Sloan Coats, Celia Eddy and Zach Eilon Receive Outstanding Student Paper Awards

Congratulations Sloan Coats, Celia Eddy and Zach Eilon for receiving Outstanding Student Paper (OSP) awards
at the Fall 2013 meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, CA.

Sloan won the OSP award in the Global Environmental Change section for his paper "Are Simulated Megadroughts in the North American Southwest Forced?" Sloan's main research focuses on model-data comparisons of low-frequency hydroclimate dynamics using the CMIP5 and PMIP3 model archives. Specifically, he uses the paleoclimate record as a model target for both specific hydroclimate features (e.g. megadroughts in the Southwest of North America) and more generally hydroclimate variability on multidecadal-to-centennial timescales in the PMIP3 model runs.

Celia won the OSP award in the Seismology section for her presentation titled “Combining local surface-wave amplitude and phase-velocity observations to improve elastic models of Earth structure with USArray data.” Celia’s research focuses on regional and global seismology.  In particular, she uses the surface waves produced by earthquakes to study the properties of the Earth’s interior. Her research has focused on using the novel observation of surface-wave amplification to study the upper mantle beneath the continental United States. 
Zach won the OSP award in the Tectonophysics section for his presentation titled “Teleseismic body wave tomography within a highly extended continental rift: the Woodlark Rift, Papua New Guinea.” Zach’s research focuses on the Woodlark Rift, in Papua New Guinea, using a variety of seismological techniques to investigate the transition from continental extension to seafloor spreading, coeval with exhumation of the world's youngest ultra-high pressure metamorphic rocks.  He has used shear wave splitting to resolve an extension-parallel anisotropic fabric within this rift, as well as teleseismic body wave tomography to image the region of mantle upwelling.

Contratulations Sloan, Celia and Zach!!!