GEO/OC 103 Exploring the Deep: Geography of the

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GEO/OC 103
Exploring the Deep:
Geography of the World’s Oceans
Today’s Tune:
from the soundtrack of
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Lectures MWF
1:00 - 1:50 p.m.
Gilfillan Auditorium
4 credits
Oregon State Oceanography
• One of the best in the nation
– Research productivity
– National/international reputation
– COAS ranked as high as 5th nationally
• Biological, chemical, geological, physical,
geophysical, marine resource
management (MRM), atmospheric
• Climate Change Research Institute
OSU Oceanography cont.
Hatfield Marine Science Center
Integrated Ocean Drilling Program
Consortium on Ocean Leadership
National Center for Atmospheric Research
National Academy of Sciences Ocean
Studies Board
• National Oceanic & Atmospheric
Administration or NOAA!
Required Book
“Exploring the Deep:
GEO/OC 103 Lab Manual”
Available in OSU Bookstore.
Each student needs his/her own copy.
Optional Book
“Invitation to Oceanography”
(5th edition)
by Paul Pinet
On reserve for FREE in library or
available in OSU Bookstore.
( labs start NEXT week in Wilk 210 )
• Teaching Assistants
– Jenna Halsey
– Kelvin Raiford
– Kate Sherman
– Brian Wilson
– Katie Woollven
• Check course site or catalog for your lab time!
• Learn your TA’s name from schedule,
introduce yourself at first meeting
Key Locations
COAS Admin
in Lab . . .
Work with real oceanographic data
Work with a geographic
information system
(GIS), a hot technology!
Lab 9:
Required Field Trip to Oregon Coast
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Bookmark this site!!!
This web site is your syllabus !!!
What Will I Learn?
• NOT very much about whales and fishes!
• Formation of the world’s oceans and
ocean basins
• Tsunamis and major earthquakes along
the Oregon coast
• Volcanic activity in the Cascades and just
off the Oregon coast
• Currents and ocean circulation
What Will I Learn?
• Chemistry of sea water and underwater
hot springs
• Waves and tides
• El Niño and La Niña
• Biology of the oceans, from one-celled
organisms to whales
• Protecting the oceans and coasts
• Climate change, global warming… and
This class may NOT be for you if you can
answer YES to any of the following:
• “I don’t expect to attend class very often.”
• “Large, general education classes should not
require me to study very hard.”
• “I am a graduating senior, am really tired of
school, and need one last, easy science
• “Science is lame! I’m just doing this to satisfy a
• “I hate the computer and don’t think it’s worth
learning how to use. Professors should not
require students to use a computer.”
This class will be GREAT for you if you can
answer YES to many of the following:
• “I’m really interested in the Earth and am willing
to apply myself to learn about it.”
• “I‘m scared of math, but willing to try.”
• “I am willing to attend lectures, and go to every
lab section, because I know that I will learn more
if I do.”
• “I’m worried about the future of the environment
and would like to know how to interpret the
claims of scientists.”
• “I appreciate professors who use computer and
communications technology because it improves
the class.”
You should certainly take this class if you can
answer YES to any of the following:
• I’m really worried, concerned, or even angry about:
– marine pollution…
– global warming, hurricanes, tsunamis…
– over-fishing of important fish species…
– the Earth’s physical resources being overused…
A Good Learning Environment
• Class attendance is KEY!
• Class attendance for the ENTIRE class
period is KEY!
• Please don’t hold conversations or walk out
in the middle of class
• This class is not only about oceanography
– Training for life and work AFTER college
• Atmosphere of mutual respect
A Special Note to Athletes . . .
• “It’s from my father,” Manning says, “he
instilled a work ethic in me. I think he meant
it for academics, not football, because he
never pressured me in that direction. I just
translated it to football.”, “The Son Also Rises”, article by Dave Goldberg, Associated
Lecture Format
• *notes provided as text and as PPT
– text that appears on slides w/ SOME
• curse & blessing
– info all there but don’t space out
– challenge yourself & us w/questions and
• Different learning styles
GEO/OC 103: “Da Rules”
 Attend class (on time) and STAY the entire class period.
 Read through a lab BEFORE your lab period.
 Save eating for spaces outside the classroom (and clean
 Participate. If you don’t understand something, ask. I can
guarantee…absolutely… that if you don’t understand
something, there are a dozen other people in the room, at
least, that share that confusion.
 Be respectful of the other people in the room..(no phones,
no newspapers, no conversations, careful with laptops!)
 Remember that while you paid tuition for this class, so did
the people around you.
 It’s a community.
GEO/OC 103: “Da Rules” (cont.)
• In-class work: only gets done that day, we don’t make it up.
• Labs: show up, ask questions, complete the work… If you
have a conflict and MUST attend another section, let BOTH
teaching assistants know.
• Honesty, ethics, cheating and plagiarism (do, do, don’t,
• Final exam is already scheduled. Plan for it. Contact us
next week regarding end-of-term conflicts.
• Rules aside….if you struggle, if things are wrong, tell one of
us or your teaching assistants. We’ll work on solutions.
Exams & Grades
Exams & Grades (cont.)
Test 1 (W, Apr. 20) = 15%
Test 2 (M, May 16) = 15%
Final (W, Jun. 8) = 30%
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Labs (inc. field trip) = 40%
GEO/OC 103 Grades
Weighted Percentage
95-100 = A
90-94 = A85-89 = B+
80-84 = B
75-79 = B70-74 = C+
65-69 = C
and so on…
Mandatory Field Trip to Oregon Coast
May 21st
All Exams take place HERE
Final Exam
June 8th
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Dr. Dawn Wright
114 Wilkinson Hall
[email protected]
Office Hours:
1:50 - 2:50 p.m.
or by appointment
Who Am I?
• B.S. in Geology
– Wheaton College in Illinois
• M.S. in Oceanography
– Texas A&M
• Ph.D. in Physical Geography & Marine
– UC-Santa Barbara
Who Am I? (cont.)
“Dr. Deepsea Dawn”
“Mountains under the sea”
Maps of the mountains
Shape/structure of the mountains
Things that go “bump” in the dark
Seafloor-spreading / subduction
Benthic terrain classification of coral
Who Am I ? (cont.)
• Application and analytical issues in GIS for
oceanographic data
Other Interests
Snoopy, Calvin and Hobbes comics
Building Legos®
Competitive cycling
Animation / “Art House” films
Silversun Pickups, Arcade Fire, Dandy
Warhols, U2, Erasure, Moby, Celtic
Dr. Robert Duncan
COAS Admin Building (across the street)
[email protected]
Office Hours:
by appointment
Up until now….
• Undergraduate degree in Geology
• Masters degree in Geophysics (Stanford)
• Ph.D. in Geochemistry (Australian
• U.S. Geological Survey
• OSU faculty since 1977
Main research interests:
tectonics and ocean crustal rocks
Hotspots and flood basalts
Environmental impacts of
catastrophic volcanism
Tectonics and climate change
Scientific Ocean Drilling
Other interests:
- wife, Environmental Policy research at
- son and daughter, both OSU graduates
Soccer coaching
- old farts indoor soccer
- Liverpool; USA in the World Cup 2010
A lot of science is observing
• A way of making
sense the world
– Observations
– Hypotheses
– Prediction
– Testing
– Repetition
There’s a lot you can tell by observing
and a lot that can be confusing
• Repeated observations:
What would seeing these
two humans tell you about
the species?
• (Would you guess they
were the same species?)
Why do you have to take a science course anyway?
The Ocean is central to understanding:
Climate system
Natural hazards
Species diversity
Food, transportation, security
New sources of renewable energy
Our political system depends on informed citizens -that’s YOU!
Exploration of the oceans -Why go there?
John F Kennedy’s speech on space exploration
Don’t Let This be You !!!
“I need to talk to you about my grade.”