H2OSU - October 1, 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012
(Fall Term, Week 2) 



Tuesday, October 2, 4-5 pm, Burt Hall 193, Geography of Changing Climate and Hydrology in the US and Canada, Julia Jones, CEOAS- GEM Research Group Seminar Series

Wednesday, October 3, 4-5 pm, Agricultural & Life Sciences 4000, Salmon: A crucible for translational ecology in the Pacific Northwest, Denise Lach, OSU, School of Public Policy. 

Thursday, October 4, 12-1 pm, Gilmore Annex Conference Room, Hydrophiles Brownbag - Welcome Back Brownbag - Willamette Basin Welcome.

Friday, October 5, 3-4 pm, Various Locations, Passive Sampling for Catchment Water Quality Monitoring - Nandita Basu, University of Iowa; CUAHSI Fall Cyberseminar Series.



Tuesday, October 9, 4-5 pm, Burt Hall 193, GEM Research Group Seminar Series - Hannah Gosnell - Payment for Ecosystem Services: Pathway to Rural Sustainability?; Jenna Tilt- A Tale of Two Cities:  Land Use Planning in Portland, Oregon and Beijing, China.

Wednesday, October 10, 4-5 pm, Agricultural & Life Sciences 4000, Beyond the Foundation: Achieving Robust Durability in Watershed Collaboratives - Ed Weber, OSU, School of Public Policy.

Friday, October 12 - Saturday, October 13, Hydrophiles Deschutes River Field Trip/Float Round Butte Dam Visit and Camping Trip.

Saturday, October 13, 9-2 pm, Echo Glen Farm, Rural Living Field Day.

Look ahead on our online osu water events calendar.



  • Fourth Annual Symposium on Columbia River Governance, October 10-12, Polson, Montana.

The Universities Consortium on Columbia River Governance provides a nonpartisan forum for transboundary dialogue on Columbia River governance and the Columbia River Treaty. The Consortium also engages students in curriculum related to a major natural resources problem; and connects University research to stakeholder needs in the Columbia River Basin.

OSU is well represented at this year’s Symposium with Dr. Aaron Wolf speaking and four WRGP students attending.  If you would like to attend, early registration is open until October 3.


  • Students Tap Nature’s Genius to Solve Water Management Challenge

Registration is open for the Biomimicry Student Design Challenge, the only design competition that trains students in biomimicry and awards prizes to the teams that create the best biomimetic innovations. This year participating teams will use biomimicry to design sustainable solutions that improve water access and management—an issue that is quickly becoming one of the most critical global challenges impacting health, security, and sustainability. Registration closes October 19, 2012. Learn more and register today at www.biomimicrydesignchallenge.com. If you are interested in this opportunity, and in forming a team from OSU, please contact Jennifer Eaton (jennifer.eaton@oregonstate.edu ) by Tuesday October 2 and she will help set up an initial meeting.


  • OSU Climate Network List-serve link

The OSU Climate Network is intended as an interdisciplinary network of humanities, natural, and physical sciences faculty and students at OSU working on climate related issues toward understanding climate change and variability, its link to the natural world, and informing societal decisions, behavior, and values to adapt and mitigate. The goal of the list-serve is to facilitate OSU networking and knowledge sharing on the topic of climate change. The list-serve will provide information via member post about courses, seminars, events, opportunities, and collaborations. Additionally, the list-serve will offer invitations to social gatherings designed to strengthen interdisciplinary ties among local researchers.



  • The “Slippery Slope to Slime”: Overgrown Algae Causing Coral Reef Declines (OSU News & Research Communications)

Researchers at Oregon State University for the first time have confirmed some of the mechanisms by which overfishing and nitrate pollution can help destroy coral reefs – it appears they allow an overgrowth of algae that can bring with it unwanted pathogens, choke off oxygen and disrupt helpful bacteria.


  • Corvallis wastewater plan gets a twist (Corvallis Gazette Times) 

Caught between a looming compliance deadline and broad citizen opposition, a Corvallis City Council committee ordered a fast-track evaluation of a new proposal for cooling treated wastewater before discharging it into the Willamette River.


  • As Arctic Ice Melts, So Does The Snow, And Quickly (NPR) 

Researchers say global warming is no doubt contributing to this early melting of spring snow. And Philip Mote at the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute says there may be a relationship between the rapid loss of sea ice and the early snowmelt.



Stanaway D, Haggerty R, Benner S, Flores A, Feris K (09/2012)Persistent Metal Contamination Limits Lotic Ecosystem Heterotrophic Metabolism after More Than 100 Years of Exposure: A Novel Application of the Resazurin Resorufin Smart TracerEnvironmental Science & Technology

González-Pinzón R, Haggerty R, Myrold DD(2012) Measuring aerobic respiration in stream ecosystems using the resazurin-resorufin systemJournal of Geophysical Research



Foundation: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Keystone Initiative Grants (LOI: 10/01/2012) 12/01/2012 

NSF: Energy, Power, and Adaptive Systems (EPAS) 10/07/2012

State of Oregon: OSU General Research Fund (GRF) 10/15/2012

NSF: Arctic Research Opportunities Arctic Natural Sciences; Arctic Social Sciences; Arctic System Science; Arctic Observing Network; and Cyberinfrastructure 10/18/2012

NSF: Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation - Broadening Participation in STEM Education Research Proposals 10/19/2012

NSF: Physics of Living Systems (PoLS) 10/24/2012

NSF: Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS) 10/31/2012 

State of Oregon: LL Stewart Faculty Development Fund 10/31/2012

NSF: Integrated Earth Systems (IES) 11/14/2012

NSF: Applied Mathematics 11/15/2012

NSF: Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) 11/20/2012 

(Visit the IWW funding database for more funding links...)



NSF: SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SBE DDRIG) - Geography and Spatial Sciences 10/11/2012

Sigma Xi Student Research Grants 10/15/2012 

Foundation: AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science 10/15/2012 

NSF: SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SBE DDRIG) - Sociology 10/15/2012 

Foundation: CUAHSI Pathfinder Fellowship 10/15/2012 

Foundation: CUAHSI - Let’s Talk about Water Challenge Grant 10/31/2012 

NASA: The Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) Research Internship Program 11/01/2012

State of Oregon: Graduate Student Travel Award 11/01/2012 



(All New!)

Policy Coordinator, The Oregon Water Resources Congress (OWRC) (Salem, OR) (position begins 12/2012)

GIS Analyst, Geographic Information Services, Inc. (Kingsville, TX; Corpus Christi, TX; Meridian, MS) (open until filled)

Natural Resource Scientist 4, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (Thurston County – Olympia, WA) (open until filled) 

Rule Writer and Legislative Coordinator/Analyst (Environmental Planner 3), Washington Department of Ecology (Thurston County – Lacey, WA) (closes 10/08/2012)

Supervising Engineer – Water Resources, Division of Flood Management / Central Valley Flood Planning Office (Sacramento, CA) (open until 10/9/2012)

Economist, Bureau of Reclamation (Lakewood, CO) (open until 10/11/2012)

Hydrologic Technician, US Geological Survey (Coram, NY) (open until 10/5/2012)

Assistant or Associate Natural Resource Engineering Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering – Penn State (University Park, PA) (open until 12/31/2012)

Climatology, Watershed Science, or Hydrology Assistant or Associate Professor, University of Alabama, Department of Geography (Tuscaloosa, AL) (open until filled)

Nine-month, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor beginning August 16, 2013.  Ph.D. in Geography or closely related discipline at time of appointment is required. Candidates must demonstrate research expertise in climatology, watershed science, or hydrology.  The ideal candidate will have a research agenda that complements one or more of the department’s broader areas of focus, including human impacts on the environment, coupled human-environment systems, or environmental management/change. The ability to teach undergraduate and graduate physical geography courses in the area of specialization and supervise graduate student research is required.  Applicants must provide evidence of a high quality, independent research capability and be committed to securing external funding. This position is part of our initiative to develop a Ph.D. program specializing in Physical Geography at the University of Alabama.

To apply, go to https://facultyjobs.ua.edu/ and complete the online application.  For further information contact Lisa Davis, Search Committee Chair, Department of Geography, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487.  Email: ldavis3@bama.ua.edu. Review of applications will begin December 10, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled.  The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and actively seeks diversity among its employees.



Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Conference | Thursday, October 11, 2012 - Sunday, October 14, 2012 | Seattle, Washington | CUAHSI is convening a scientific symposia session which will discuss the emerging field of hydroinformatics, new technologies, and provide examples of interdisciplinary projects that utilize these technologies.

Ecological & Environmental Mitigation Banking: The Creation, Purchase & Sale of Mitigation Banks | Friday, October 19, 2012 | Seattle, WA

Society of American Foresters National Convention | Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - Sunday, October 28, 2012 | Spokane, Washington

6th Graduate Climate Conference | Friday, October 26, 2012 - Sunday, October 28, 2012 | University of Washington's Pack Forest Conference Center | View flyer: http://water.oregonstate.edu/sites/default/files/gcc.pdf

 (View the complete calendar of external events online.)



20th Annual Nonpoint Source Monitoring Workshop – The Secrets of Success, Making the Most of Available Resources | Sunday, October 14, 2012 - Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | DoubleTree Hilton at Warren Place, Tulsa, Oklahoma

NGWA Focus Conference on Gulf Coast Groundwater Issues | Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | Baton Rouge, Louisiana

National Ground Water Association (NGWA) Conference on Gulf Coast Groundwater Issues | Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | Baton Rouge, LA

Water resources in the arid and semi-arid regions: challenges and prospects. Case of the African continent. | Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - Friday, November 16, 2012 | Beni Mellal, Morocco

1st Guatemalan Hydrogeological Congress | Monday, November 19, 2012 - Saturday, November 24, 2012 | Ciudad de Guatemala, GUATEMALA


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