Welcome to the SEPM Blog's newest series: Science Student Spotlights! Throughout the year, we'll be featuring the science and work of some of our best and brightest SEPM Student Members, including some of our SEPM Foundation Research Grant winners.
Marianne's work recently became even more relevant when the U.S. Department of Interior released a statement about the -Harris administration advancing offshore wind in the "Morro Bay 399 Area" - her study site. Her samples from the area, which will be analyzed with the help of SEPM funding, are crucial in determining geohazards in the region before hundreds of wind turbines emplaced. We love seeing science in action! A bit more about Marianne:
Name: Marianne Coholich
School: Stanford University
Program: M.S. in Geological Sciences as a member of SPODDS (the Stanford Project on Deep-water Depositional Systems)
Advisor: Stephan Graham
Research Statement: Newly acquired jumbo piston cores and high-resolution autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) seafloor images of the Lucia Chica deep-water channel system (offshore California) reveal modern sand deposits not previously detected. Analyzing these core samples and seafloor images has the potential to provide new constraints on earthquake periodicity along the west coast, contribute to understanding reservoir properties in weakly confined deep-water channel systems, and assess the geological risks in constructing an offshore windfarm in the region.
Core samples being collected by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)
Interested in learning more about Marianne's work? Connect with her on LinkedIn to learn more. Stay tuned for our next student spotlight!