Project Period

September 1, 2010-March 31, 2014

Level of Access

Open-Access Report

Grant Number

NASA Grant 5404864

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During this 3-year NESSF fellowship and seven-month no-cost extension, I published two papers as first author (Briggs et al. 2011; Briggs et al. 2013) and two papers as a co-author (Alkire et al. 2012; Cetinic et al. 2012). I am also co-author on one submitted paper and have worked on five additional papers that are in preparation (two as first author). I have given talks at four international oceanographic conferences: The 2012 and 2014 Ocean Sciences Meetings in Salt Lake City and Honolulu, the 2012 Ocean Optics meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, and the 2013 Liege Colloquium in Liege, Belgium. I also gave a 45-minute seminar at the Laboratoire d'Oceanographie Villefranche-sur-mer in France. In 2013 , I received the University of Maine’s NSFA Graduate Research Excellence Award in recognition of the research conducted under the NESSF fellowship. In addition to my research-related accomplishments, I successfully completed five graduate-level classes (paid for with NESSF funding) and passed my qualifying exams to ascend to PhD candidacy.

My research focused on advancing methods for estimating two important oceanographic quantities - particle size and primary productivity (PP) - from autonomous platforms. The aim of my research is to pave the way for much greater global coverage of size and productivity estimates, both for direct application to ecological and biogeochemical studies and to validate and perhaps calibrate the growing number of global ocean color-based particle size and PP inversions.

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