Four Ph.D. Students Recognized by AGU

Four Ph.D. Students Recognized by AGU

Monday, February 8, 2016

University of New Hampshire Ph.D. students with College of Engineering and Physical Sciences recently received Outstanding Student Paper Awards from the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

The winners were notified in January following their poster presentations at the Fall 2015 AGU meeting held in San Francisco from Dec. 14-18. Students from UNH receiving an award included Ryan Cassotto, Anthony Saikin, Danielle Grogan, and Pamela Moyer.

The Outstanding Student Paper Awards are awarded to promote, recognize and reward undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students for quality research in the geophysical sciences. Each year, sections and focus groups recruit judges to assess and score student oral and poster presentations at meetings. Typically the top three to five percent of presenters in each section/focus group receive an award.

Anthony Saikin

Space Science Center and Department of Physics

Saikin's research focused on the generation, spatial distribution, and wave properties of electromagnetic ion cyclotron (EMIC) waves in the Earth's magnetopshere. His research explored the relationship between the observance of EMIC waves and different levels of geomagnetic activity and solar wind pressure. The study revealed that by varying the levels of geomagnetic activity or dynamic pressure, the locations of EMIC waves in the Earth's magnetosphere shift to different regions. EMIC waves are observed throughout the Earth's magnetosphere and can impact other particle dynamics. The study compliments and improves upon previous research that explored the conditions under which they generate. 

Danielle Grogan

Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science in the Department of Earth Sciences

Grogan's paper was entered into the Hydrology Section and assessed the amount of groundwater that is used for agriculture globally.  Additionally, it quantified how many times groundwater is re-used by way of agricultural wastewater entering streams, rivers, and percolating back into aquifers.

Pamela Moyer

Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science in the Department of Earth Sciences
Moyer’s paper on earthquake seismology investigated earthquake processes to better understand the strength of oceanic faults.  By analyzing recorded earthquake waveforms, she determined that the fault is strongest in the region where the largest earthquakes occur.

Ryan Cassotto

Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science in the Department of Earth Sciences

Cassotto’s research focuses on glaciology and remote sensing. His poster titled Large Response to Precipitation and Tidal Forcing at Columbia Glacier Imaged with Terrestrial Radar Interferometry, demonstrated  how a major rain event re-invigorated flow along Columbia Glacier’s termini, and altered the response of the glacier’s termini to ocean tides.  The results of the short-term study complement longer satellite records and have implications for the seasonal and annual variations in speed, stability, and continued retreat of this storied glacier, which played a role in the 1989 Exxon-Valdez oil spill. The poster was entered into a session titled Innovative Methods for Quantifying Glacier Processes, one of the many sessions in the Cryosphere section of the AGU Fall meeting.

Earth Sciences