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Meet the Professors of GEO/OC 103
Dr. Dawn Wright, professor of Geography and Oceanography, joined the OSU faculty in 1995. She
earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in marine geology and physical geography at the University of
California at Santa Barbara, and has focused much of her studies on the
forces responsible for change along seafloor-spreading centers, as well as the benthic zones and habitats of coral reefs. She has completed oceanographic field work in some of the most geologically
active regions on the planet, including the East Pacific Rise, the Mid-Atlantic
Ridge, the Juan de Fuca Ridge, the Tonga Trench, and volcanoes under the
Japan Sea and the Indian Ocean. She started off her career sailing on 10 legs of
the Ocean Drilling Program
(ODP), where she first met Dr. Duncan in the late 1980s! ODP ran until 2003 and conducted basic research into the history of the ocean
basins and the nature of the crust beneath the ocean floor. She is past Oregon Professor of the Year as chosen by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Dr. Bob Duncan, professor of Oceanography and Associate Dean of the
College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, joined the OSU
faculty in 1977. He earned his Ph.D. in marine geology at the Australian
National University and is a world-renowned expert on island volcanoes,
ocean floor basalts, and hotspots, with special interests in the
geochronology of ocean floor and ocean island basalts. Dr. Duncan has
also been heavily involved in the Ocean Drilling Program, serving on several ODP expeditions as a lead scientist.
ODP has now transitioned to the
Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), one of the premiere global earth science programs in existence
today. Dr. Duncan has continued his involvement there, serving on several important
IODP panels and committees.
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