, and environmental alteration in Antigua, West Indies: Wetlands reclamation and changing views of coastal ecologies. ). Further details can be found on page 2.
It was proposed that the award for the Student Paper Merit Award contest be increased from the current $50.00 to $100.00. The increase will go into effect at the 96th Annual Meeting of the AAG. Motion Passed.
R.J. Russel Award was presented to Dr. Bernard O. Bauer, University of Southern California. Full citation and further details can be found on page 2.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS:
Klaus J. Meyer-Arendt was elected to a two-year term as Vice-Chair.
Diane Horn was elected to a two-year term on the board of directors to fill the vacancy created by the completion of Don Ziegler's term.
Paul Gares turned over the Chairmanship to Richard Daniels.
Norb Psuty thanked Paul Gares for all his work on behalf of the Specialty Group.
The meeting was adjourned by 8 p.m.
Student Paper Merit Award Increased
During the annual business meeting held in Honolulu it was proposed, voted on, and passed that the award for the Student Paper Merit Award contest be increased from the current $50.00 to $100.00. The increase will go into effect at the 96th Annual Meeting of the AAG.
This increase was proposed to make our merit contest competitive with other specialty groups, some of which have awards as high as $400.00, and to reward the student for the extra effort it takes to prepare a paper for inclusion in the competition. This increase may be used to defray AAG and Coastal and Marine Specialty Group membership fees and travel expenses to the AAG annual meeting. The revised by-laws read as follows:
Award (Rev. 3/1999): The student award consists of a $100 grant to be used to defray AAG and Coastal and Marine Specialty Group membership fees and travel expenses to the AAG annual meeting, a certificate, and recognition in the newsletters of the specialty group and the AAG.
This change to the by-laws was required to delete the provision that the award only be used "for AAG and Coastal and Marine Specialty Group membership fees for the following year".
Geography in America - 21st Century
The full chapter and bibliography for the Coastal and Marine section of the book is located at http://dusk.geo.orst.edu/gia. Norb Psuty, Dawn Wright and Phil Steinberg have written our section of the publication which is entitled "Coastal and Marine Geography: More Than Just Flotsam & Jetsam" Great job!!
COMA Slide Compilation Project 2000 Update
This note is a reminder about the Coastal and Marine Specialty Group SLIDE COMPILATION PROJECT 2000.
Coastal and marine geographers work in a variety of marvelous settings on a diversity of research topics, and have unique experiences and documentation of those studies. The exceptional quality of many of our colleague's slides at the AAG annual meetings inspired Wayne Engstrom and Joann Mossa to begin a slide compilation project for and from our membership. Currently, Rich Daniels is the primary contact for the project.
The draft version of the CD was presented at the COMA business meeting in Honolulu, HI and was well received. Currently we have eight slide sets on hand for a total of over 200 images. The sets on hand are as follows:
We have room for one or two additional slide sets (not to exceed 20 slides per set). Donít miss this opportunity to have some of your best slides or photographs converted into a digital format and to be involved in a product that will both assist the specialty group and make a contribution to the geographic community at large.
Video Critiques Wanted
Do you use any videos when teaching coastal or marine geography? (e.g. Beach: A River of Sand). On Don Ziegler's suggestion, the next time you show or view a coastal or marine video, take a moment to jot down its title, brief summary, strengths and weaknesses. Send this information to the Newsletter editors. We will include a column in upcoming newsletters as well as have it posted on the COMA web site.
News and Views from Members
News from Michael Craghan, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I have been appointed to a 1-year position as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science at City College of New York. My Ph.D. dissertation on sedimentary activity on urbanized estuarine shores will be defended in August 1999.
USGS Post-docs - three (3) in coastal and marine as well as many more in other geography topics
Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship applications will be out mid-summer. My class this year had 30 fellows and they are increasing it to 37 next year. Many potential hosts I have talked to want geographers/geologists/oceanographers. This is a really great experience and opportunity for anyone in graduate school with coastal and marine interests. See your local Sea Grant director for applications. Always willing to answer any questions - Jennifer Rahn 703-648-6739 email@example.com
"The People, the Coast, the Ocean: Vision 2020", Coastal Zone '99, San Diego, California, July 24-30, 1999. More Info? See omega.cc.umb.edu/~cz99/main.html.
"Geography at Work", Nineteenth Annual ESRI International User Conference. San Diego, California, July 26-30, 1999. More Info? See www.esri.com
CoastGIS '99 in Brest, France, 9-11 September 1999. The theme is "GIS and New Advances in Integrated Coastal Management". Get more info. on the web at http://www.ifremer.fr/coastgis99/
Geology of Coastal Ecosystems Workshop: Making Connections, September 8-10, 1999. Assateague Island National Seashore & the Princess Bayside Hotel in Ocean City, MD, for further information contact: Jennifer Rahn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The International Symposium of Sedimentological & Dynamic Processes in Estuaries & on Coasts: November 10-15, 1999, State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research (SKLEC), Shanghai, China. There will be several field trips offered, including ones to the Yangtze Estuary, Hangzhou Bay, Qingdao, and Hainan Island. Deadlines include: Six-page manuscript--31 August 1999. Further information: http://nt.sklec.ecnu.edu.cn. A brochure is available from H. J. Walker, Department of Geography, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA, 70803. E-mail email@example.com.
AAG'2000, April 4-8, Pittsburgh, PA, 96th Annual Meeting of the AAG, Paper Abstract Deadline - September 3, 1999; Nystrom Award Papers Deadline - September 3, 1999; Poster Abstract Deadline - October 1, 1999; Illustrated Paper Abstract Deadline - October 1, 1999. Further information: www.aag.org
Fourth Biennial Gulf of Mexico Symposium, April 10-12, Mobile, AL, for more information contact: Alabama Coastal Foundation Director Lisa Adams - 334-621-1541
GPR 2000, Eighth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 23-26 May, 2000, More information at: http://www.cssip.elec.uq.edu.au/gpr2000.html
Final Symposium of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR) dealing with the contributions of geographers. It will be held in Seoul, Korea in August of 2000, with a joint field excursion involving the Commission on Coastal Environments. Further Information from: Charles Rosenfeld <firstname.lastname@example.org>
If you know of any related conferences coming up in 1999/2000 or if you have announcements or newsworthy items concerning you, your department, or agency, please take a moment to send them to the newsletter co-editors: Harry Jol (email@example.com) Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 105 Garfield Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54702 or Rich Daniels (firstname.lastname@example.org) Shorelands/Dept of Ecology, P.O. Box 47690, Olympia, WA 98504. Thanks!
Musings from the Chair - Rich Daniels
Webstersís dictionary defines musing as "absorbed in thought or contemplation." Since Iím writing this only a few days after spending two weeks on the road in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee please forgive my lack of "depth" in this discussion.
As you may have noticed, the AAGí2000 abstract submission forms were published in the July issue of the AAG newsletter. If you are planning a presentation for Pittsburgh on a coastal or marine topic, please consider submitting your abstract to a COMA sponsored session. If you will be submitting your abstract to a special session not sponsored by COMA, please ask the session organizer to contact one of the COMA officers to determine if we can co-sponsor the session. This is important, as the AAG attempts to minimize conflicts between sessions that are sponsored/co-sponsored by a given specialty group. In addition, we are currently seeking session organizers for special sessions on coastal hazards and/or marine geography. If you feel you can find three or more presenters on ether of these topics give me a call and we (COMA) will assist you in reaching other potential presenters via the groups e-mail list.
Please note that the CD-ROM 2000 project is going ahead full steam and will be available for purchase in Pittsburgh. The next issue of this newsletter will contain order forms and a full description of the product. A demo version of the CDís interface will be available on the web via the groups new world wide web page at http://www.homestead.com/aag_coma in late August. In addition, a special "discussion session" is being sponsored by COMA in Pittsburgh to help publicize the CD. During the session each of the slide sets on the CD will be presented.
Last of all, who am I? This is what I told my new division manager last year.
Richard C. Daniels ĖA Short Story
Rich is a member of the Coastal Monitoring and Analysis Program (CMAP), Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, Department of Ecology. He is located at cube C2C-20 at the Ecology HQ building in Lacey, Washington. This particular cube is as far as one can get from any window and is known for the quantity of dust that spews from the ventilation vent location over the desk. It is also where the expensive color scanners are located. While not fending off scanner wana-use-bees he manages the GIS database for the Southwestern Washington Coastal Erosion Study. In addition, Rich is involved in the design, survey, documentation, and maintenance of a geodetic control network created to support the studies beach and nearshore topographic surveys.
When not stomping through fragile dune vegetation or endangered bird nesting areas with GPS equipment, fending off wana-use-bees, or updating the GIS, Rich uses the ERDAS Imagine software package to develop orthophoto mosaics. The "current" coastline and vegetation line are digitized from these orthophotos and compared to older shorelines to determine erosion or accretion rates.
On the side Rich does some writing and attempts to publish some of his works (see: http:/www.wa.gov/ecology/sea/swce/staff/daniels/pubs.html). While at home, Rich experiments with malt and hops, and according to Mr. Steve Butkus (Olympia, WA), "sure knows how to mix them hops, malt, and water."
O-yes, Iím an Eagle Scout too.