2005 2009 B. S. Geophysical Sciences, with Honors icon

2005 2009 B. S. Geophysical Sciences, with Honors


Julia M. Moriarty

P.O. Box 1346 Phone (Office): (804)-684-7574

Virginia Institute of Marine Science Email: moriarty@vims.edu

Gloucester Point, VA 23062


Education:

2009 –2012 (anticipated) M.S. Candidate, Marine Science

Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), College of William & Mary, Gloucester Point, VA


2005 - 2009 B.S. Geophysical Sciences, with Honors

2005 - 2009 B.A. Physics, with Honors

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Awards: Dean’s List, 2005-2009


Research Interests

  • Transport and fate of sediments, nutrients, and contaminants

  • Coastal hydrodynamics

  • Numerical modeling




Fellowships and Grants:

August 2009-2011 Graduate Fellowship, VIMS /The College of William & Mary

May, Sept. 2010 Student Research Grant, Reves Center for International Studies, The College of William & Mary (for field work and collaboration with New Zealand scientists)

August 2009, 2010 ^ Kathleen & Robert Roper Fellowship, VIMS Foundation

December 2008 REU to Ocean Sciences award, National Science Foundation. 3rd place in REU student presentation contest at 2008 American Geophysical Union conference.

June-August 2008 Research Experience for Undergraduates Internship, National Science Foundation

June-August 2007 ^ Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, California Institute for Technology/ Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA


Research Activities & Relevant Work History

Formation and Reworking of Flood Deposits on the Waipaoa River Shelf, New Zealand: Variability in Sediment Transport and Deposition.

Department of Physical Sciences, VIMS, College of William & Mary, Gloucester Point, VA

Graduate Student, August 2009 - present

Advisor: Dr. Courtney K. Harris

Committee: Dr. Carl Friedrichs, Dr. Steve Kuehl, Dr. Linda Schaffner, Dr. Mark Hadfield (National Institute for Water and Atmosphere, New Zealand)

  • Developing and implementing a hydrodynamic-wave-seabed numerical model (ROMS-SWAN-CSTMS) for the Waipaoa River continental shelf

  • Evaluating the role of seabed consolidation and gravity-driven transport on sediment transport and deposition with an emphasis on the formation and reworking of flood deposits

  • Comparing model estimates to water column and seabed observations


Shoreline Studies Program, Department of Physical Sciences, VIMS

Student Assistant, 2010 – present

Advisor: Donna Milligan

  • Developing and implementing MATLAB code to efficiently analyze 50+ years of wind data and grain size data from sieves and a Rapid Sediment Analyzer (RSA) for 150 + samples


^ Angular Momentum Budget of Equatorial Atmospheric Circulation

Department of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Undergraduate Honors Thesis, March 2008-June 2009

Advisor: Dr. Noboru Nakamura

  • Quantified the angular momentum budget for global atmospheric circulation using observations and a simple model.

  • Analyzed circulation patterns for temporal (seasonal to decadal) trends.


Effect of Seasonal Variation on Sediment Transport and Deposition on a Collision Margin: the Umpqua River, OR

Department of Physical Sciences, VIMS, College of William and Mary, Gloucester Point, VA

Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Intern, June – August 2008

Advisors: Dr. Tara Kniskern, Dr. Courtney Harris

  • Investigated sediment transport and deposition at the Umpqua River, OR continental margin using the 3-D hydrodynamic numerical model ECOMSED

  • Evaluated seasonal variations in sediment transport and deposition in collaboration with scientists studying the transport of particulate organic carbon


Surface Roughness and Slope Analysis for Prospective Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Landing Sites

Planetary Sciences and Life Detection Section, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, June – August 2007

Advisors: Dr. Matthew Golombek, Dr. Joseph Michalski

  • Evaluated prospective landing sites for MSL based on landing risk

  • Calculated the landing site surface slope from satellite observations

  • Adapted data analysis and mapping programs for current landing site selection criteria


Rocks and Ores Collection, Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Volunteer, June – August 2006, December 2006

  • Assessed and evaluated field notes and associated scientific papers

  • Consolidated and categorized relevant information about specimens into single files

  • Standardized the collection’s labeling system; stored specimens


Published Conference Abstracts:

Moriarty, J.M., C.K. Harris. Reworking of Flood Deposits on the Waipaoa River Continental Shelf, New Zealand. Ocean Sciences, Salt Lake City, Utah. 20-24 February 2012.

Moriarty, J.M., C.K. Harris. Model Nesting: Open Boundary Conditions for a Hydrodynamic-Wave-Sediment Transport Coastal Ocean Model. MODSIM (Modeling and Simulation) World Conference & Expo, Virginia Beach, Virginia. 11 – 14 October 2011.

Moriarty, J.M., C.K. Harris. Wave- and Current- Induced Bed Stress on the Waipaoa Shelf, New Zealand: Variations in Time and Space. AGU Chapman Conference on Source to Sink Systems Around the World and Through Time, Oxnard, California. 24-27 January 2011.

Moriarty, J.M., T.A. Kniskern, C.K. Harris, and J. Warrick. Inter-annual Variation in Sediment Transport and Deposition During Winter and Spring Flood Events: Umpqua River, Oregon. Ocean Sciences, Portland, Oregon. 22-26 February 2010.

Hastings, R., M. Goni, R. Wheatcroft, T.A. Kniskern, J.M. Moriarty. Particulate Organic Carbon Distribution in Ocean Margin Sediments Adjacent to the Umpqua River, Oregon. Ocean Sciences, Portland, Oregon. 22-26 February 2010.

Kniskern, T.A., J. Warrick, K. Farnsworth, J.M. Moriarty. Seasonal River-Ocean Coherence and Effects on Sediment Transport, Deposition, and Reworking Along the U.S. West Coast. CERF Biennial Conference, Portland, Oregon. 1 – 5 November 2009.

Moriarty, J.M., T. Kniskern, and C.K. Harris. Effect of Seasonal Variation on Sediment Transport and Deposition on a Collision Margin: the Umpqua River. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California. 15-19 December 2008. Invited.


Department and Community Presentations (selected):

Momentum Budget of Equatorial Atmospheric Circulation. Physics Department Honors Seminar. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. May 2009.

Effect of Seasonal Variation on Sediment Transport and Deposition on a Collision Margin: the Umpqua River, OR. Society of Physics Students. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. November 2008.

Presentation of Student Research: Surface Roughness and Slope Analysis for Prospective Mars Science Laboratory Landing Sites. Guest Speaker. Ryerson Astronomical Society, Chicago, IL. October 2007.

Surface Roughness and Slope Analysis for Prospective Mars Science Laboratory Landing Sites. Summer Student Research Presentation. NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. Aug. 2007.


Teaching, Mentorship & Outreach

Teaching Assistant, Marine Science Minor, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA. August – December 2011. Supervisors: Dr. Elizabeth Canuel and Dr. Heather MacDonald

  • Assisted undergraduates in Fundamentals of Marine Science (Geological Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, and Chemistry, Toxicology and Pathobiology)

  • Acted as liaison between professors, students at different campuses and was responsible for distance-learning (video-conferencing) setup.

  • Organized semi-annual social event for all faculty and students involved in the program


Co-Mentor, NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program, VIMS, Gloucester Point, VA. June – August 2011. Supervisors: Dr. Courtney Harris and Dr. Tara Kniskern

  • Mentored undergraduate intern in NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, teaching him to run a sediment transport model and analyze the results


Outreach Educator, Careers in Marine Science Program, VIMS/ VA Sea Grant, Gloucester Point, VA. 2010 - 2011. Supervisors: Dr. Carol Hopper-Brill

  • Led and assisted with role-playing classroom activity in middle and high school classrooms.


Tutor, Rita Welsh Adult Literacy Program, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 2009 - 2010. Supervisor: Ms. Barbara Monteith

  • Tutored adult learner in math and other subjects for successful GED completion


Skills and Field Experience:

Computer Languages/ Software: Matlab, Fortran, IDL, GIS, C, Python

Computer Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Linux, Macintosh

Ocean Models: ROMS (Regional Ocean Modeling System), SWAN (Simulating WAves Nearshore), CSTMS (Community Sediment Transport Modeling System); ECOMSED

^ Research Cruises: Four research cruises on the Waipaoa River continental Shelf, Jan. 2010 – Feb. 2011 to collect seabed and water samples and deploy tripods. Conducted Gust erosion chamber experiments.


Service & Leadership

Sept. 2011 – present Student Representative, Search Committee for Marine Geology Faculty, VIMS, Gloucester Point, VA.

Sept. 2010 – present Student Representative, Awards Committee, VIMS, Gloucester Point, VA.

Sept. 2009 – present Student Representative, Education Policy Committee, VIMS, Gloucester Point, VA.

June 2008 – 2009 President, GeoUnion (Department of Geophysical Sciences undergraduate society), University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

June 2008 – 2009 Co-Captain, Cross-Country and Track and Field teams, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Julia M. Moriarty Curriculum Vitae page /




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